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AndyT replied to the topic 'Beginners Tabs & Exercises' in the forum. 4 hours 42 minutes ago

Here’s an exercise in the blues scale aimed at preparing for jamming. Aimed at the slightly more advanced beginner - as it requires you to bend draw 3.

Second position, any Key of a Diatonic harp – Richter tuning, e.g. Hohner Marine Band 1896.

2 = blow 2
-2 = draw 2
-2* = draw 2 bent
-2** draw 2 double bent
-3*** draw three triple bent

-2 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
-2 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
-2 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
-2 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6

4 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
4 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
-2 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
-2 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6

-4 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
4 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
-2 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6
-2 -2 -3** 4 -4 -5 6

For those who don’t know, this is the twelve bar blues scale. Lines 1 – 4 = I chord, lines 5-6 = IV chord, lines 7-8 = I chord, line 9 = V chord, line 10 = IV chord, lines 11 – 12 = I chord. You can substitute the line 12 I chord, with a V chord.

Repeat until bored, then you can start replacing notes etc and start some improvising..

This is a Jason Ricci routine, and one I find very useful as both a warm up and training for playing on the blues scale.

Andy

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Crawforde replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 14 hours 12 minutes ago

I tend to think of each block of 4 holes as a single hole. Then the spacing becomes similar to a chromatic and it seems easier to play without hitting off notes.

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 14 hours 21 minutes ago

jeremyh wrote:

I'm not sure how happy this harmonica is going to be, but I got it for an inconceivably low price and my voice is quavering with excitement :

I have a 24 hole, octave tuned Suzuki Humming tremolo and it is a REAL challenge! It's the most challenging harp I own. Even after owning if for many months, i haven't posted a video because it's really difficult to navigate those closely space holes. While I have improved significantly, I still miss enough holes that's it's hard to get through an entire song without hitting a sour note.

So be prepared for some hard work...but that will make you a better player in the long run.

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 14 hours 30 minutes ago

Harmlessonica wrote:

...and I'm not done yet! :)

Around the same time as the other recent orders, I saw a Suzuki Bluesmaster in Ab on Amazon...

Immediately upon my first play of the bluesmaster, it was clear that this was a strong contender for the best harmonica I've ever played.


But the main reason was not just the responsiveness or nice tone (which you find on many harps) but the fact that this one was just so darn comfortable!
...

Somehow, I missed this when you first posted it a few days ago.

No doubt about it, The Bluesmaster is an outstanding harp. I have more time playing Bluesmasters than any other harp. As you mentioned, they are ridiculously comfortable. They have all of the characteristics required of a mouth-friendly harp...specifically those recessed reed plates and gently curved, full length cover plates. It's the harp that I recommend for beginners and it's the harp I stash around the house so that I can grab it when I have some practice time (one in the computer room, one in the living room).

It's also very rugged and maintenance friendly. It's the harp I use when I just want to throw something in my pocket or play while I'm drinking a cup of coffee. I wouldn't play an expensive wooden harp like an 1847 while drinking coffee but the Bluesmaster is plastic and you can rinse it under running water. If you need the access the reeds, the covers unscrew in less than a minute.

Comfortable, rugged, maintainable, (relatively) inexpensive, and it plays very nicely. I have long mainted that it is the best bargain in the harmonica world.

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Crawforde replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 15 hours 25 minutes ago

Enjoy that!
They are good fun and Swan's can be surprisingly good for the price.

Mine likes me to play with a wide open mouth cavity and gentle pressure.

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jeremyh replied to the topic 'Harmonica Happy 2.0' in the forum. 15 hours 46 minutes ago

I'm not sure how happy this harmonica is going to be, but I got it for an inconceivably low price and my voice is quavering with excitement :
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I think it'll be a wile before I post a tune.

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Ragtime Annie' in the forum. 15 hours 57 minutes ago

Thanks Richard.

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keith replied to the topic 'Beginners Tabs & Exercises' in the forum. 20 hours 6 minutes ago

Here's one from the internet which shouldn't be too hard.

Will the circle be unbroken
(Diatonic in C)


3 -3 4 4 5 -4 4 5

5 4 5 4 5 -4 4

4 3 4 4 5 -5 6 5

5 4 5 4 5 -4 4

4 3 4 4 5 -4 4 5

5 4 5 4 5 -4 4

4 3 4 4 5 -5 6 5

5 4 5 4 5 -4 4

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keith replied to the topic 'Beginners Tabs & Exercises' in the forum. 20 hours 36 minutes ago

OK - I'll go first. :)

Not very exciting, but helps you get clear single notes.

The C diatonic scale.
(positive number = blow)
(negative number = draw)

Blues/ Richter tuned C 'harp
4 -4 5 -5 6 -6 -7 7
(C D E F G A B C)

Chromatic in C (& solo tuned diatonic)
1 -1 2 -2 3 -3 -4 4
(C D E F G A B C)

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Shamrock shared a photo. 21 hours 28 minutes ago

I currently follow lessons at www.bluesharpinc.nl/

Shamrock shared a photo. 21 hours 34 minutes ago

I ordered such a beauty with sugarcain.co.uk/ - feeling happy

Harmlessonica Congrats! I've been considering ordering one of his customs for ages, please post a recording when you can ... 20 hours 54 minutes ago
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Shamrock It's gonna take some time, since the delivery time is about 10 to 14 weeks. So it will be Xmas when this beauty gets to me 20 hours 49 minutes ago
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richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'Ragtime Annie' in the forum. 22 hours 27 minutes ago

Ragtime Annie
Now that sounds like it takes a lot of air.....................Well done sarge.

richard

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Ragtime Annie' in the forum. yesterday

Thanks!!!! Nope not pulling anyone's leg, I really did attend a squirrel hunt in the Shawnee Forest and have attended it for the last 14 years. We have had folks from Great Britain attend the hunt regularly. Squirrels are a challenge with a .22 rifle and are very good eating.

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spideryak replied to the topic 'Ragtime Annie' in the forum. yesterday

Nice playing, and a fun song.
(okay I can't tell for sure if you're "pulling our leg" about hunting squirrels)

though in these parts it is not unheard of playing..Cow patty bingo...usually as a fun raiser where you bet on where....well you get the idea..

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keith replied to the topic 'H.A.S. or N+1 ? (A bit of fun.)' in the forum. yesterday

All the new Seydels have arrived safe & sound, been tested, & are all good to go. :)

Now it's just down to me. ;)

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Ragtime Annie' in the forum. yesterday

What a fun tune! At one time, I had it figured out on mandolin. I'll have to give it a try on harp.
Hope you gave the squirrels a run for their money!

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keith created a new topic ' Beginners Tabs & Exercises' in the forum. yesterday

In here you will find some, hopefully useful, exercises & tabs for the beginner to start your journey with your harmonica. :)

(Each tab should say for which harmonica it has been created - i.e. Diatonic - blues/richter, solo, or orchestra tuned - or Chromatic - thanks.)

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keith replied to the topic 'New Player Questions (pinned thread)' in the forum. yesterday

I'll create a pinned Beginners Tabs & Exercises thread for you to put your tabs into.

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Lithy replied to the topic '12 bar blues' in the forum. 2 days ago

Thanks so much guys. Most appreciated.
Regards.
Lithy.

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AndyT replied to the topic '12 bar blues' in the forum. 2 days ago

I too find Winslow Yerxa's Blues Harmonica for Dummies very useful. I bought second hand - from Abebooks, an excellent second hand book resource. As it is entirely focused on blues playing, I would advise starting with that.

Jon Gindick also has a Rock 'n' Blues harmonica bock, but I didn't get on with it's style - sort of written as a musical journey, with riffs and lessons interweaved into the narrative.

Andy

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