Winslow Yerxa Blues Harmonica For Dummies

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Blues Harmonica For Dummies

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The fun and easy way to play blues on the harmonica

Blues harmonica is the most popular and influential style ofharmonica playing, and it forms the basis for playing harmonica inother styles such as rock and country. Blues Harmonica forDummies gives you a wealth of content devoted to the bluesapproach—specific techniques and applications, includingbending and making your notes sound richer and fuller withtongue-blocked enhancements; use of amplification to develop ablues sound; blues licks and riffs; constructing a blues harmonicasolo; accompanying singers; historical development of blues styles;and important blues players and recordings.

The accompanying audio CD features all the musical examples fromthe book, plus play-along exercises and songs that let you hear thesound you're striving for.

  • In-depth coverage of major blues harmonica techniques
  • Blues song forms, improvisation, and accompanying singers
  • Information on blues history and personalities

If you're intrigued by the idea of understanding and masteringthe compelling (yet mysterious) art of playing blues on theharmonica, Blues Harmonica For Dummies has you covered.

CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not includedas part of the e-book file, but are available for download afterpurchase

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The fun and easy way® to play blues harmonica

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

  • Dig into the blues — get the 411 on the blues as a musicalstyle, understand how the harmonica fits into the music, and surveythe types of harmonicas available
  • Do the crawl — grasp how to play melodies along with licksand riffs — those nuggets of bluesy melody that make up thebuilding 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 throughamplified Chicago blues through modern blues-rock, discover classicrecordings and playing techniques to help define your personalapproach
  • Be loud and proud — put together a repertoire of tunes toplay for an audience and amplify your playing with electronicequipment

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, andthen 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 harmonicastyles

Learn to:

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

About the Author:

Winslow Yerxa is a widely known and respected harmonica player, teacher, and author. He has written, produced, and starred in many harmonica book and video projects, and provides harmonica instruction worldwide. In addition to teaching privately, he currently teaches at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California.

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