Harmonica For Dummies

Harmonica For Dummies

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Master the harmonica fast with this fun, easy guide
Everybody loves the sound of a harmonica, and the thought of learning to play one is even more appealing. The instrument's portability, versatility, and affordability make it a great choice for those interested in learning how to produce the unmistakable, signature sound found in many styles of American music. With Harmonica For Dummies, you can learn to master the harmonica faster than you ever thought possible, even if you have little to no playing experience. This easy-to-use resource is filled with tips, tools, and instructions that will have you playing in no time.

In Harmonica For Dummies, you'll find an accessible format designed to help you access new techniques, songs, and styles of playing. Accompanying digital content and interactive tools will help you learn the nuances of playing harmonica and give you the know-how to use this versatile instrument to its fullest potential.

Provides you with a high-quality, comprehensive instructional manual
Instructs you with detailed instructions and tips to help you learn to play quickly
Written in a clear, easy-to-understand format complete with accompanying audio/video content
Helps you improve your playing and embrace the many musical styles that have made the harmonica an iconic instrument

The harmonica is a very accessible instrument, but only those with the right instruction and direction will be able to experience the joy of using it for accompaniment and solos. Let Harmonica For Dummies guide you through the learning process and make you a harmonica expert in a flash!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 182.88 x 233.68 x 27.94mm | 544.31g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 2nd Edition
  • 1118880765
  • 9781118880760
  • 68,254

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Learn to:

Play right out of the box, with little or no experience Create exciting rhythms and make that wonderful wailing sound Bend notes like a pro Play along with harmonica songs online and hear the sound you're going for Make music with the harmonica using this fun and easy guide

Even if you've never gotten your hands on a harmonica, this easy-to-follow and friendly guide makes it possible--and easy--to start making those unmistakable, signature sounds straight out of the box. Packed with tips, tools, and instructions, Harmonica For Dummies will have you playing all kinds of musical styles on this instrument in a flash!

Start your harmonica experience -- find expert guidance on shopping for a harmonica, making your first sounds, finding the key of a song, and exploring rhythm basics Craft your skills -- start playing chords and single notes, shape your sound with your throat and hands, enhance your notes with your tongue on the harp, and bend notes down and up Take position -- discover how positions help your playing, develop flair and speed, master new songs, and start playing along with music to master your skills Find your style -- whether it's blues and rock, country tunes, or fiddlin' the night away with folk and Celtic songs, discover the many musical styles you can play on the harmonica Put it all together -- put your music out into the world with guidance on arranging and adding vocals to your tunes, working with a band, and amplifying your sound Open the book and find:

Guidance on counting time The scoop on relaxation, breathing, and rhythm Ways to combine chords and melodies Develop a repertoire of tunes The importance of practicing persistence The secrets of playing overblows and overdraws How to use effects to alter a harmonica's sound Tips for maintaining and improving the performance of your harmonicas
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Table of contents

Introduction 1
Part I: Getting Started with Harmonica 5

Chapter 1: What Is This Thing Called Harp? 7

Chapter 2: Becoming a Harmonica Owner 13

Chapter 3: Making Your First Harmonica Sounds 29

Chapter 4: Relating to Notes, Scales, and Chords 51

Part II: Starting to Make Some Music 71

Chapter 5: I Hear a Melody: Playing Single Notes 73

Chapter 6: Shaping Your Sound 99

Chapter 7: Enhancing Your Sound with Your Tongue on the Harp 123

Chapter 8: Bending Notes 145

Chapter 9: Positions: Playing One Harp in Many Keys 173

Part III: Growing Beyond the Basics 195

Chapter 10: Fancy Playing: Developing Flair and Speed 197

Chapter 11: Mastering New Songs 215

Chapter 12: Behind the Hidden Treasure: Bending Notes Up 225

Part IV: Developing Your Style 241

Chapter 13: Rockin and Bluesin 243

Chapter 14: Expressing Yourself with Some Folk and Gospel Melodies 263

Chapter 15: Fiddlin the Night Away with Traditional Dance Tunes 279

Part V: Taking It to the World 295

Chapter 16: Putting It All Together Your Tunes, Your Band, Your Listeners 297

Chapter 17: Amplifying Your Sound 309

Chapter 18: Improving Your Harmonica with Repairs and Upgrades 323

Part VI: The Part of Tens 343

Chapter 19: Ten (Or More) Ways to Connect in the Harmonica World 345

Chapter 20: Way More Than Ten Harmonica Albums You Should Hear 353

Part VII: Appendixes 359

Appendix A: Tuning Layouts for All Keys 361

Appendix B: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 367

Index 377
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About Winslow Yerxa

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. He provides private harmonica instruction worldwide and currently teaches at The California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California.
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