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3pm Rumba Download3pm Rumba DownloadThis is a study of the blues rumba played in a minor key similar to Howlin’ Wolf’s song, “Who’s Been Talking” and executed in third position, Bm on an “A” harp. . . .
4-H Blues Download4-H Blues DownloadThis song is a melodic blues with four variations and one solo tht is a detailed study in playing all the available notes on hole 4 of your "C" and "F" harps. While many people would agree that hole 4 is the easiest to bend, my experiences is that not enough players can bend it consistently with skill and confidence. When you can play this on "C," try it on the notorious "F" harp. Please note that the individual pages are only played on the "C" harp. Instruction set includes 30 tracks and 7 instruction sheets.
Big Jim's Blues DownloadBig Jim's Blues DownloadIntermediate Instruction - This lesson is a five chorus instrumental designed for an intermediate player to help develop techniques and abilities that can put the player on a path to better understand the traditional blues harmonica sound. This piece is a slow, low-down, Delta type of blues that exclusively uses the 6 note blues scale and heavily focuses on full bends on holes number 2 and number 4.
Jail W Blues DownloadJail W Blues DownloadLevel III -  This is a study of the style and techniques of John Lee Williamson (JLW) a.k.a. Sonny Boy Williamson #1. His largely acoustic playing style may be the most imitated acoustic blues style in the 1930's, 40's and 50's. Play all clean single notes using tongue blocking and switch for hole #1. John Lee was the master at playing dirty with great precision. He even applied it to the splits not shown in this study. You should first learn this piece clean and then slowly try to incorporate in the "dirt."
Little Boogie DownloadLittle Boogie DownloadThis song is a study of one of the blues harmonica essentials, playing a boogie riff. In the late 1940’s and early 50’s, this style of piece was recorded by Walter Horton, who appears to have called himself “Little Walter,” Forrest City Joe and Jimmy Rogers with more to follow. If you are able to play the first few bars with confidence and good rhythm, you will be able to start the song without a count-off and signal the band in at the IV chord. This song is also a warm-up for the study song “Shakey’s Boogie,” which is a warm up for the classic instrumental“Walter’s Boogie.”
Mannish Blues DownloadMannish Blues DownloadThis is a study of the riff played in the Muddy Waters song, "Mannish Boy,' first recorded May 24, 1955 as a "I" chord tune. Certainly one of the most recognizable blues harmonica riffs of all time.
N-P Blues DownloadN-P Blues DownloadLEVEL III - This song is a study of the technique that I call the Nose Push (NP). The simple explanation is
releasing air through your nose simultaneously to playing an exhale note, split or chord. Failing to use the (NP) will make this tune nearly impossible to play. Playing an exhale note in place of the notated inhale ones will make the song less bluesy sounding. . .
Nine Bar Blues DownloadNine Bar Blues DownloadThis is a study of the extremely common blues melody most often known as, "Sitting On Top of The World," "Come On In My Kitchen," "You Got go Move" and "Worst Enemy." The song is sometimes played as an 8-bar blues by leaving off bar 8 after the hook and going straight to the turnaround.
Q Boogie DownloadQ Boogie DownloadThis song is a study in playing FAST and using musical quotes. Playing the quotes will also sharpen your bending skills . . .
Rice Cool Blues DownloadRice Cool Blues DownloadThis song is a study of the style and techniques of Rice Miller, a.k.a. Sonny Boy Williamson #2 . . .
Shakey's Boogie DownloadShakey's Boogie DownloadThis song is a study of Walter Horton and how he would play a boogie type of blues. . .
Shuffle Chording Blues DownloadShuffle Chording Blues DownloadThis is a study of a rhythmic chording approach heard by Walter Horton, Junior Parker, Rice Miller and Sylvester Hayes. The specific inspiration comes from the faded solo at the end of Junior Parker's song "Sweet Home Chicago." An extended version of this song can be heard on the Ace CD 710, "Harp Blues." This chordal approach is what I call the "hard shuffle." . . .
Skyliner's 2nd LineSkyliner's 2nd LineThis is a study of a “head” riff, very similar to the one used in a Bill Sinigal and the Skyliners  song, but also has strong melodic resemblances to Bill Haley’s Rock Around The Clock . . .
Twisted Tongue Swing DownloadTwisted Tongue Swing DownloadThis is a study of working the vamping/slapping into the low range of the harp as much as possible, and gets some inspiration from earlier study song, “Lock Jaw Blues,” and the John Lee “Sonny Boy” Williamson song, “Mellow Chick Swing.”
USB BluesUSB Blueshis is a study of the horn riff used in the Gary US Bonds song, Down In New Orleans. This groove is not a shuffle or swing. It is a straight eighth note Rock type of groove. The overall tonality is very blues “lite,” actually using the major scale. The solo is very accordion like . . .
Westside Box ShuffleWestside Box ShuffleThis is a study of the riff often called the “Box Shuffle” by guitar and bass players. It can be played ascending, or like this version, descending. The advantage of this is that it is highly recognizable to any band that is familiar with blues . . . 
Wishing BluesWishing BluesThis is a study of the Jungle groove, blues scale and the riff used in the Billy Boy Arnold song “I Wish You Would,” but sequenced into a 12-bar form similar to the Ray Charles song, “What’d I Say?”. This groove is not a shuffle or swing. It is a straight 8th-note groove with a heavy use of the tom drums. The overall tonality is very dark blues and is also a study in tongue block switching . . .
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