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[1 Feb 2011 | One Comment | 6,942 views]
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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[1 Feb 2011 | 3 Comments | 52,685 views]
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 …

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[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 …

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[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 …

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[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | 5,914 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 …