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[29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | 3,114 views]
Welcome to the August–September 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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[29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | 12,684 views]
Harmonica Workbench: News Flash! X-Men Nemesis, Magneto, Likes Harmonicas

with Kinya Pollard
Every superhero has their unique gifts that they can choose to bring forth good or evil into our world. For years, I thought Marvel Comic’s Magneto character was one evil dude—little did I know there is a softer side to him. It turns out he’s a harmonica buff!
So with the X-Men movie prequel hitting the theatres, I couldn’t help but make the correlation between Magneto and TurboHarp. Both have a fascination with magnetism and continuously look for unique ways to manipulate metal.
For twenty years now, fans of TurboHarp …

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[29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | 10,972 views]
Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 2 Chromatic for Diatonic Players

By Winslow Yerxa
In the last issue I got under the hoods of four mid-price 14-hole chromatics (try saying that fast several times). The harmonicas in question were the Hohner Chrometta 14, Suzuki Chromatix SCX-56, Hering Stan Harper 56, and the Bends Tonica 56. This time, I’m going to give you recorded samples of those instruments, together with my impressions from actually playing them.
Playing Impressions
After all the measuring and photographing, I was finally able to reassemble the instruments and actually play them. I resisted the temptation to adjust, alter, or otherwise …

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[29 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | 7,125 views]
No More Excuses – Part VI: 1st Position, Part 1

By David Barrett
We’ve finished 2nd and 3rd Positions, so it’s time to move to our last most common blues harmonica position—1st Position. Again, let’s start with the basics—which notes match the three blues chords for each hole on the harmonica in 1st Position. This is your first step in moving from being an intuitive player to a purposeful player. This knowledge is also imperative for accompaniment playing. Grab your C harmonica and let’s dig into blues in the key of C.
We’ll start by listing the notes in the Key of …

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[28 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | 3,578 views]
Microphone Choices: The Shine of Your Kandy Kolor Questions!

 by Fritz Hasenpusch  
The roughly textured walls of the MICROPHONE DUNGEON are speckled with POST-IT notes on which I’ve scrawled your questions dealing with the coatings that might suit LORD MICROPHONE. How to preserve its inherent state and condition, make it easier to hang onto, jazz it up, personalize it and make it a showpiece. On our last outing we took a look at the retro methods of the Rat Rodders, the benefits of primer coats, and the choice of leaving your audio arsenal in this primary state of preservation. The protection …