More often that not, beginner harmonica players will have to be told the key to use during a jam session. It's perfectly reasonable to ask the key, so long as it's before the song starts that you're asking. But if the answer is obvious, you're better off knowing than asking. You don't want to look silly by asking obvious questions. This video will show you to know the key without asking.
Wondering how to hit high notes on your harp? In this harmonica tutorial, you'll learn how to play using the upper register. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate players, beginners are certain to walk away with something. For more, and to get started playing in the high register of your own harmonica, just press play!
In this harmonica lesson, you'll learn how to play Sugar Blue's signature harp riff. While this tutorial is geared toward intermediate and advanced players, even begginers are sure to walk away with something. To get started playing Sugar Blue's signature harmonica riff on your own harp, take a look!
This how to video shows you the tools you will need to simulate guitar effects on the harmonica. Learn how to get a delay effect, an octave sound and guitar wawa pedal effect with these great tips. Add some spice to your harmonica playing with the tips from this tutorial.
In this instructional harmonica video, learn which of two methods to use when playing the harmonica. There is sometimes a debate among harmonica players on which method is better to use: the lip pucker method or the tongue block method. Both methods play their part in helping the beginner become a more well rounded harmonica player. This tutorial teaches you both harmonica methods.
In this instructional harmonica video, learn how to sharpen your harmonica draw scraper after you have been using it for a while. The very best stone you can use to sharpen the draw scraper is the hard Arkansas stone. Better tune your harmonica by sharpening your draw scraper. This video is great for harmonica performers and enthusiasts.
Watch this instructional harmonica video to help you familiarize yourself with how to tune a harmonica using the draw scraper. This video tutorial provides basics tips on how to get used to using a draw scraper. It is recommended that you find an old tarnished reed plate. Start by scraping on the reed plate to see the kind of mark you make. This video is great for harmonica performers and enthusiasts.
This how to video is overview of the same mode played in different positions on the harmonica. As you can hear there are better positions for the tune "Help Me" than other positions. For example the C harp in 4th sounds the worst because of the unstable root. Even though this tune is traditionally played in 2nd position (cross harp) I prefer to play it on a G harp in 3rd position because I think it offers more sonic options due to it's naturally occurring Dorian mode.
This tutorial teaches you how to get vibrato on the harmonica. This video also teaches you a few notes on getting a full acoustic tone. With the tips from this how to video you can get a rich tone on your harp.
Make your harmonica talk. In this instructional video, you'll learn how to perform what can only be described as "that vocal harp thing" on your harmonica. The trick, as you'll learn, requires octave playing, using the second and fifth blow holes simultaneously while blocking the third and fourth.
Learn how to adjust your harmonica to get a minor tuning in the lower register with this tutorial. This harmonica is in the key of A. Watch this how to video and you will be able to lower the pitch in draw hole 3 on the harmonica.
This how to video teaches you how to play the natural scale, and chord changes especially the ii-V-I which is something every musician should know. Watch this how to video and soon you will be able to play the natural scale on harmonica.
This tutorial teaches you the style of playing harmonica with vibrato. Vibrato is a great way to add interest to your harmonica playing. An A harmonica is used for the lesson. With the tips from this video you should be able to play notes with vibrato on the harmonica.
This two part how to video covers techniques for tuning the harmonica. All you need are a draw scraper and some files. With the tips from this tutorial you will be able keep your harmonicas in tune.
Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to play octaves on your harmonica. The split interval or octave technique is useful in all different kinds of harmonica playing. Harmonica players of all ability levels will find this instructional video helpful in learning how to play octaves on a harmonica.
Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn about the philosophies of learning harmonica. The six categories are practice, listen to other people play the harmonica, listen to non-harmonica music, work on specifics, work on playing, and practice. The tips in this helpful instructional video will help you learn to play the harmonica better.
Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to start playing the harmonica. This instructional video is meant for beginners and teaches how to hold the harmonica, how to hold your mouth, and basic technique. This helpful how-to video will have you on your way to being a great harmonica player in no time.
In a two-part lesson on a drone-blues riff from the streets of Harlem. Also, news about the FIRST extended Satan and Adam recording made on the street back in 1989. (Gussow is using an A harp.)
In a two part series Gussow gives an introduction to the fine art of singing, blowing harp fills, and keeping a strong beat, on a key of C harp.
Adam Gussow (of Satan and Adam) plays the opening riff of Mr. Satan's "Mother Mojo," then slows and dissects it, with side notes on how to adjust the reeds for faster response.
A three-part lesson in how to count and play your way through 12-bar blues changes on your harmonica. Required: a copy of "Harp Attack," a 1990 Alligator Records release.
After a little "free blowing" warm-up, Gussow (of Satan and Adam) puts his
Ten key principles for blues harmonica improvisation, offered by harpist Adam Gussow. The first 8 are discussed here; the final 2 will be discussed in a short second video.
In a three part series on how to blow harp through 12-bar blues changes, moving one particular riff--root, fifth, flat seventh, octave--up a fourth (for the IV chord) and a fifth (for the V chord). Gussow is using a D harp.
On a hot and sultry July afternoon in Mississippi, Gussow shows you how to play blues in B on an A harp in a two part series.
This is a four part series of four lessons on traditional and new approaches to first position blues playing an A harp in the key of A.
This two part video series shows you how to warble with your harmonica. Part 1 of 2 - How to Warbles with your harmonica.
This video shows you how to play glissando techniques on the harmonica.
This is a two part video to show you how to tongue-block on a harmonica. Part 1 of 2 - How to Tongue block on harmonica.
This video Gussow shows you how he likes to hold his harmonica.
This video shows you how to hold the harmonica using the reference standard grip.
Learn to use phantom chords as beat-keeping tools on the 2 hole draw. also teaches syncopated harp breakdown on 1, 2, and 3 hole and call and response within chord patterns.
Adam Gussow teaches how to combine the 2 hole draw with chord rhythms using lip pursing and tongue blocking techniques.
Lip pursing and tongue blocking are demonstrated in this video.
Have you always wanted to play the harmonica but have no idea where to begin? Don't worry as we are going to show you an easy blues riff that anyone can play with just ten minutes practice! Play the harmonica in ten minutes.
Learn to play the holiday song 'Silent Night' on harmonica.
Learn how to play the song 'Run around' by Blues Traveler on the harmonica.
Learn how to circular breathe while playing the harmonica.
How To Play the Harmonica: 12 Bar Blues (with a C major diatonic harp).
How To Do Over-Blows (Over-bends) on the harmonica in two parts. Part 1 of 2 - How to Do over-blows or over-bends on harmonica.