Learn To Play Harmonica With Effective Tone Control

Just How Do You Learn To Play Harmonica With Effective Tone Control ..

Effective tone control when you learn to play harmonica is an essential skill but not as hard as some harmonica gurus would have you believe. If you listen to the great players of the past like Little Walter with your eyes shut and headphones on you can almost hear the resonation of sound coming from deep within. When I first started to play harmonica in cross position I was introduced to a recycled lesson (pre internet days) from a mate who said you had to make lots of vocal sounds to get tone control and good tone.

Needless to say this was not the big picture, sure enough ‘oy oy’ draw notes made blowing cross harp or the great classic ‘Love Me Do’ easy to nail but what I was really look for was the tone. Well 13 years down the road I am happy to say I have found the:

‘How To Learn To Play Harmonica With Effective Tone Control’

It’s a fantastic video by the renowned Lee Sankey. The great analogy he gives in this video is the difference between blowing a spec of dust or misting up a sheet of glass. Watch the video and try it.

Lee Sankey http://www.leesankey.com is where you can find plenty more from this amazing player.

This lesson should really rate as high in importance as the next step from blowing a single note, when you learn to play harmonica

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