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Author Yerxa, Winslow

Title Blues Harmonica for Dummies
Published Newark : John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, 2020


Description 1 online resource (387 pages)
Contents Intro -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- Introduction -- About This Book -- Conventions Used in This Book -- What You're Not to Read -- Foolish Assumptions -- How This Book Is Organized -- Part 1: So You Wanna Play Blues Harmonica? -- Part 2: Doin' the Crawl: Your First Harmonica Moves -- Part 3: Beyond the Basics: Getting Bluesy -- Part 4: Developing Your Style -- Part 5: Taking It to the Streets: Sharing Your Music -- Part 6: The Part of Tens -- Part 7: Appendixes -- Icons Used in This Book -- Where to Go from Here -- Part 1 So You Wanna Play Blues Harmonica?
Chapter 1 Connecting with the Blues -- What the Blues Is All About -- Blues is about natural expression -- Blues gives you a safe kind of musical freedom -- Why the Harmonica Is Cool All on Its Own -- The sound of the blues, built right in -- The harmonica goes everywhere -- What It Takes to Get Started -- Getting the blues in your ears -- Knowing the story of the blues -- Digging in on Blues Harmonica: Getting Your Playing Going -- Taking the time to make it happen -- Becoming fluent in the language of blues harmonica -- Getting in the blues harmonica groove
Chapter 2 Getting Your Harmonicas Together -- Finding Good Harmonicas for Playing Blues -- What harmonica you need to study this book -- What features to look for in a harmonica for blues -- Shopping tips -- Acquiring the Most Useful Keys and Types of Harmonica -- The most often used harmonica keys for blues -- Smashing the limits with the low and high keys -- Adding to your kit with a chromatic harmonica -- Using harmonicas in alternate tunings -- Organizing and Protecting Your Harmonicas -- Carrying your harmonicas around -- Organizing your harps when you play
Keeping Your Harmonicas in Good Working Order -- Knowing the parts of your harmonica -- Protecting your harps from damage -- Keeping your harmonicas clean -- Servicing and repairing your harmonicas -- Chapter 3 Deciphering the Code: A Blues Guide to Music Symbols -- Getting to Know the Shorthand of Harmonica Tab -- Understanding Musical Time -- Beats and tempo -- Time values and rhythm -- Bars and measures -- The ABCs of Melody and Harmony -- Vibrations and pitch -- The notes of the scale -- Sharps and flats -- Semitones and whole tones -- Intervals -- Keys -- Scales
Chords and chord progressions -- Using chord shorthand with I, IV, and V -- Shaping Musical Statements -- Phrases -- Verses and musical form -- Communicating with Other Musicians -- Naming the key of a song -- Counting off to begin the song -- Indicating tempo and rhythm -- Conveying a song's arrangement -- Part 2 Doin' the Crawl: Your First Harmonica Moves -- Chapter 4 Breathing Life into the Harmonica -- Preparing Your Body and Your Mind -- Relaxing and getting ready -- Aligning your posture -- Focusing your breath -- Adding the Harmonica -- Getting the harmonica in your mouth
Notes Breathing gently and deeply
Print version record
Subject Harmonica -- Methods (Blues) -- Self-instruction
Blues (Music) -- Instruction and study
Blues (Music) -- Instruction and study
Genre/Form Methods (Music)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781119694533