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Harmonica For Dummies, 2nd Edition



Harmonica For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Winslow Yerxa

ISBN: 978-1-118-88079-1 October 2014 416 Pages


Master the harmonica fast with this fun, easy guide

Everybody loves the sound of a harmonica, and the thought of learning to play one is even more appealing. The instrument's portability, versatility, and affordability make it a great choice for those interested in learning how to produce the unmistakable, signature sound found in many styles of American music. With Harmonica For Dummies, you can learn to master the harmonica faster than you ever thought possible, even if you have little to no playing experience. This easy-to-use resource is filled with tips, tools, and instructions that will have you playing in no time.

In Harmonica For Dummies, you'll find an accessible format designed to help you access new techniques, songs, and styles of playing. Accompanying digital content and interactive tools will help you learn the nuances of playing harmonica and give you the know-how to use this versatile instrument to its fullest potential.

  • Provides you with a high-quality, comprehensive instructional manual
  • Instructs you with detailed instructions and tips to help you learn to play quickly
  • Written in a clear, easy-to-understand format complete with accompanying audio/video content
  • Helps you improve your playing and embrace the many musical styles that have made the harmonica an iconic instrument

The harmonica is a very accessible instrument, but only those with the right instruction and direction will be able to experience the joy of using it for accompaniment and solos. Let Harmonica For Dummies guide you through the learning process and make you a harmonica expert in a flash!

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