You Can Teach Yourself Harmonica Book



You Can Teach Yourself Harmonica 
by George Heaps-Nelson & Barbara Koehler 

Product Number: 94303 
ISBN: 0871662647 
Publisher: Mel Bay Pub., Inc. 
Difficulty Level: Beginning 
Format: Book

A wonderful, easy-to-understand beginning harmonica book for learning both folk and blues harmonica stylings. Several different styles are analyzed and representative tunes are given in each style. Within the various sections the songs are roughly graded as to difficulty. An extra section examines some specialized techniques and introduces some harmonicas other than the standard ten-hole-twenty-reed diatonic harp, in the key of C for which most of the songs in this book are written. All together, 41 harmonica arrangements are included.



  • Preface
  • Chapter I: Introduction
    • Finding Folks to Learn From
    • What Kind of Harmonica Should You Buy?
    • Prolonging the Life of Your Harmonica
  • Chapter II: Gettin' Started
  • Chapter III: Ballads and Folk Tunes
  • Chapter IV: Fiddle Tunes
  • Chapter V: The Blues
    • Introduction to the Blues
    • Getting the Idea of Cross Harp
    • Bending Notes
    • Riffs
    • Blues Structure
      • Twelve Bar Blues
      • Eight Bar Blues
      • Other Forms
  • Chapter VI: Etc.
    • Special Types of Harps
      • Solo Tuned Harps
      • Chordomonica
      • Minor Harps
      • Other Harps
    • Special Techniques
      • Playing Minor on a Major Harp
      • Double Cross Harp
      • Mountain Modal Style
      • Double Cross Blues
      • Double Cross Minor
    • Cross Harp for Old Time, Country and Bluegrass
    • Straight and Cross Duets
    • Self-Accompaniment - Holder vs. Slack Jaw
  • Appendices
    • Appendix I. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Music
    • Appendix II. Harps, Keys, and Styles
    • Appendix III. Discography
    • Alphabetical Listing of Songs


Song List:
A Nickel is a Nickel
Arkansas Traveler
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Colorado Trail
Do Lord
Drill Ye Tarriers
Early in the Morning
Frankie and Johnny
Frankie's Blues
The Gal I Left Behind Me
Gary Owen
George's Blues I
George's Blues II
Haste to the Wedding
Hurtin' Blues
John Henry
Miss McCloud's Reel
Old Joe Clark
Pistol Slapper Blues
Poor Wayfaring Stranger
Pretty Polly
Prisoner's Lament
Rosin the Beau
Round the Bend
Rovin' Gambler
Rye Whiskey
Sally Goodin
Skip to My Lou I


Collections: Accessories, Harmonica Books

Category: Book, Harmonica Book, Melbay

Type: Book

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