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!
Explanantion of the 12 bar blues structure.
Explanantion on why the 12 bar blues is so popular.
After this lecture you will understand how a shuffle is played.
Understand what second position is.
Understand why second position is so popular.
An example of how a second position solo might sound.
Understand why the V-chord might give you some problems and how to solve it.
Undertand what a scale is.
Learn the blues scale on your harmonica.
Example of how a blues scale solo might sound.
Understand how chords are built up.
Example of how a chord tone solo might sound.
Understand how the flat seventh can be used to communicate with other musicians.
A refelction on might you might have discovered while practicing.
A qucik quiz on the concepts so far.
Understand why you need passing tones and blue notes.
Learn where to find passing tones and blue notes for the chords.
Example of what a solo using passing tones and blue notes might sound like.
Understand how you can effectively biuld up your solos.
Understand why a pause might make what you play sound even better.
Understand a very underused element of blues solos.
An example bringing it all together.
Understand some basic variations of the 12 bar blues you might come across.
Some thoughts on what you might do next.
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.