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Playing the Blues

This may come to a surprise to those who know me: I have a real appreciation for blues music.  The truth is, I like all kinds of music, from classical to country, pop to rap, blues to jazz, and everything inbetween.  However, blues is a music style that I really enjoy, and I have long had a fascination with blues harmonica.  In fact, about ten years ago I began teaching myself blues harmonica, and though I was never very good, I sure did enjoy it.  I have recently decided to pick this hobby back up, and am in the midst of teaching myself once again.

Lee Oskar Harmonica

Lee Oskar Harmonica

When I first started playing harmonica, I did considerable research into the instrument, and I finally decided Lee Oskar was the best brand for what I wanted.  The thing I liked most is that their instruments are easily repairable.  I still laugh a little at this decision, because I have yet to have a need to repair one, but it is nice to know they can be repaired if necessary.

You may be wondering what blues harmonica sounds like.  I thought you might ask this, so I have rounded up a few links for you to check out:




http://photomuserh.wordpress.com/2009/10/06/10-blues-harp-masters-1-learning-the-secrets-of-the-blues-harmonica/
http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/blues_harp_gods.html
http://jazzharmonica.org/learn-how-to-play-improvise-jazz-harmonica/essential-listening-guide-jazz/

On of the links above comes from www.modernbluesharmonica.com, which happens to be the site I am using for my lessons. So far I am liking his style better than the books and CDs I listened to years ago when I first picked up a harmonica with the intent to learn it. Now to simply follow through with this and learn to play something more than simple tunes. 🙂


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