Rene Gießen, who recorded the film music for ‘Traumschiff’, ‘Tatort’ and ‘Winnetou’ (starring Pierre Brice and Lex Barker) has written this beginner’s book entitled ‘Master of Harp’, in which he shares his passion for the harmonica with his students.
In the first section, students will learn how to play a diatonic Richter harmonica. The author does not use notes here, but explains the different techniques to get the best out of each sound, for example playing with a pointed mouth, with tongue vamp ...more
In the first section, students will learn how to play a diatonic Richter harmonica. The author does not use notes here, but explains the different techniques to get the best out of each sound, for example playing with a pointed mouth, with tongue vamping and with covered holes. In the second section of the book the student will switch to a chromatic harmonica, which is used by professional musicians, to achieve a high sound quality. In this section, students will learn all about traditional notation and the theory of harmony. In two chapters the author introduces the 16-hole chromatic harmonica and the 12-hole chromatic harmonica, which extend the tonal range and playing options for the instrument.
This comprehensive book written by a master of the harmonica enables the reader to play their instrument masterfully too.
The Diatonic Richter HarmonicaIntroduction Preliminary Exercise The Happy-Harmonica-System Playing Instructions Playing Songs with Chords Playing Single Notes Playing with a Pointed Mouth ("Whistle Method") Playing with covered Holes ("Tongue Blocking Method") Playing with a Rhythmical Tongue Which Technique is Better? First Technical Exercises Optimizing Your Sound The Two Most Important Qualities of a Good Sound The Volume The Oscillation (Vibrato) Creating Vibrato with Your Covering Hand Songs with a "Bluesy" CharacterThe Chromatic Harmonica Initial Problems with the First Three Note HolesPlaying Single NotesStandard Music Notation Don't Be Afraid of Notation!MeterRhythm Basic Knowledge Controlling Your Breathing The Tie Intervals Overview of the Intervals The C Major Scale Expanding Your Higher Range The Sixteenth Note Dotted Notes The Triplet The Triplet Rests The Ritardando The Fermata Important Tips for Reading MusicPopular Music What is Syncopatoin?Intervals Interval Exercises for Improving Hitting the Notes The C Major Scale over Three OctavesThe 16-Hole Chromatic Harp Chromonica III Expanding Your Lower Range Chromatic Playing The 12-Hole Chromatic Harp The Keys The Accidentals Classical and Jazz General Section Overview of Tempo - Dynamics - Phrasing Ornamentations Vibrato Special Effects on the Chromatic Harmonica Repairing of Mechanical FailureThe Three Most Important Harmonica Models Diatonic Richter Tuned Harp and the Diatonic Models Viennese Model with Detuned Octaves Chromatic Models