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Harmonica Workbench: Passion On The Bench

by Kinya Pollard
Over the years, I have been approached by numerous harmonica players who have confessed their love for tinkering. Many of you spend more time on the workbench than on the bandstand—sound familiar?
 
Motivated by the economic downturn or simply a desire to monetize their hobby, a few of you out there officially set up shop and began marketing your harmonica centric business.
 
As a business owner for over 30 years, I am always intrigued and delighted when I find an enterprise that has crossed over the notoriously difficult five year …

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Chromatic for Diatonic Players: Keep that Slider Slidin’- Part 2

By Winslow Yerxa
In the last installment I described the various types of mouthpiece/slide assemblies found on current chromatic harmonicas. This time we’ll look at the differences among the actual sliders and describe ways to keep your slider clean and sliding well.
 
Straight and Cross Tuned Sliders (and the Reeds Behind Them)
Look inside the mouthpiece holes of the two harmonicas below and you’ll see two different types of slider. The one on top has all the upper halves of the holes open, while the one on the bottom has the upper half …

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Beginning Blues Harmonica Songs? Do they Exist?

By David Barrett 
 
The following forum question to me offers our discussion for this article…
 
“Hello David, please tell me what would be the most important songs for every beginner to learn? I’ve just finished [insert study material here]… and I am looking for great songs that I can learn with my level of skill. Can you please suggest a short list of songs to learn alongside with my regular lessons?” Signed, LearningTheHarp
 
My initial reaction was that they don’t exist. For a blues harmonica song to exist, it’s assumed the player has …

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Welcome to the December–January 2011-2012 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: NITS and CHIGGERS: THE NASTY DETAILS INSIDE!

 by Fritz Hasenpusch
 
 
Patients make their way to the MIC DUNGEON for all manner of reasons, for all manner of treatments. Just like with people, microphones can be affected by many different types of maladies that can adversely influence their looks, their viability, and their functional capability. Since we’ll be studying the “nasty details inside,” let’s assume we’ll be passing on the purely cosmetic fixes (no Kardashians) and dig into ways of actually maximizing your mic’s capability to deliver what you’re looking for: BETTER PERFORMANCE from your harpmic.
 
Topping the list of upcoming …