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SAMPLE VIDEO: Harmonica Lessons for Beginners
A simple playing tip to speed up your movement and add accuracy in single notes.
In this excerpt, Dave discusses some of the reasons for playing in either 1st Position or 2nd Position.
Dave gives a general overview of what you can obtain from both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas in regards to harmonica chords.
This is an example of a live online class where members can interact in real time.
SAMPLE VIDEO: Harmonica Note Bending Tips
The hole 1 Draw bend is the easiest on the harmonica for many people, but not for everyone. Dave's tips include: learn to control the angle of the airflow.
Dave's tips include: Don't try too hard, stay relaxed, let the bent note drop down in your body to belt level. Try NOT to tighten or suck with your lips.
Dave shows how using a very common 2nd Position blues riff, becomes an excellent drill for honing your 2 Draw blues bending.
SAMPLE VIDEO: Advanced Harmonica Lessons
Dave explains how the concept of "Follow Through", as found in many sports, also applies directly to your breathing and airflow.
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.
Dave demonstrates how you can use the "Tonguing" technique to create interesting sounds such as the "Chicken Call".
SAMPLE VIDEO: Chromatic Harmonica Lessons
Knowing the names of the notes is great for: learning scales, keying songs, reading music, and to play in different keys of music.
You'll hear a demo on both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas using the Tongue Blocking technique of "Octaves" to follow the chord changes.
Dave plays notes on the chromatic harmonica. Then, you listen and identify the note he plays. Hard at first, but it gets easier the more you do it.