009 – Bends (Intro)

Hello there!
This is the first of many episodes on how bend notes.
I’ll try to go as slowly and thoroughly as I can so you can get it right.
On this lesson I explain how to awake your muscles in order for you to start developing your ability
to produce new notes on your diatonic harmonica…
With these new notes you will be able to start playing some cool blues licks!
But first things first!
Let’s learn how to bend, tune our bends, learn the types of bends and connect the bends with other notes of the scales and then create licks, phrases and finally solos.
Now the real fun begins!
Happy 2012!!!

008 – Merry Christmas and some more grooves

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
On this episode I give you some last chord grooves,before we move to the next topic, so you can have some fun and develop your rhythmic perception. These “grooves” are a great way of exploring some rhythmic patterns present in different styles like blues, bluegrass, funk and pop music.
I wish you an amazing year full of good vibrations,love and music!
Happy 2012!

007 – Expanding grooves and chords

On this episode I continue exploring the “bases”and chord grooves we can use when playing rhythmically (but without soloing for now).
By starting the grooves on the upbeat and stressing upbeats and offbeats more often than the downbeats I can create a more syncopated bluegrass feel instead of a more down to earth bluesy feel.
These groove lessons will come in hand when we start to go over blues structures and licks,
I have one more lessons on grooves and than we will move to bends, 12 bar blues structure and how to begin to create licks and ideas for solos…Stay tuned!

006 – Expanding on Chord Grooves

Country Blues Groove

If you click the blue link “Country Blues Groove” above you will have the chance to hear the song I recorded as the intro and closing of this episode alone, without my voice over it.

On this episode I start to get into basic accompaniment you can use when playing along with blues or bluegrass tune in the Key of G.

If you have any doubt or suggestions email me through the “Contact” page.

Enjoy

005 – Intro to 2nd Position and Chord Grooves

Now is when things start to get “groovy”. It might be a little confusing in the beginning but stick with me and I am sure we will clear things out for you.

In this episode You will have a glance on what it means to play over “positions” on your diatonic harmonica. Other keys you can play and explore over your blues harp.

Remember, this is just an introduction. I intend to explore this topic thoroughly.

But for now on the next episodes we are going to explore a little bit of rhythmic breathing patterns and have fun with it.

If you have any doubt or suggestions email me at:   harmonicaforall@gmail.com

Watch and enjoy.

 

004 – More simple songs

On this 4th episode I give you 3 more songs and some more tips on how to approach the harmonica when you are a complete beginner.

Songs: 1-Ode to Joy, 2-Oh When the saint goes marching in, 3- Scarborough Fair

Remember to divide the songs and exercises into smaller parts (even if you have to divide it into 3 or 4 notes per part). The important is to give time to your body to develop the muscle memory necessary. It takes time. So practice it slowly and for short periods of time in the beginning.

15 minutes practice with your full attention is much better than an hour without focus.

Enjoy it.

003 – Simple Songs and more exercises.

On this episode I give you some exercises and some very simple songs to help you achieve a clean note .

Songs: Camptown Races, For he’s a jolly good fellow, Summertime.

Remember to divide the songs and exercises into smaller parts (even if you have to divide it into 3 or 4 notes per part). The important is to give time to your body to develop the muscle memory necessary. It takes time. So practice it slowly and for short periods of time in the beginning.

15 minutes practice with your full attention is much better than an hour without focus.

Most importantly,

Have fun