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Table of Contents,Beginning to Play 2 3,Frequently Asked Questions 3 4. Beginner Songs,Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 5,London Bridge 5. Ring Around the Rosies 5,Baa Baa Black Sheep 6,Mary Had a Little Lamb 6. When the Saints Go Marching In 6,Jingle Bells 6,Row Row Row Your Boat 7. Good Night Ladies 7,On Top of Old Smokey 7,Louis Louis 8.
Jamming Riffs 8,Harmonica Resources 9,About the Instructor. Frank Strong is on the roster of the Iowa Arts Council Metro Arts. Alliance of Des Moines Partners in Art and VSA Arts of Iowa Frank. began to play guitar and harmonica when he was 18 years old In his. day job Frank is Associate Director at a non profit training agency. serving persons with disabilities in central Iowa Frank regularly. teaches harmonica through Des Moines Adult Education and at arts. days for local schools Frank enjoys playing a variety of music. performing at farmer s markets and jamming with local blues bands. Frank has recorded a CD of his favorite railroad songs accompanied. by guitar and harmonica which can be heard on his website. rrsongs com, Contact Information 1048 Davis Des Moines IA 50315. Phone and Fax 515 285 7254,frank frankstrong net, Adapted from Blues and Rock Harmonica by Glenn W eiser. The story of the harmonica began with the Chinese Emperor Nyn Kwya who. invented a free reed instrument called the sheng sublime voice in 3000 B. C This early instrument is considered the forerunner of the modern. The present day harmonica was invented in 1821 by a German clockmaker. named Christian Buschman who put fifteen pitch pipes together In 1857. Matthias Hohner decided to manufacture harmonicas on a large scale in. Trossingen Germany The harmonica spread all over Germany and with. the mass emigration of Germans in the latter half of the nineteenth century. all over the world By the time of the American Civil W ar the harmonica was. well established in the United States Many soldiers on both sides of the. Civil W ar played them, As harmonicas became more widely available different playing styles have. evolved Players discovered that notes could be lowered in pitch by. changing the pressure exerted on reeds These blue notes of the African. vocal scale were reproduced on the new instrument By the 1920 s when. recording companies began to look for blues acts blues harp was a. common sound in the southern part of the United States After W orld W ar II. a large relocation of blacks from the rural south to the urban north took. place Many moved to Chicago with the giants of blues harmonica. recording and performing there, Other musicians popularized the harmonica as a rock instrument Young.
English guitarists imitated American black blues guitarists The blues based. British rock invasion of the late 1960 s re popularized the blues and helped. to establish the harmonica as a rock as well as a blues instrument. And now you will be a part of the history of the harmonica. Beginning to Play, A diatonic harmonica has ten holes Each hole can play two different notes. depending on whether you are exhaling blowing or inhaling drawing The. 20 notes of the diatonic harmonica cover a range of three octaves They are. arranged in such a way that only the middle octave contains a complete. eight note scale, How to play the diatonic harmonica in the key of C. 1 Hold the harmonica with one hand at each end with the numbers facing. you Low notes are on the left and high notes are on the right. 2 Holes 4 5 6 and 7 will play the notes of the beginner songs. 3 Position your mouth over the fourth hole Pretend you are sipping on a. straw or whistling, 4 Blowing into hole 4 will play a C Draw on hole 4 and you have D. 5 Blowing into hole 5 plays an E Drawing out plays F. 6 Blow on 6 for a G and draw to get A,7 Draw on 7 for a B. 8 Blow into 7 for the top note of the C major scale. 9 Practice going slowly up and down the scale several times until you can hit. 10 Lift your tongue on and off holes 1 2 and 3 and you will get a C chord. Make sure your mouth is clean before playing Tap the harmonica lightly to. remove debris Soaking your harmonica in water is NOT recommended. The Number System, Begin by playing a C Major scale Any plain number indicates to blow on that.
hole A number with a before it means to draw on that hole. C D E F G A B C,4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7,blow draw blow draw blow draw draw blow. Frequently Asked Questions, Do I need to be able to read music to play harmonica. No There are several systems for notating harmonica music that do not use a. clef Most use up arrows for the blow exhale notes and down arrows for the. draw inhale notes,W hat if I have problems playing a single note. Don t worry too much about playing single notes Have some fun with the songs. first Practice single notes by placing your index fingers tightly over holes 3 and 5. and cram the whole thing into your mouth Tightly cover holes 3 and 5 and. practice blowing into hole 4 Or use your fingers to manually squeeze in the. corners of your lips Now try to maintain this position without your fingers The. average person takes a few weeks to get this technique Repeat it slowly over. and over again until you build the correct muscle memory. How far in my mouth should the harmonica go, The harmonica should always be between your lips and not against them That. is we want the harmonica against the inside of our lips and not the outside of our. lips Try this on hole number 4 slowly blowing and drawing As a general rule. always put the harmonica as far into your mouth as possible while still playing a. clean single note,How long should I practice, For the first few weeks of playing you will find that after a short amount of time.
your lips get tired and they don t do exactly what you ask them to This is perfectly. normal and will go away with practice and time It is normal for your mouth and. hands to get tired after playing for extended periods Practice for 10 minutes 2 or. 3 times a day and build up your endurance,W hat if the harmonica sticks to my lips. If your lips begin sticking to the harmonica when you go from hole to hole lick. your lips and the portion of the harmonica where you would place them Any. lubricants other than your natural saliva are not recommended. W hat about saliva, Keep your head up while playing which will help keep the excess saliva that you. will naturally generate from ending up in the harmonica Remove excess moisture. from inside the harmonica from time to time by rapping the harmonica. mouthpiece down against your palm or leg The excess moisture can clog the. reeds in the harmonica,Beginner Songs, Remember a plain number indicates to blow on that hole. A number with a before it means to draw on that hole. g C D E F G A B C,3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7,blow blow draw blow draw blow draw draw blow. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Twin kle twin kle lit tle star How I won der what you are.
4 4 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4, Up above the world so high like a dia mond in the sky. 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 6 6 5 5 5 5 4, Twin kle twin kle lit tle star How I won der what you are. 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4,Taps all blows, Day is done Gone the sun From the lake from the hills. 3 3 4 3 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 5,from the sky all is well Safe ly rest God is nigh. 3 4 5 4 5 6 5 4 3 3 3 4,London Bridge, Lon don bridge is fall ing down fall ing down fall ing down.
6 6 6 5 5 5 6 4 5 5 5 5 6,Lon don bridge is fall ing down my fair la dy. 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 4 6 5 4,Ring Around the Rosies, Ring a round the ro sies A pock et full of po sies. 6 6 5 6 6 5 5 6 6 5 6 6 5,Ash es ash es W e all fall down. 6 5 6 5 5 6 5 4,Baa Baa Black Sheep, Baa baa black sheep have you an y wool Yes sir yes sir three bags full. 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4, 1 for my master and 1 for my dame and 1 for the lit tle boy who lives down the lane.
6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4, Baa baa black sheep have you an y wool Yes sir yes sir three bags full. 4 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4,Mary Had a Little Lamb. Ma ry had a lit tle lamb lit tle lamb lit tle lamb. 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 5 6 6, Ma ry had a lit tle lamb it s fleece was white as snow. 5 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 4 4,When the Saints Go Marching In. Oh when the saints go march ing in Oh when the saints go march ing in. 4 5 5 6 4 5 5 6 4 5 5 6 5 4 5 4, Lord I want to be in that num ber W hen the saints go march ing in.
5 4 4 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 5 6 5 4 4 4,Jingle Bells,Jin gle bells jin gle bells jin gle all the way. 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 4 4 5, Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse o pen slei eigh. 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 4 6,Jin gle bells jin gle bells jin gle all the way. 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 4 4 5, Oh what fun it is to ride In a one horse o pen sleigh. 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 5 4 4,Row Row Row Your Boat,Row row row your boat Gent ly down the stream.
4 4 4 4 5 5 4 5 5 6, Mer ri ly mer ri ly mer ri ly mer ri ly Life is but a dream. 7 7 7 6 6 6 5 5 5 4 4 4 6 5 5 4 4,Good Night Ladies. Good night la dies good night la dies,5 4 3 4 5 4 5 5. Good night la dies we re going to leave you now,5 4 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4. Mer ri ly we roll a long roll a long roll al ong,5 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 4 5 6 6.
Mer ri ly we roll a long o er the deep blue sea,5 4 4 4 5 5 5 4 4 5 4 4. On Top of Old Smokey,On top of Old Smok ey all cov ered with snow. 4 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 6 6 5,I lost my true lov er a court in too slow. 4 4 5 6 6 4 5 5 5 4 4,Now court in s a pleas ure and part ing is grief. 4 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 6 6 6,And a false heart ed lov er is worse than a thief.
4 4 4 5 6 6 4 5 5 5 4 4,Intermediate Songs,c d e g b C D E F G A B C D E F G A C. 1 1 2 2 and 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10,Louis Louis. 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2,Bridge 6 5 4 4 3 2,Jamming Riffs. to play along with your favorite musicians,First Position Riffs Second Position Riffs. Practice Riff Frank s Riff,6 5 4 6 5 4 2 2 2 1 2,6 5 4 6 5 4.
Love Lost Riff,W arble Trill 1 2 2 3 2,4 5 4 5 4 5 3. Blues Pattern,Can t Turn You Loose 2 3 4 5 6 5 4 3. Blues Bros 2000 CD 2,5 4 4 5 5 4 4 4,Octave Riff,This riff ends on an octave. above the beginning note,Harmonica Resources, Books from the Des Moines Public Library See your local library for other. Starting Blues Harmonica for Young Blues Harp Players by Stuart Son. Maxwell Highly Recommended,Blues Harp from Scratch by Mick Kinsella.
Instant Chromatic Harmonica the Blues Jazz Improvisation Method by. David Harp,You Can Teach Yourself Blues Harp by Phil Duncan. Also available are various CDs of harmonica performances. Instruction and Song Web Sites,Jack s Giant Harmonica Songbook. http www volcano net jackmearl songs index html 600 online songs in. categories online lessons searchable, Harmonica Country http www harmonicacountry com lessons. songbooks for sale, W ilbur s Music Page http www hoerl com Music harmon1 html beginner. tips images of harmonica positions lip blocking,Harmonica Magazines.
American Harmonica Newsmagazine 104 Highland Avenue Battle Creek. Easy Reeding Hohner USA see their website http www hohnerusa com. Company Web Sites, Harmonicas Stuff http www harmonicasandstuff com harmonicas. accessories, Harp Depot http www harpdepot com Suzuki Hohner and Lee Oskar. harps mini harps instruction books, Hohner Company http www hohnerusa com history harmonica models. Frequently Asked Questions dealers,Suzuki Harmonicas http suzukimusic com harmonica. first Practice single notes by placing your index fingers tightly over holes 3 and 5 and cram the whole thing into your mouth Tightly cover holes 3 and 5 and practice blowing into hole 4 Or use your fingers to manually squeeze in the corners of your lips Now try to maintain this position without your fingers The

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