12th-P BluesThis is a study piece for playing in “12th” position, (also sometimes called “1st flat”). Johnny Watson, recording under the name Daddy Stovepipe, first used this in his 1924 recording of the song, Stovepipe Blues.
3 P Blues DownloadThis song is a study of what harp players call "third position." It is playing with hole 1, 4 & 8 inhale becoming your new "home" or "root note." Third position was first recorded by Little Walter in December, 1951 and has become a part of nearly every professional’s sound and style, being used somewhere from 10% to 25% of the time. It can become very helpful when navigating through minor key songs but as this piece shows, does not necessarily have to be used exclusively as minor. It works with all blues.
3pm 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-P BluesThis is a study of 4th position and how it relates to the minor key sequenced riff used in “Green Onions” and “Help Me.” Minor keys are more challenging on the harp than standard blues keys. 4th position is a good option, especially if you have some skills bending the high exhale notes . . .
First Straight Shuffle DownloadThis is a study of how to begin to start and incorporate the skill of first position or, straight harp blues playing. Up until 1937, about half of the blues playing was in second position and the other half in first. Currently, blues harp styles are taught starting off with second position. This is a beginning approach to playing straight harp blues while using all 10 holes. .
Minor Third Shuffle DownloadThis is a study of minor key blues and third position. Minor keys are more challenging on the harp than standard blues keys. Third position is one option worthy of study for minor keys. It was first recorded by Little Walter on the Muddy Waters song Lonesome Day in 1951. . .