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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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  • Big Road Blues Show 6/12/16: Chicago Killers Pt. 5 – Horn Men, Jump Bands & Blues Crooners
    Show Notes: Tom Archia's publicity photo for Aristocrat Records, 1947 /1948 Writer Bill Greensmith noted that "the Chicago R&B and jump music scene of the 1940's and '50's happily coexisted alongside the more celebrated and familiar down-home amplified style of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Little Walter. …In 1974 Mike Leadbitter, in a column titled […]
  • Big Road Blues Show 5/29/16: Mix Show
    Show Notes:  It's been awhile since we've done a mix show. Lots of interesting records on tap today including spinning the recorded output of Rock Heart Johnson, a trio of sides from Ace's recent Bluesin' By The Bayou collection, two from B.B. King from new collections, two sides from the LP Fort Valley Blues, a […]
  • Big Road Blues Show 5/22/16: Chicago Killers Pt. 4 – Floyd Jones & Friends
    Show Notes:  Floyd Jones c. 1944 Guitarist Floyd Jones specialized in well crafted, dark, brooding topical blues songs. He was born on July 21, 1917, in Marianna, Arkansas. He  recalled that his Mother was a fine pianist but died when he was young. Moving to Mississippi with his father, where he came into contact with Charlie […]
  • Big Road Blues Show 5/15/16: Scrapper Blackwell – Mr. Scrapper's Blues
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  • Big Road Blues Show 5/8/16: Chicago Killers Pt. 3 – Lefty Bates & L.C. McKinley
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