First Lessons Blues Harmonica
by David Barrett
Product Number: 20180BCD
Publisher: Mel Bay Pub., Inc.
Difficulty Level: Beginning
Format: Book/CD Set
An exciting beginning blues harmonica course! The ideas presented are solidly in the blues tradition with great sounding bluesy licks to play, even at the beginning level! Topics include Phrasing Concepts (how small pieces of music, called licks, are organized to create a pleasing solo), 12 Bar Blues Theory, Vibrato, Shakes, and Tongue Blocking. The recording includes all of the harmonica parts notated in the book with accompaniment. This book and its recording use a C major diatonic harmonica.
• Ideas presented solidly in the blues tradition.
• Phrasing concepts, 12 Bar Blues Theory, Shakes, Tongue Blocking.
• Uses C major diatonic harp.
• Companion CD included.
A Word from the Author
About the Author
Section 1 - Getting Started
Placing Your Lips on the Harmonica
Holding the Harmonica
Understanding Notated Music
Understanding the Harmonica
Section 2 - Chugging and Swing
Chugging and Swing Examples 2.1-2.6
Section 3 - Understanding the Blues
12 Bar Blues Progression
12 Bar Blues & Swing Examples3.4-3.6
Feeling 12 Bar Blues & Single Note Horn Lines
Section 4 - AAA Verse Form, Licks & Songs
Song Examples 4.7-4.9
Section 5 - AAB Verse Form, Licks & Songs
Song Examples 5.7-5.9
Section 6 - AAA & AAB Verse Forms with Fills
Two Hole Shake
Song Examples 6.7-6.8
Section 7 - A B/A C Verse Form, Licks & Songs
Mixing Melody Line with Chording Examples 7.1-7.2
Song Examples 7.5-7.6
Song Example 7.7
Section 8 - Full Instrumental Example
Big Mama's Jelly
Section 9 - Tongue Blocking
Tongue Blocking Example 9.1