The harmonica is a free-reed wind musical instrument, played by blowing or Other names for the harmonica are harp, blues harp, mouth harp, hand reed. There are 20 reeds on the harmonica—10 on the blow (exhale) reed plate and the chord—a tone outside of the key that builds bluesy tension—a note that will. From the harmonica to the blues harmonica (Steve Baker). What do people mean downloadable PDF lesson plans with exercises and music notation/TAB;.
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blues riffs for diatonic harmonica in C, in the style of. The Walters, Sonnyboy II, Sonny Terry, Levy, Clarke,. Milteau,. Piazza, Musselwhite, McCoy, Power and. Beginning Blues Harp - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online . Blues methode for harp. As you play along with this DVD you will have the opportunity to experience the enjoyment of allowing music to freely flow through you. This DVD will share with.
If you blow into hole 7, you will hear a C. However, there are also blow bends, overblows, and overdraws. All right, maybe not too many musical styles, but it's fun to play anyway. IDK if what I have is a harmonica, but I think it is. Whether or not someone likes his style - he is an incredible master of this instrument - very possibly unparalleled. Hohner is the one you hear about most, as it is the most common.
The song tabs in the book are easy to read, and the conversational writing style relies heavily on bulleted lists to good effect.
Crisp black and white photographs are used intelligently throughout. Basic harmonica instruction can be found in many places, but I know of no other book or pamphlet that offers that in an attractive package together with jamming tips and shortcuts, observations on the difference between practicing and playing, lesson plans on a six-week cycle, and more.
Sample Video. Tip- "Move Harmonica, Not Head". A simple playing tip to speed up your movement and add accuracy in single notes. Advantage of 2nd Position over 1st, Bluesy Bends. In this excerpt, Dave discusses some of the reasons for playing in either 1st Position or 2nd Position. Beginner Harmonica Chords. Dave gives a general overview of what you can obtain from both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas in regards to harmonica chords. Breathing Tip: Follow Thru with Airflow.
Dave explains how the concept of "Follow Through", as found in many sports, also applies directly to your breathing and airflow. Blues Scale Sections. Learn the value of not just learning a scale up and down, but instead dividing the 2nd Position Blues Scale into smaller "bite-size" chunks, which can then be used as blues riffs. Tonguing Technique: Dave demonstrates how you can use the "Tonguing" technique to create interesting sounds such as the "Chicken Call".
Lee Oskar "Starter Harmonica".
Hohner Crossover Bamboo Comb. Hohner Special 20 "Great 1st Harmonica". Suzuki Manji Diatonic Harmonicas - Set of 3. Suzuki Hole Chromatic Harmonica. Lee Oskar Package Deal: Here are some beginning harmonica tabs from Dave Gage's website. B means blow, D means draw.
Bending is something that's hard to get at first, but easy to do once you get it. However, this is not exactly a beginner technique.
Make sure you can do everything mentioned previously, especially playing single notes, before you attempt bends. Bending is used to change the pitch of a note. While inhaling or exhaling, you change the shape of your mouth, changing the speed at which the reed is vibrating and the pitch of the note that plays. Bends are primarily used when playing blues harmonica. The most common bends are draw bends, especially on the lower notes.
However, there are also blow bends, overblows, and overdraws. Now to the actual technique. Bending is very hard to explain in words, so I will quote from some online tutorials. Be sure to check out this site for detailed instructions on how to bend each hole and some very nice animations. Playing "bends" using the TILT Method Start with the 4 draw you can pick any note to start with but the general consensus seems to be that 4 draw is easiest.
Remember that you must change the angle of the airflow over the reed to "bend" the note. So let's cheat a little bit and alter the angle of the harmonica rather than alter the airflow angle by changing your mouth, tongue, and throat.
Hold the harmonica by the ends and then while playing a clean 4 draw. Tilt the back of the harmonica up towards your nose.
Make sure that when you tilt the harmonica up that you continue to draw the air through the harmonica though you hadn't tilted it up. You must change the angle of airflow across the reed to make the note bend. This trick of physically tilting the harmonica up, will create the same change of angle that you must eventually learn to do with your mouth, tongue, and embouchure.
If the harmonica pops out of your mouth, start over and make sure you have the harmonica placed far enough into your mouth so that it won't pop out. The reed in each hole requires a different angle to achieve a bend.
Generally speaking these angles look like this: Hole 4 draw takes about a 45 degree change of airflow angle. Hole 2 draw takes almost a 75 to 90 degree change of airflow angle to get it to bend down a whole step. Hole 3 draw takes an angle somewhere in between 45 and 90 degrees. Experiment with the tilting technique until you get a change in pitch.
When you start getting a "bend" stay with it until you can make a noticeable change in pitch. If you just can't seem to get 4 draw to "bend" If one practice session doesn't yield any "bends", call it a day and come back tomorrow. But whatever you do, don't give up. Playing "bends" Without Tilting the Harmonica recommended After you have reached the point of being able to get "bends" using the tilting method, its time to start learning how to get the same sound without tilting.
Tilting is OK to get the idea of "bends", but you won't be able to play very many songs if you're constantly tilting the harmonica around. You now must learn to change the shape of your mouth and tongue to simulate the same change in airflow that you got by tilting the harmonica.
This is the most difficult harmoinca technique to describe in words and different people describe the same process differently but here goes. Don't draw too hard or you will move past "draw bend" to "overdraw bend". There you have it. Below is a diagram of which notes can and can't be bent. Your harmonica might have more than one key printed on it.
On one side it probably says C, but on the other side, it might say G. Which key is it in? Your harmonica is technically in C, but you can play a different type of scale in the key of G. The natural position of the harmonica in this case, the key of C is called first position or straight harp. Second position, or cross harp, is the key a fifth up from first position G. Why use different positions? Two reasons. First, they allow you to play in multiple keys on one harmonica.
Second, it allows you two play scales other than the standard major scale. For example, if I wanted to play a blues scale in C, I would use a harmonica in the key of F. Each position is a fifth up from the next.
You will rarely use anything beyond fifth position, and you will usually stick to 1, 2, and 4. Second position, as mentioned earlier, is in the key of G. It is primarily used for blues harmonica. To play a blues scale, use this tablature: Third position is a fifth up from second position.
On a C harmonica, it would be in the key of D. You can use third position to play a blues scale or a Dorian minor scale which is almost a minor scale and can be used to play a lot of minor things.
The seventh note of the scale is just sharp. See tabs below. Fourth position is a fifth up from third position. On a C harmonica, it would be in the key of A. You can use fourth position to play a minor scale or a minor pentatonic scale, which is one note short of a blues scale A C D E G A.
If you get good at higher bends which are advanced you can add the Eb on the higher scale and make it a blues scale. But it's mostly used for minor scale. Fifth position is less common than the rest, and it's about as far as you'll ever need to go.
It's in the key of E.
With a little bending, you can play a blues scale or a minor pentatonic scale, or even a phrygian minor scale, although all these scales in various modes that's what those long fancy words are called are a bit outside the scope of most harmonica music. To play a phrygian minor scale or any other mode previously mentioned just go straight up the harmonica note by note starting and ending on the note of whichever key you are in.
Below is the tab for a blues scale. To turn a blues scale into a minor pentatonic scale, remove the fourth note. If you really start getting serious about the harmonica and you want to start jamming with people and playing music, you're going to need some harmonicas in different keys. Start with C of course. Then, if you want more, you can get them in as many keys as you want. I would stick to natural keys plain lettes, e. C instead of C with the exception of B. Get a Bb instead, it's more common and allows you to play blues in F instead of F.
When I did, they asked me if I wanted them to send me some information, and I said yes. If they don't ask, you can probably ask yourself. Anyway, this "information" includes a very nice case that holds 7 harmonicas, for free. Pictured below. As you play, you'll notice that gunk is going to start building up in the harmonica. This may not affect anything, and overcleaning can be bad, but cleaning occasionally is good.
Cleaning Without Disassembling If your harmonica has a plastic comb as opposed to wood or metal you can run room temperature water through it and let it dry. Disassembling For a more thorough cleaning, you can unscrew the cover plate, take out the comb, and clean it with water, soap, and an old toothbrush. But make sure you get all the soap off, you don't want it tasting like soap. If you have a wood comb, just rub it with the tooth brush.
Don't use soap or water. You can use soap and water on metal, but make sure to dry thoroughly so it doesn't rust. You can clean the cover plates by the same methods.
The reed plates can be cleaned the same way, minus the toothbrush. For more information: There are a lot of plugs for you to pay to become a member, but it has some useful info. He does a good job of noting some common mistakes that people make.
It's really important to listen to good harmonica players so you know what to aim for and to help you develop a good sound. I have a c harmonica but it has no numbers IDK if what I have is a harmonica, but I think it is.
It has 16 little holes, and 4 big ones. It's not from any of the bigger companies, so it doesn't have a key writen on it So yeah, please help me..
Reply 2 years ago. Plus, there are holea that you can ony inhale or exhale trough I can exhale trough it and I hear a note, but when i inhale nothing happens.
Yeah ok, it's a little bit dirty couse it's old but yeah