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Broke Leg JJul 26, 2010 2:02 PM GMT
I began my harmonica journey 9 months ago by buying JP Allen's CD / DVD set. The set was helpful in getting me started, but there's so much more I'm sure I need to learn. I've been working at mostly harmonica parts on rock songs and playing along with a band filled with friends.
I'd really like to learn to play the blues. What advice do you have for beginning this learning endeavor?
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Start with understanding shuffle rhythm.
1. Work on triplets playing 1-3 blow/draw chords. (123)(123)(123) 123 123 123 with metronome.
2. Accent each 3-rd note in triplet.(123)(123)(123) 123 123 123
3. Skip 2-nd note in triplet.(123)_____ (123) 123 ____ 123
4. Skip the 2-nd note and accent the 3-rd one.(123)_____ (123) 123 ____ 123
thanks for the tips
Start by learning to play the blues scale up and down getting the bends correct and in proper order. Practice it until it is second nature.
Second position blues scale: 2D/3B 3D* 4B 4D* 4D 5D 6B
Third position blues scale: 4D 5D 6B 6D* 6D 7B 8D
B=BLOW D=DRAW *=HALF STEP BEND