Here is an index for my videos, including links:
This video gets into how to play rack harmonica, but it is also how to play guitar to support any vocal or lead instrument. Watch this video and the next one with your guitar player or band, and find new ways to unclutter and focus your music for more power at the same volume…
More info on clearing out space for rack harmonica, vocals or other lead instruments. Both video # 5 and #6 are about how to use silence, vertical and horizontal space, and timing to become a great back up musician.
This video is an example of playing a minor key blues in 5th position. I am playing in C#minor on an A harmonica using the minor pentatonic scale as the main pathway. This position is one of the great secret weapons that you can have in your bag of tricks for jamming. The really cool thing about 5th position is that you can play cross harp licks (2nd position) and they work really well most of the time. Once you get used to coming “home” to blow 2, you can crash around a lot and sound great.
The real trick to jamming blues in 5th position is to get comfortable playing the minor pentatonic scale. Once you have this hard wired in your playing, you will naturally skip over the one big fat clam note in 5th position- draw 5.
In May of 2012, I taught some courses in harmonica and vocals at the Huntingdon County Folk College at Juniata College near Huntingdon PA. This is a version of Joe Liggens “The Honeydripper” with an old Irish reel I learned from Rick Epping “Pol Hapenny” hitching a ride at the end of the solo.