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Yerxa
ISBN: 978-1-118-25269-7
Paperback
384 pages
October 2012
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The fun and easy way® to play blues harmonica

Blues Harmonica For Dummies gives you a wealth of content devoted to the blues approach — specific techniques and applications, including bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked enhancements; use of amplification to develop a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; constructing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; and much more.

  • Dig into the blues — get the 411 on the blues as a musical style, understand how the harmonica fits into the music, and survey the types of harmonicas available
  • Do the crawl — grasp how to play melodies along with licks and riffs — those nuggets of bluesy melody that make up the building blocks of blues harmonica playing
  • Delve deep — discover how to use your hands, lips, tongue, throat, and lungs to shape your sound and create sonic texture
  • Find your style — from prewar rural blues through amplified Chicago blues through modern blues-rock, discover classic recordings and playing techniques to help define your personal approach
  • Be loud and proud — put together a repertoire of tunes to play for an audience and amplify your playing with electronic equipment

Open the book and find:

  • The lowdown on what it takes to get started
  • A blues guide to music symbols
  • How to go from playing easy chords to strong single notes, and then to 12-bar blues
  • Ways to shape, color, and punctuate your blues sound
  • Detailed, step-by-step guidance on bending notes
  • Tips for developing your personal style
  • Important players and recordings in different blues harmonica styles

Learn to:

  • Play blues on harmonica
  • Master techniques like bending, tongue blocking, and chordal rhythm
  • Connect with blues history and the major players
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