Harmonica For Dummies

Harmonica For Dummies

by Winslow Yerxa


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118880760
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/27/2014
Pages: 408
Sales rank: 164,838
Product dimensions: 1.50(w) x 0.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Winslow Yerxa is a widely known and respected harmonicaplayer, teacher, and author. He has written, produced, and starredin many harmonica book and video projects. He provides privateharmonica instruction worldwide and currently teaches at TheCalifornia Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Harmonica 5

Chapter 1: What Is This Thing Called Harp? 7

Chapter 2: Becoming a Harmonica Owner 13

Chapter 3: Making Your First Harmonica Sounds 29

Chapter 4: Relating to Notes, Scales, and Chords 51

Part II: Starting to Make Some Music 71

Chapter 5: I Hear a Melody: Playing Single Notes 73

Chapter 6: Shaping Your Sound 99

Chapter 7: Enhancing Your Sound with Your Tongue on the Harp 123

Chapter 8: Bending Notes 145

Chapter 9: Positions: Playing One Harp in Many Keys 173

Part III: Growing Beyond the Basics 195

Chapter 10: Fancy Playing: Developing Flair and Speed 197

Chapter 11: Mastering New Songs 215

Chapter 12: Behind the Hidden Treasure: Bending Notes Up 225

Part IV: Developing Your Style 241

Chapter 13: Rockin’ and Bluesin’ 243

Chapter 14: Expressing Yourself with Some Folk and Gospel Melodies 263

Chapter 15: Fiddlin’ the Night Away with Traditional Dance Tunes 279

Part V: Taking It to the World 295

Chapter 16: Putting It All Together — Your Tunes, Your Band, Your Listeners 297

Chapter 17: Amplifying Your Sound 309

Chapter 18: Improving Your Harmonica with Repairs and Upgrades 323

Part VI: The Part of Tens 343

Chapter 19: Ten (Or More) Ways to Connect in the Harmonica World 345

Chapter 20: Way More Than Ten Harmonica Albums You Should Hear 353

Part VII: Appendixes 359

Appendix A: Tuning Layouts for All Keys 361

Appendix B: Audio Tracks and Video Clips 367

Index 377

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Harmonica For Dummies 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Gus_TT_Showbiz More than 1 year ago
Normally I wouldn't steep so low as to actually buy a "For Dummies" book, for I do not like what those books imply what the owners are. But being a recent harmonica player as well as a recent music enthusiast, I decided to buy this book and try my best to learn from it. It was not my first harmonica book, but it has certainly proven its usefullness already. It has a lot of information to learn and is a great way to begin. Even though I had already used a harmonica book, this book taught me even more as far as musically. I would recommend it to anyone interested in harmonica. It's one of the easier instruments to learn and can be one of the more fun to play. The only downside of this book is that it didn't provide any notation for popular songs.