I wanna learn blues harmonica (like there is any other kind).
Give me the top 3 steps to doing so. Also assume I have step one -get
Ninety minutes later (worth of typing) he got a reply, probably more than he bargained for. I can’t let all that effort go to waste on just one person, so I’ve mirrored the info here. It’s very stream-of-consciousness, but maybe the mishmash of links can help some other people jump start their harmonica hobby.
step zero – listen to every harmonica player on youtube, listen to lots of amateurs http://harmonicajam.com/ has a shit ton of stuff you can learn to emulate. listen. emulate. listen. emulate.step one – buy a lee oskar C harmonica (black plastic box, probably some day-glo orange stickers on it) – $30 – find at guitar center locally, most independent music shops, or on amazon.com, musiciansfriend.com. you can start off with a honer bluesband $5 harmonica, but you’ll just have to go back and buy the lee oskar in three weeks when you’re ready for it anyways. the Lee Oscars have interlocking cases which begin to make more sense once you start buying harmonicas in other keys (Bb, A, E are good keys to branch out to when you get bored of the C)step two – get good at blowing in and out of single note holes (labeled 1-10) this is accomplished by blowing into the harmonica by sort of whistling style with your mouth. ignore anything written about “tongue blocking”, its a crutch and will ultimately hold you back. this part is frustrating as hell and playing it on and off for about two hours cumulatively in front of the TV/computer for two or three days you should be able to get pretty good at blowing individual notes. that’s right, it only takes three days to become competent at playing the harp. once you sort out blowing single notes, learn how to bend notes (on the draw only).step three – try and play some basic songs, the whistling theme from the andy griffith show, the legend of zelda theme (should be able to do it blow only playing triads (three notes in a row)), blues shuffle, the victory theme from final fantasy, etc. dont worry about hitting every note perfect, blues harmonica is all about sloppy style and making it sound awesome. once you can play those on command try stringing together some riffs you heard on harmonicajam until you have a good rhythm/pattern going.
- harpsurgery podcast: http://www.harpsurgery.com/harmonica-podcast-kids-alright/
- goofy german guy rocking out on an amplified (fender champ) harmonica setup - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x65Cun5vkIE
- kind of pompous harmonica guy, but he knows his shit - http://www.youtube.com/user/KudzuRunner#p/a
- some inspiration (he’s a norman, ok local) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-VUac3LPPGk
- french chick unbelievable clapton – probably the best harp player on the planet (check out her other vids too, i think she just broke up with her GF in this one) - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKFujcqZs6Y
- harmonica jam - http://harmonicajam.com/
- more good harmonica from a harmonica amp blog - http://bluesharpamps.blogspot.com/
Haha well there’s the $5 solution, the $30 solution, and the $280 solution