Blues Harmonica For Dummies by Winslow Yerxa

By Winslow Yerxa

The enjoyable and simple strategy to play blues at the harmonica

Blues harmonica is the most well-liked and influential form of harmonica taking part in, and it types the foundation for enjoying harmonica in different kinds reminiscent of rock and state. Blues Harmonica for Dummies grants a wealth of content material dedicated to the blues approach—specific concepts and purposes, together with bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked improvements; use of amplification to strengthen a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; developing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; old improvement of blues kinds; and significant blues avid gamers and recordings.

The accompanying audio CD beneficial properties the entire musical examples from the booklet, plus play-along workouts and songs that allow you to pay attention the sound you're striving for.
• In-depth insurance of significant blues harmonica techniques
• Blues music varieties, improvisation, and accompanying singers
• details on blues historical past and personalities

If you're intrigued via the assumption of knowing and gaining knowledge of the compelling (yet mysterious) paintings of taking part in blues at the harmonica, Blues Harmonica For Dummies has you lined.

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Table 3-1 Interval Sizes and Qualities Interval Size Interval Quality Number of Semitones Second Minor 1 Second Major 2 Third Minor 3 Third Major 4 Fourth Perfect 5 Fourth Augmented 6 Fifth Diminished 6 Fifth Perfect 7 Fifth Augmented 8 Sixth Minor 8 Sixth Major 9 Seventh Minor 10 Chapter 3: Deciphering the Code: A Blues Guide to Music Symbols Interval Size Interval Quality Number of Semitones Seventh Major 11 Octave Perfect 12 Keys A musical key is named for a note that you can use to sing or play a melody, such as G, A-flat, or C-sharp.

To get the most out of your harps, you can follow a few simple tips. You can get deep into cleaning and servicing them, but even the most basic harmonica care will help keep your harps in good shape. Knowing the parts of your harmonica Understanding how a harmonica is put together and how it works can help you appreciate how to care for it — and how to fix it when it something goes wrong. So let me take you on a quick tour. Reeds and reedplates The reeds are the heart of the harmonica. Each reed is a thin strip of metal that responds to your breath, vibrating to create one of the notes you hear when you play.

A high harmonica sounds brighter than a low harmonica, and its response seems whip-fast, as the reeds weigh less, vibrate faster, and produce more volume. The key of a harmonica is linked to its place on the low-to-high spectrum. At the low end of the spectrum is the G harmonica, then Af, A, Bf, B, and C. C is in the middle of the spectrum, and its lowest note is Middle C, right in the middle of the piano keyboard. The higher keys go up through Df, D, Ef, E, and F to Fs. Harmonica players have always taken advantage of the contrasts between the tonal qualities of high, middle, and low keys.

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