Re: [Harp-L] Bluegrass Harmonica
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- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Bluegrass Harmonica
- From: Tony Eyers <tony@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 13:27:22 +1100
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I became serious about bluegrass harmonica around 17 years ago. I'd
started attending Australian bluegrass festivals, wanted to join in, but
could not. The reason: I didn't know the tunes.
The bluegrass fiddle tune repertoire, or part thereof, is the pass key
to bluegrass sessions, in my view. We have some wonderful bluegrass
fiddle tune exponents on the list, Cara Cooke and Trip Henderson come to
mind (I've met and played with both of them).
Anyway, around 1995 I started learning the tunes, after several years I
could play a good selection, more or less. Everyone has their own
journey through bluegrass tunes, mine was via retuned harmonicas.
It's easier now, through good online advice. At the risk of self
promotion (...who? me?), here are some of my pointers on getting started
with bluegrass fiddle tunes for harmonica
- http://www.harmonicatunes.com/traditional - articles on the basic
bluegrass fiddle tune repertoire, how to approach learning, tempos etc
- http://www.HarmonicaAcademy.com - my teaching site, which, as far as I
know, has the most detailed outline of how to play fiddle tunes in 1st,
2nd and 3rd position, with exercises, repertoire, backing tracks etc.
Happy to be corrected on this, but nonetheless a good resource, I think.
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