The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Harmonica, 2nd Edition

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing the Harmonica, 2nd Edition

by William Melton, Randy Weinstein
     
 

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With photos, illustrations, and a new audio CD.

The harmonica is one of the most traditional musical instruments in America. Millions are sold each year, but there are few high quality, comprehensive instructional manuals for new harmonica players. This bestselling book has been completely updated, with dozens of new songs and a professionally

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With photos, illustrations, and a new audio CD.

The harmonica is one of the most traditional musical instruments in America. Millions are sold each year, but there are few high quality, comprehensive instructional manuals for new harmonica players. This bestselling book has been completely updated, with dozens of new songs and a professionally mastered audio CD.
• Over 100 songs, both traditional and original to this book
• Detailed instructions on playing, including photos to illustrate positions and techniques
• Buying tips and interesting historical facts about famous players
• Authors are professional musicians
• The most comprehensive music lists featuring nearly every style of playing and category of song
• Over 80 riffs and songs performed on the special audio CD
• Comprehensive resource guides

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

These entries in the phenomenally popular "Complete Idiot's" series are, like the "For Dummies" books, longer and somewhat more comprehensive than the straightforward selfinstruction and method books. All three cover choosing an instrument, tuning, playing technique, and a broad range of musical styles. Unlike the "For Dummies" books, they also cover reading music, though that information is so extensively available that a library choosing between these series should not base its decision solely on this. The harmonica title dwells more on playing with others and favors a kind of tablature notation over actual printed music. This series is suitable for beginning teen and adult musicians. Forthcoming in November 2009: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Playing Percussion(ISBN 9781592579297)
—Genevieve Williams

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781592574650
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Series:
Complete Idiot's Guide Series
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
739,487
Product dimensions:
8.55(w) x 10.88(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

William Melton received his musical training at the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is a multi-instrumentalist, having played clarinet, French horn, and classical accordion professionally.  He toured Europe twice playing French horn with symphony orchestras. His current instruments are the harmonica, accordion, and keyboard.

Randy Weinstein is a nationally known professional harmonica player and has performed in a number of international music festivals. He also teaches music theory and can be heard on several jazz CDs.

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