Book + Online Audio
8.75 x 11.75
School of Blues
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
The blanket term 'rock' is used to describe a musical genre that covers over six decades of musical diversity. The question for this book is, "What does rock mean to harmonica players?" This book is for harmonica players who have a basic grasp of the instrument and are looking to study the rock style in greater detail. You'll learn greater control of bends; speed licks; high-end licks; how to play bluesy notes and textures; how to play and construct hooks; how to deal with and play over the common chord progressions used in rock; and, music theory relative to playing rock harmonica. Concepts are presented through original tunes as well as staples of rock harmonica repertoire such as Magic Dick's "Whammer Jammer!". Includes access to online audio.
Introduction - What is Rock Harmonica?
Chapter 1 - A Word about Notation and Embouchure
Chapter 2 - Bending
What Notes Can Be Bent
Chapter 3 - Scales for Improvising
Major Pentatonic Scale
Context & Homework
Chapter 4 - Speed and High-End Licks
Mastering the High End of the Harmonica
Speed Playing (Breath and Movement Patterns & Backtracking)
Words of Caution & Homework
Chapter 5 - Power Licks
Chapter 6 - Decoding Music for Improvisation
7th & 9th Chords
Arpeggios & Chord Scales
The Making of a Chord Scale
Chapter 7 - Common Chord Progressions
Chapter 8 - Hooks, Heads & Sequences
Hooks & Sequences
"Room to Move" Head
Chapter 9 - "Whammer Jammer" Study Song
Chorus by Chorus Study
"Whammer Jammer" Full Transcription
Chapter 10 - "Butter Strut" Study Song
"Butter Strut" Full Transcription
Chapter 11 - How to be a Great Rock Harmonica Player by Jason Ricci
Chapter 12 - Recommended Artists
Chapter 13 - Notation Key
Chapter 14 - About the Author
Chapter 15 - Thanks To
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