Are you a guitar player looking for something new to add to your bag of tricks? Playing the harmonica with your guitar will add a whole new dimension to your playing.
Are you a harmonica player looking to be able to accompany yourself easily and make your harmonica playing sound even better? Play the guitar with your harmonica and discover a huge new sound that will come out of your playing.
Playing the guitar and harmonica together until now has been seen as either a novelty or else as something so difficult that it's an impossibility. Explode that myth completely with the first video in the course, to discover how simple playing the guitar and harmonica together can really be.
You'll love how you can quickly and easily add basic harmonica playing to your guitar and have this new voice in your playing that wasn't there before, or if you are a harmonica player then you'll have these chords and rhythms behind your playing right at your fingertips any time you want to make it happen.
This can be a transformational thing to learn for you, whether you either play guitar or harmonica.
You'll find that playing the guitar and harmonica together is not just a gimmicky thing to mimic what someone has already done (although you certainly will be able to do that!).
Rather, you'll discover that by taking your existing guitar playing or harmonica playing and putting them together in the right way, step by step creates both a sound and an effect that is more than just the sum of guitar+harmonica. Through this playing the guitar and harmonica together course you may very well discover a whole new way of approaching your instruments that actually is both fun and inspiring.
This course only requires basic guitar skills, knowing the basic chords in the key of C and G, and E if you would like to do the bonus materials.
Also, no particular harmonica skills are needed for this course at all - you can be a complete beginner. I will get you through the basics and you will have good tone in your playing right from the start, which is a major secret and needed skill for guitar/harmonica rack playing.
You will need a harmonica holder, but not for the first lesson. You'll get the benefit of my years of harmonica holder use and testing to give you my best recommendations for what harmonica holder to get - and they aren't expensive.
In terms of harmonicas, you will need a key of C harmonica, and a key of A harmonica and a key G if you want to go through the key of E guitar and E minor guitar song bonus materials at the end. No fancy harmonicas needed, I will give you some recommendations for harmonicas also, to go along with your guitar playing.
This will be easy, this will be fun and I truly believe that you will have a great time and discover a whole new voice in your playing by learning to play guitar and harmonica together. So let's get your playing guitar and harmonica together thing started right now!
If you are a guitar player interested in adding simultaneous harmonica playing to your guitar skills, please watch this video for vital insights of what adding harmonica to your guitar playing can do for you.
If you are a harmonica player interested in adding simultaneous guitar playing to your skills, please watch this video for vital insights of what adding guitar to your harmonica playing can do for you.
No harmonica holder needed for this video
Harmonica tone is absolutely essential for your guitar/harmonica playing, because it is all "out there" with no hands or effects in the way since your harmonica is in a harmonica holder in front of you. In this video I give you a great technique I created that gives you a "baseline" for how the harmonica should sound when it is played in a open and relaxed style. You can easily go back to this baseline harmonica-tone-check technique any time you need to so you too will have great harmonica tone coming out of your guitar/harmonica playing.
It's an unwritten law - you have to learn to imitate a train: here's the guitar part
The harmonica train rhythm parts are helped tremendously by rhythm guitar!
"The Train" isn't complete without the train whistle technique - here's a great trick
Playing the guitar with your harmonica train imitation techniques really makes it come to life.
Harmonica articulation techniques allow you to easily add variations and excitement to your playing.
Harmonica Articulation with Guitar - add simple guitar accompaniment and it comes together and makes it sound like something is really happening with your guitar/harmonica playing.
Only three guitar chords needed here - C, F, and G. The F chord has been simplified to a three-finger F major 7th chord, so you only have to move to fingers to go from the C guitar chord to the F chord.
"Tooka Tooka" is an articulation technique you'll use constantly with your guitar and harmonica playing, and it sounds great.
With these simple guitar chords and added harmonica techniques you will hear new layers of your guitar harmonica playing starting to stand out.
You can add a lot of beauty to your guitar and harmonica playing by adding vibrato to your harmonica playing - here's an easy technique for adding vibrato.
For your guitar and harmonica playing, alternating and varying the articulation and the vibrato of your harmonica playing while keeping a simple guitar chord progression going really sounds great.
The harmonica "shake" or "warble" technique is a classic blues technique, instantly recognizable and really fun to add to your guitar and harmonica playing.
Key of Guitar guitar plus harmonica gets into 2nd position harmonica playing. For the necessary D note on the harmonica you learn a special technique where you can hit it every time without having to worry about typical "single note" harmonica techniques, and it sounds great with the guitar.
Here's a demo of playing a guitar with harmonica song and adding a solo to it using the techniques you've already been learning. I'm playing and singing a bit of the traditional song Midnight Special, made famous by the band Creedence Clearwater Revival.
This is a bit of a bonus section for you, going into how to apply your guitar/harmonica techniques to a basic Blues guitar progression. I've simplified the rhythm considerably for this lesson, but count out all the measures and changes for you to make it easy to apply to any stylistic variations you'd like to apply to your guitar playing.
Key of A harmonica needed. It is absolutely essential to get to the point where you can play a 12 bar blues automatically and instinctually, both on guitar and harmonica. Playing both guitar and harmonica together in the circular 12 bar blues guitar progression is actually a lot of fun and will really open up your improvising ability. RECOMMENDED: get used to using the Udemy video speed controls and rewind and fast forward controls also for this video, so you can see all the tablature at your desired speed and presentation.
Here's a good bit of the same 12 Bar Blues Guitar + Harmonica progression, just extended a bit and adding some variations in the last 12 bars to show you how just mixing your techniques up a little bit will add a lot to your improvising.
Just by playing a 12 bar Blues guitar and harmonica progression and improving with it too, you prove that you too now can play the guitar and harmonica together (and know how to have fun with it too!)
I have taught the harmonica and guitar for several years, and with the harmonica I have taught thousands of students through my live classrooms and seminars. I am an active songwriter and performer and absolutely love playing and teaching music and performing. You'll discover that I'm a little bit crazy, but in the creative world sometimes it helps to be a little bit crazy, and that way my students don't take their beginner mistakes too seriously either!
I believe that everyone should play an instrument and getting together to play and sing and write with other people is one of the most fun things you can do-but you won't know it until you try it and become it.
My courses are fun, you will have a good time and I am here for you to help you with any extra questions you may have. Hope to see you online!