" All Aboard "
Welcome to Harmonica West,
The Harmonica Club of Western Australia.
Life is better with music.
Please join us on our musical journey.
Our mission is to develop a community of harmonica enthusiasts who get together socially with an aim to share information, organise events and enjoy each others company.
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Jonathan Lockyer recommends the website
Harp Surgery: www.harpsurgery.com
Martin King recommends a very handy free app called Riffstation. 'Riffstation' is for uke / guitar.
Thought it might be useful if you have any students who are trying to play along with songs or trying to map them out.
You search for a song, it plays the video and underneath it scrolls all the chords, you can also turn on a metronome which syncs and lets you keep the count easily for each bar, and tells you the bpm for the song, and the chord tells you which key each bar is in. You can then slow the tempo down as well if you want so it keeps the pitch but slows the song down to make it easier to learn.
Technique allows you to express yourself musically.
In the words of flautist, Sir James Galway, “If you don’t have the technique, you can’t produce the goods”.
"Practice makes progress" says Bruce Gillam
( WA clarinet teacher )
Roy Hamilton, local drum tutor, tells his students
" You only have to practice on the days you eat. "
When world artist classical violinist Pinchas Zukerman was asked how he achieved his masterful sound and technique
he replied "Practice, practice, practice."
Joe Filisko says
“As the fingers are to a pianist so the tongue is to a harmonica player”
Breath control - Rafael Mendez
Tin Sandwich, Anyone - a History of the Harmonica
Mickey Raphael with Willie Nelson.
Instruction for chromatic solo by Stevie Wonder
Kim Wilson G harmonica 3rd position
Pocket Full of Soul
harmonica documentary now on sale
"The Harmonica is a great instrument to bring people together." Jeremy Jongsma aka Moondog J.
Slow Down Music Trainer
an app available from itunes $4.99
useful for working out harmonica phrases and playing along
slows the music without altering the key
can loop musical segments
can alter the pitch of music