Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on January 28, 2003 at 23:45:49:
In Reply to: ARE THERE ANY SONGS WITH HARMONICA AND ACOUSTIC GUITAR? posted by Edward on January 27, 2003 at 19:45:05:
: Hey thanks for taking the time to help me out. A few friends of mine and I are looking to cover a good song. I play harmonica and they play guitar. If u have any suggestions i would really appreciate it.
There are so many songs that you can do. The tough part shouldn't be finding the songs but agreeing on which ones to do!
Are you doing material that features vocals?
Are you doing instrumentals?
Are you doing all the above?
Hopefully, your answer is "all the above."
I have no idea how well you play. With another musician to work with, your harmonica playing should easily be able to improve in leaps and bounds.
While I was in my 2nd band (1972), I played bass and harmonica (while the lead guitarist covered on bass). The rhythm guitar player/lead singer helped me to find the notes that were played on harmonica, by picking them on his guitar (and calling them out to me). At the time, I was still a beginner on harmonica. Instead of getting frustrated (and discouraged) by my initial efforts, this gave me some valuable experience.
We also subjected some old LP records by the Yardbirds to some extra wear and tear!
My suggestion is that you work out a variety of material, such as Gospel, Rock, C&W, Blues...
Don't get yourself locked in and stuck on a particular style or a specific kind of music.
I'm sure that if called upon to play blues, Charlie McCoy would not say, "I can only play country and western."
Charlie Musselwhite, if called upon to play rock'n'roll, would probably never say, "I can only play blues."
If Jon Gindick was asked, by a student, how to play Gospel, I doubt that his reply would be,"I can only teach you how to play 'Rock'n'Blues harmonica.'"
If you perform in public, be sure to pick material that entertains, but don't perform songs that are beyond your present ability/abilities. In short, don't bite off more than you can chew!
As a great harmonicist, you should be able to play all sorts of music.
One thing that I failed to mention...Have fun!
Wishing you success in your endeavors.
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