This is good to know if you get my DVD. You could probably eventually figure it out yourself like I had to do. Chapters 1-8 show up on the menu at first. To get to chapters 9-13 then clicking the UP arrow on your remote will highlight the RIGHT arrow on the menu and then […]
I have a teacher to recommend for you if you want to study jazz on the harmonica. My method, at this point, is about learning the basics of how the instrument is tuned, playing scales/arpeggios in multiple keys, and improvisation over the blues or funk tunes. I will point you to the astonishing Yvonnick Prene’s […]
I kept running into Buddy at events and once on a hiking trail. So I sent him a demo cd with mostly harmonica playing and some of my flute and saxophone on it also. He sent me a note saying that the cd was damaged and wouldn’t play so… I sent another one. Then I […]
I recorded a video on this topic and I posted it on YouTube and then I deleted it the next day. Why? It was 10 minutes long and the whole point of the video is that I put the slide button and edge of the slide under slow running water and work the slide back […]
Planned Neglect One of the most powerful success principles is the principle of planned neglect. You decide what things in life you can get away with neglecting in order to accomplish a goal. This helps narrow your focus. I want my students to plan on neglecting the notes below middle C and I don’t want […]
I discuss and demonstrate where you can and where you can’t play slide turns in all of the keys on the harmonica. I focus on my top 3 locations for the turns which are 2 4 and 6 as starting points for the ornament. Click here to view or download the pdf.
The key of C is a good place to start learning these because you can do a turn on every scale degree if you want. Sorry about the brightness/contrast issues but otherwise this lesson went very smoothly. I demonstrate the slide turn on every degree of the C major scale except the root. It’s easy to […]
I stumbled on this guy’s site from a Facebook post. There is a lot here that I will want to revisit later but here is a neat article encouraging focused practice time away from the internet and using flute books to get new practice material. Jon is a saxophone/flute/clarinet player and he seems to share […]
The first 5 notes of these different scales are exactly the same. The only thing that changes are the 6th and 7th degrees of the scale. That is the main point of this lesson. I would like to prepare a lesson where I explain what context to use these different scales as an improviser.