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Blues Harmonica For Dummies

Blues Harmonica For Dummies

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By (author) Winslow Yerxa

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 234mm x 23mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 8 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118252691
  • ISBN 13: 9781118252697
  • Edition statement: Original
  • Sales rank: 77,624

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The fun and easy way to play blues on the harmonicaBlues harmonica is the most popular and influential style of harmonica playing, and it forms the basis for playing harmonica in other styles such as rock and country. Blues Harmonica for Dummies gives you a wealth of content devoted to the blues approach--specific techniques and applications, including bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked enhancements; use of amplification to develop a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; constructing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; historical development of blues styles; and important blues players and recordings.The accompanying audio CD features all the musical examples from the book, plus play-along exercises and songs that let you hear the sound you're striving for. * In-depth coverage of major blues harmonica techniques * Blues song forms, improvisation, and accompanying singers * Information on blues history and personalitiesIf you're intrigued by the idea of understanding and mastering the compelling (yet mysterious) art of playing blues on the harmonica, Blues Harmonica For Dummies has you covered.CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase

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Winslow Yerxa is a widely known and respected harmonica player, teacher, and author. He has written, produced, and starred in many harmonica book and video projects, and provides harmonica instruction worldwide. In addition to teaching privately, he currently teaches at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California.

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The fun and easy way(R) to play blues harmonica"Blues Harmonica For Dummies" gives you a wealth of content devoted to the blues approach -- specific techniques and applications, including bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked enhancements; use of amplification to develop a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; constructing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; and much more.Dig into the blues -- get the 411 on the blues as a musical style, understand how the harmonica fits into the music, and survey the types of harmonicas availableDo the crawl -- grasp how to play melodies along with licks and riffs -- those nuggets of bluesy melody that make up the building blocks of blues harmonica playingDelve deep -- discover how to use your hands, lips, tongue, throat, and lungs to shape your sound and create sonic textureFind your style -- from prewar rural blues through amplified Chicago blues through modern blues-rock, discover classic recordings and playing techniques to help define your personal approachBe loud and proud -- put together a repertoire of tunes to play for an audience and amplify your playing with electronic equipmentOpen the book and find: "The lowdown on what it takes to get startedA blues guide to music symbolsHow to go from playing easy chords to strong single notes, and then to 12-bar bluesWays to shape, color, and punctuate your blues soundDetailed, step-by-step guidance on bending notesTips for developing your personal styleImportant players and recordings in different blues harmonica stylesLearn to: Play blues on harmonicaMaster techniques like bending, tongue blocking, and chordal rhythmConnect with blues history and the major players

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: So You Wanna Play Blues Harmonica? 7 Chapter 1: Connecting with the Blues 9 Chapter 2: Getting Your Harmonicas Together 17 Chapter 3: Deciphering the Code: A Blues Guide to Music Symbols 31 Part II: Doin the Crawl: Your First Harmonica Moves 55 Chapter 4: Breathing Life into the Harmonica 57 Chapter 5: Moving Around with Single Notes 73 Chapter 6: Creating Blues Harmonica Licks and Riffs 87 Chapter 7: Progressing Through the 12-Bar Blues 99 Part III: Beyond the Basics: Getting Bluesy 121 Chapter 8: Working with the Low and High Registers of the Harmonica 123 Chapter 9: Modulating and Punctuating Your Sound 137 Chapter 10: Enriching Your Sound with Textures 149 Chapter 11: Bending Notes: A Classic Part of the Blues Sound 169 Part IV: Developing Your Style 207 Chapter 12: Playing in Different Keys on a Single Harmonica 209 Chapter 13: Working Your Blues Chops in First Position 217 Chapter 14: Accelerating the Blues with Third Position 229 Chapter 15: Playing Blues Chromatic Harmonica in Third and First Positions 241 Chapter 16: Playing Blues in Minor Keys 259 Chapter 17: Groovin with Non-12-Bar Blues 271 Part V: Taking It to the Streets: Sharing Your Music 281 Chapter 18: Developing Your Blues Repertoire 283 Chapter 19: Blues Harmonica Amplification: Making a Big Noise with a Tiny Little Thang 297 Part VI: The Part of Tens 313 Chapter 20: Ten Things to Know about Sharing Your Music with Others 315 Chapter 21: Ten Important Periods and Styles in Blues Harmonica History 325 Part VII: Appendixes 333 Appendix A: Tuning Layouts for All Keys 335 Appendix B: About the CD 341 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. End-User License Agreement 349 Index 351