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Harmonica for Dummiesby Winslow Yerxa
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The fun and easy way to make the harmonica sing and perfect your playing technique!
Are you hankering to play the harmonica? This easy-to-read, practice-oriented guide gives you step-by-step instruction to get you making music in no time! Even if you're an experienced harmonica player, this book is packed with tips to take your playing to the next level.
Open the book and find:
Are you hankering to play the harmonica? Harmonica For Dummies is an easy-to-read practice guide that gives you step-by-step instructions and gets you making music in no time! Even if you’re an experienced harmonica player, this jump-in-anywhere reference is packed with tips and playing techniques that will take your skills to the next level.
This fast, fun, hands-on guide helps you choose your first harmonica and shows you how to hold it, make your first sounds, and keep it clean and working well. Helpful diagrams show you how to shape sounds using your tongue, throat, and hands. Before you know it you’ll be playing melodies, chugging out rhythms, and bending notes with ease. You’ll also pick up some basics of music theory and learn how to read the notation and tablature for all the music in the book. Discover how to:
So stop dreaming and start playing! Harmonica For Dummies will get you wailing in no time!
Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.
About the Author
Winslow Yerxa is a harmonica player with thirty years' experience in a wide variety of musical styles. He is also known internationally as a teacher, author, musical arranger, and recording artist, and is former editor of HIP (the Harmonica Information Publication).
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started.
Chapter 1: What Is This Thing Called Harp?
Chapter 2: Your First Harmonica.
Chapter 3: The Language of Music: Surveying a Bit of Theory.
Part II: Starting to Make Some Music.
Chapter 4: Relaxation, Breathing, and Rhythm.
Chapter 5: I Hear a Melody: Playing Single Notes.
Chapter 6: Shaping Your Sound.
Chapter 7: Enhancing Your Sound with Your Tongue on the Harp.
Chapter 8: Unlocking a Hidden Treasure: Bending Notes Down.
Part III: Growing Beyond the Basics.
Chapter 9: Positions: Playing One Harp in Many Keys.
Chapter 10: Fancy Playing: Developing Flair and Speed.
Chapter 11: Mastering New Songs.
Chapter 12: Behind the Hidden Treasure: Bending Notes Up.
Part IV: Developing Your Style.
Chapter 13: Blues and Rock.
Chapter 14: Headin' South with Some Country Tunes.
Chapter 15: Fiddlin' the Night Away with Folk and
Celtic Songs and Dance Tunes.
Part V: Taking Your Music to the World.
Chapter 16: Putting It All Together — Your Tunes, Your Band, Your Listeners.
Chapter 17: Amplifying Your Sound.
Chapter 18: Improving Your Harmonica with Repairs and Upgrades.
Chapter 19: Acquiring More Harps and Other Useful Accessories.
Part VI: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Connect in the Harmonica World.
Chapter 21: Way More than Ten Harmonica CDs You Should Hear.
Part VII: Appendixes.
Appendix A: Tuning Layouts for All Keys.
Appendix B: About the CD.
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