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Welcome to the February – March 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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Microphone Choices: You Want Paint Secrets? We Got ‘Em!

by Fritz Hasenpusch 
Just look at that shine on the HARPMOBILE. The brilliant color, the depth of the gloss… Like the finish on most every car on the showroom floor and by now (by virtue of attrition) just about everything rolling down life’s proverbial hi-way, the secret to the shine is no secret: URETHANE “PAINT.” I’ll put “PAINT” in quotes as it’s more of a coating than paint as was once understood. Whereas paints such as LAQUERS and ENAMELS are composed of fluid vehicles that evaporate to leave their suspended solids behind …

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No More Excuses – Part III

By David Barrett 
In our first 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 in the key of G (2nd Position), then you were ready for what we did in our last issue, playing the ii7 and vi7 chords. I provided you with jam tracks that utilized the common I7—VI7—II7—V7 chord progression; I hope you enjoyed the …

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Chromatic for Diatonic Players: Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 1

By Winslow Yerxa
Over the next few issues, I’m going to review several models of 14-hole chromatic harmonicas from Bends, Hering, Hohner, Seydel, and Suzuki. It turns out that several models are available in this unusual size, and their special capabilities are very deserving of your consideration next time you’re in the market for a new chromatic.
The Value of 14 Holes
You may wonder, “Why 14 holes?” The more familiar 12-hole size has a three-octave range and fits nicely in the hands. The four-octave size is rather large but has all the …