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[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | 3,171 views]
Welcome to the December 2010 – January 2011 issue of Harmonica Sessions®!

Harmonica Sessions® is a bimonthly online magazine exploring various facets of harmonica music. Each month, this “webzine” will feature articles by composers, teachers, or performers. Visitors to the site can learn about the featured authors’ publications, background, or performance/workshop schedule. A free printable music sample will be included in at least one of the articles each month. So keep coming back, and we hope you enjoy it! Feel free to send us your comments and suggestions to Contact Us.
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Featured, Harmonica Workbench »

[7 Dec 2010 | 2 Comments | 16,823 views]
Harmonica Workbench: Sure, you heard of Volvo…

with Kinya Pollard
Q: What do Volvo and Dick Sjoeberg of Master Harp have in common? 
A: Both call Sweden their home, and both are known for uncompromising quality and innovation.
In the Beginning
Late 2007, while visiting the Harpsmith workshop, Jason Ricci enthusiastically spoke about the unbelievable craftsmanship of the combs he had received from harmonica builder, Dick Sjoeberg of Master Harp www.masterharp.com. If only Jason had the comb to show me!
October of 2008, I had the pleasure of meeting two of Dick Sjoeberg’s students: Magnus and Krister at Steve Baker’s Harmonica Masterclass …

Featured, Microphone Choices »

[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | 3,291 views]
Microphone Choices: The Auto (Harp) Industry!

with Fritz Hasenpusch 
Nope, I’m not an insurance salesman, I don’t know the Gecko, and couldn’t guess how much “liability” you should carry. But like a good neighbor I do want to be “there” with the right info when you need it… And in fact, we were talking about insurance of a sort during our last chat here in the MICROPHONE DUNGEON. Insurance for LORD MICROPHONE in the form of protection from the corrosive elements that lurk all about in the environment in which they operate: The stage, the jam, our …

Featured, Harmonica Lessons »

[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | 5,915 views]
No More Excuses – Part II

By David Barrett 
Last issue we explored the standard three chords used in the blues, the I7, IV7 and V7 chords. If you spent the time necessary memorizing those three chords on the C Harmonica and playing the examples to a twelve bar blues jam track, then you’ve already experienced what amazing things it can do for your playing and you’re ready for this new study. If you haven’t, go back and do it. This article will do you no good if you haven’t mastered the basics. The focus of this …

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[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | 5,444 views]
Chromatic for Diatonic Players: Hand Cupping & The Slide – Part 2

By Winslow Yerxa 
Putting it to Work – Combined Slide and Cup Action
Now, let’s try playing a note sequence while using the hand cup to produce a very subtle vibrato (and let’s not quibble over whether this is tremolo or vibrato). Play a simple C major scale, as shown in Tab 1, using a subtle hand vibrato. Play each note long enough to get the vibrato effect, and see how little hand movement you can use and still get an audible vibrato.

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Now, do the same thing, but with …