Hello Harmonica Hounds!
I’m excited to be back this week and go further along with my “Boogie On The I” song. One big thing we want to try to work on and really internalize here is going to be really milking these bends on the harp, while playing as lightly and effortlessly as possible! This is going to be a study in relaxation and breath control…two of the most important things if you want to be a really good harmonica player. When you focus on these bends on the 5 draw (slight bend only), the 4 draw and the 3 draw, we want to rely on our technique of bending it correctly and distorting the notes (by bleeding in just a touch of the next higher note) to create that intense sound…we don’t want to rely on playing forcefully and breathing hard. The sound is intense, but the playing should not be.
So remember, work on getting the bends slowly and distorted correctly first, then put them in the patterns of this song and you will be sure to get it down…Enjoy!
- Dennis Gruenling
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
D Harp in the Key of A.
Loop 0:00 Playing With Just The I Chord
Loop 1:15 Second Section Run-Through
Loop 1:49 Breakdown of First Section
Loop 6:23 Practice Loop of First Section/p>
Loop 6:41 Breakdown of 2nd Section
Loop 8:36 Practice Loop of 2nd Section
Loop 8:50 Breakdown of Rhythmic Section
Loop 10:10 Closing Thoughts