Learn to play and improve 12 bar blues harmonica solos
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Learn to play and improve 12 bar blues harmonica solos

Know which tones to play and how to sturcture your solos to set your inspiration free!
5.0 (2 ratings)
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8 students enrolled
Created by Fredrik Hertzberg
Last updated 6/2017
English
Price: $40
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Includes:
  • 40 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 13 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play great solos that support the chord structure of the 12 bar blues.
  • Add elements to your solos that create excitement, such as repetition, dynamics and tension/release.
  • Understand what changes to make to your playing to play lesser comon variations of the 12 bar blues.
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Requirements
  • You should be able to play clean single notes on the harmonica.
  • You need a diatonic harmonica in the key of C major.
  • Bending skills are not required but an advantage.
Description

Playing great solos is probably the most desiarable thing for blues harmonica players. It is deceptively easy to begin playing solos but to take it to the next level you need to understand how great solos are built up.

In this course you will learn how to play great blues harmonica solos over the 12 bar blues progression. You will start with very few rules for your first solos and add more musical elements as you become more profficient. Blues harmonica solos can have very free form but choosing appropriate tones that support the chord progression as well as creating tension and release, using repetition wisely, adding dynamics and rests make a big difference in how the solo is perceived.

If you want to become a great harmonica player and play great solos, this is the course for you!

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner student who wants to learn to play solos.
  • Intermediate student who already can play some solos but wants to play more musically.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Welcome!
3 Lectures 03:54

Overview of the course.

Preview 01:00

A few best practices to follow to get the most out of this course.

Preview 02:41

This lecture will help you understand tabulature and the notation used in this course.

Notation
00:13
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The 12-bar blues progression
3 Lectures 04:47

Explanantion of the 12 bar blues structure.

What is 12 bar blues?
02:29

Explanantion on why the 12 bar blues is so popular.

The Power of the 12 bar Blues
01:04

After this lecture you will understand how a shuffle is played.

Shuffles
01:14
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Your first solo
4 Lectures 04:41

Understand what second position is.

Second position
01:22

Understand why second position is so popular.

The dirty little secret of 2nd position
00:50

An example of how a second position solo might sound.

Solo example 2nd position
01:14

Understand why the V-chord might give you some problems and how to solve it.

Quick tip for the V-chord
01:15

Practice playing solos in second position using a minimal number of rules.
Second position solo practice
1 question
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The blues scale
3 Lectures 03:54

Undertand what a scale is.

What is a scale?
00:51

Learn the blues scale on your harmonica.

The blues scale in 2nd position
02:24

Example of how a blues scale solo might sound.

Solo example blues scale
00:39

Practice palying solos using the blues scale.
Blues scale solo practice
1 question
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Chord tone approach
5 Lectures 07:29

Understand how chords are built up.

Quick primer on chords
00:48

Understand which tones make up the chords.

Preview 03:47

Example of how a chord tone solo might sound.

Solo example chord tones
00:38

Understand how the flat seventh can be used to communicate with other musicians.

Marking chord changes
01:19

A refelction on might you might have discovered while practicing.

Comments on chord tone solos vs blues scale solo
00:57

A qucik quiz on the concepts so far.

Quiz on chord tones, second position and the blues scale
3 questions

Practice playing solos using chords tones.
Chord tone solo practice
1 question
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Creating tension and release
3 Lectures 05:18

Understand why you need passing tones and blue notes.

Passing tone and blue notes
01:36

Learn where to find passing tones and blue notes for the chords.

Preview 02:44

Example of what a solo using passing tones and blue notes might sound like.

Solo example passing tones and blue notes
00:58

Practice playing solos using passing tones and blues notes.
Passing tone and blue note solo practice
1 question
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Solo structure
4 Lectures 07:00

Understand how you can effectively biuld up your solos.

The value of repetition
03:15

Understand why a pause might make what you play sound even better.

Pauses and rests
00:57

Understand a very underused element of blues solos.

Dynamics
01:10

An example bringing it all together.

Solo example repetition, pauses and dynamics
01:38

Practice playing solos using all concepts taught in the course.
Final solo practice
1 question
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12-bar blues variations
1 Lecture 02:12

Understand some basic variations of the 12 bar blues you might come across.

12 bar blues variations
02:12
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Wrap-up
1 Lecture 01:13

Some thoughts on what you might do next.

Where to go from here
01:13
About the Instructor
Fredrik Hertzberg
5.0 Average rating
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8 Students
1 Course
Blues Harmonica Instructor

I have been playing blues harmonica since 1987 and I have been teaching since 2014. When I started playing, getting teaching material was almost impossible and that is why I like to teach now. I want other people to find the same joy in blues harmonica as I have found. I have found that by gaining the right knowledge you will become much more free as a blues harmonica player.