Posts Tagged ‘Diatonic Harmonica’

Harmonica Set For Beginners

Why You Need A Harmonica Set

A begining harmonica player who has mastered the nack of nailing a single note now needs a harmonica set. Chances are you already have a diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘C’. Whilst there are advanced players who can get a full chromatic scale out of one ‘C’ harmonica this requires a lot of skill and is generally impractical, but for a modest outlay compared to buying any other form of instrument …

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You Gotta Help Me

One of the first riffs which inspired me to learn blues harp was ‘You Gotta Help Me’ as recorded by Sonny Boy Williamson the piece is in the key of ‘F”, so you will need a diatonic harmonica in the key of ‘Bflat’. John Mayall’s blues breakers also recorded this.

This piece is also a classic example of a riff loop which constantly cycles with Sonny Boy diving in and out of the loop to solo when required. If you can learn how to go back in and out of the loop your playing will sound far more rhythmical to the listener. During the solos you can hear the precision with which the tremolo effect is applied to the notes. Every time I hear this piece I always hear something different. This makes the piece a harmonica riff classic for me.
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