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Melody Study

These are songs that have a catchy melody that is heard numerous times and in numerous different ways throughout the songs.  Being able to play a melody and play numerous variations of it is an underappreciated blues playing skill.  The "Q Boogie" uses numerous recognizable melodies for its catch.
These are songs that have a catchy melody that is heard numerous times and in numerous different ways throughout the songs. Being able to play a melody and play numerous variations of it is an underappreciated blues playing skill. The "Q Boogie" uses numerous recognizable melodies for its catch.
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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.
5-Hole Instrumental 3-Plus Download5-Hole Instrumental 3-Plus DownloadThe goal with this LEVEL III plus instrumental is to continue to build upon the previous versions of this song.  It’s quite likely that you will need about two years of experience before attempting this.  The new things you will be introduced to are quarter note triplets, more advanced bending, ghost chords used in between the vamping/slapping, more advanced breathing challenges, and more advanced phrases.  .  .
E-Z Instrumental 3 DownloadE-Z Instrumental 3 DownloadThe goal with this LEVEL III instrumental is to continue to build upon the Level I & Level II versions of this song that you have memorized. It’s quite likely that you will need a minimum of a year of experience before attempting this. The new techniques you will use are dirty notes, ornamental bending, vamping, rapid vamping and the split-4 block . . .
E-Z Instrumental 3-Plus DownloadE-Z Instrumental 3-Plus DownloadThe goal with this LEVEL III plus instrumental is to continue to build upon the previous versions of this song that you have memorized.  It’s quite likely that you will need about two years of experience before attempting this.  The new things you will be introduced to are quarter note triplets, more advanced breathing challenges, more advanced bending and more advanced phrases.  
Jerry's Cajun Blues DownloadJerry's Cajun Blues Downloadhis is a study of the Cajun approach to playing the harmonica which seems to have first been recorded by Arteleus Mistric on November 7, 1929 and later by players like Isom Fontenot and my dear brother Mr. Jerry Devillier, for whom this song is named.  Key to the Cajun approach is playing lots of splits that outline the chord changes and keep the rhythm pumping accurately with the breath pulse.  This is exactly what the single row Cajun accordion is doing.  It is basically tuned just like the harmonica.  Check out the Filisko Tongue Block Trainer if you need help developing accuracy with your splits.
Keys to the Highway DownloadKeys to the Highway DownloadThis is a study of the very common blues melody known as “Key To The Highway.” It’s an easier arrangement of the older FiliskoStore study song, “Key To The High Weigh.” The song is associated with Big Bill Broonzy and Jazz Gillum and was first recorded in 1941 . . . 
MB-16 Blues DownloadMB-16 Blues DownloadThis song is a study of the melody for Little Walter's song "My Baby" played over 16 bar form similar to "This Train," "When the Saint's go Marching In," "Momma Don't Allow," and "Crawdad Hole." Since the V chord comes in early in the form and is played for two bars, these chord changes can be quite difficult to solo over for harp players who are only used to playing over the 12 bar form.
Need More Walter DownloadNeed More Walter DownloadThis LEVEL III instrumental is another in the style of Big Walter “Shakey” Horton.  It’s also a simplified and refined version of an earlier study song called “I Need My Baby Blues.”   . . . 
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 . . .
Skip to My Lou DownloadSkip to My Lou DownloadThis is a great song to help comprehend many aspects of the intricate playing styles of DeFord Bailey, Kyle Wooten and other solo players. All the notes are easily available in two octaves and the chords fit and support the melody perfectly in the low octave. This will touch on some of the most obvious ways to ornament what happens underneath and around the melody. . . 

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