life has been all about harmonica excellence! He started befriending numerous
great players in 1990 with his custom harmonica business and started teaching
at a high professional level at Chicago's renowned Old Town School of Folk
Music in 1992. He has since brought his knowledge and abilities to 5 different
continents with countless sold-out workshops.
the extensive background of having transcribed hundreds of songs by the
greatest blues harp players that ever lived, Joe saw the need to create
repertoire for the intermediate player. That is exactly what this website
is dedicated to. These study songs are not intended to sound like
"new" repertoire, but instead sound like traditional classic blues
songs and licks that every player claiming to play "blues" should be
familiar with. Through these songs, Joe will put you on the path to
sounding like the great masters.
teaching method appeals to both visual and auditory type learners. The CD has
the song played in different tempos and is broken down, chorus by chorus. The
notation is just as detailed. Both used together makes for the most powerful
teaching tool possible after having a teacher sit with you in real time.
is meant by "traditional" is certainly a tried and true, time-tested
vocabulary of licks, but also getting a "sound" out of the harmonica.
Frequently referred to as "tone," getting a "sound" or
having "tone" usually means making the tiny harmonica sound BIG by
playing to the instruments inherent strengths. If this is important to
you, you are in the right place.
is a firm believer in the power and advantages of the tongue block (T-block)
embouchure. If the T-block is new to you, you should start from the level II
songs. If you do already incorporate some T-blocking but want to make it
stronger, this is the place for you.
Please do thoroughly
read through the LEARNING GUIDES (link on left). Most questions you will
have will likely have the answers found there.