Re: help would be appreciated greatly....


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Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on June 27, 2001 at 20:40:45:

In Reply to: help would be appreciated greatly.... posted by Fancy man of the southwest on June 27, 2001 at 18:00:25:

: Does anyone know where I can get harmonica lessons in albuquerque? I have some experience but I need to learn the more advanced stuff like bending and trilling. And yes, I did look at the explanation for bending on this site, but it didn't help me any...HELP PLEASE...thank you, have a splendiforous evening.

I never took any harmonica lessons, but I did alright. However, I should've done better.
My instructors were the Yardbirds, the Beatles and others. Yup! I listened to records. I also read books. In addition to all that, some of my friends and I shared similar musical interests...and we weren't the classic examples of teenaged musical geniuses
either.
Be patient. Read the books, and follow the instructions step by step. While you're at it, learn to read both standard musical notation and the tab system. Don't become musical illiterate but on the other hand don't become a slave to the tab system nor limited to being just an ear player. (You can find good musicians in each of those categories.) Before I digress too far, start with a decent harmonica in the key of C. Make friends among the local music scene. Also, check out the following recordings:
"I'm a Man" by the Yardbirds
"Love Me Do" by the Beatles
"Psychotic Reaction" by the Count V
"I Should've Known Better" by the Beatles
"Now Look What You've Done" by the Rolling Stones
The list goes on, but the above listed songs should not be too difficult to learn. A guitarist can help you find the notes. Get the guitarist to play the note of the harmonica riffs on the guitar, tell you what notes to play and help you to capture those notes. By this time, you should already know how to tongue block.
DO NOT GIVE UP. Your first efforts will probably be very frustrating. Those disappointing moments of frustration are all part of the learning stage. Getting a few headaches is just part of paying your dues to our exclusive ranks, to which I would personally like to welcome you.
Wishing you success in your endeavors,
Patrick


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