Jerry Portnoy's Blues Harmonica Masterclass Box set
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Audio CD, Box set, June 26, 2001
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Head and shoulders above any other harmonica instruction kit...the best in the business. --Real Blues Magazine
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I had purchased and aggressively used all the top-rated blues harp instructional products (including those available at Amazon), avoiding Portnoy's because of its relatively high cost. Mistake! It's not that the other materials are not worthwhile. It's that Portnoy's CD set is where I should have started. Learning from the rest of the instructional material out there would then have come much easier. After "taking" Jerry's Masterclass, I find myself going back to the other material with far greater technical ability and a more thorough understanding of the instrument that grant me fuller access to information I was previously unable to absorb.
In this Masterclass Portnoy clearly articulates even the most difficult to understand nuances of playing effective harmonica, rendering the material accessible even (especially?) by a beginner. As the serious student of any musical instrument should expect, Jerry carefully concentrates on all the fundamentals. He takes his "student" through each technique in small steps, giving superb examples all the way. You just follow along with Jerry's lessons on your diatonic (in the key of A), stopping and repeating at your own pace until you're comfortable with each new technique. You decide when to go on to the next lesson, and can come back for a refresher any time (a highly recommended practice).
If you want to learn specific blues licks, there are better resources.Read more ›
I'd recommend buying this. Th
There are cheaper sets on the market. In fact I think this is the most expensive set of it's kind. A lot of the less expensive sets are the ones where the author has you playing simple songs in 5 minutes. 6 months later, you may be able to play 2 or 3 songs, but that's about it. The harp, book, and CD end up in a drawer.
If you buy these, you will NOT be playing simple sings in 5 minutes. You will learn the techniques that will allow you to make continual self-directed progress. You will be able to expand your repertoire as you progress. By the time you're done, you will know how to teach yourself to play the music you hear.
If you already play a little (like I was when I got this set) you should still go back to the beginning and see what he's got to teach. This guy is a serious Harpist. He's played with BB King & Eric Clapton.
It requires time and patience. The author understands how to teach, and he understands the limitations of the "CD/book set" as a medium. The CD talks you through each exercise, and you learn skills. He gives you clear instructions, and he provides examples of what each exercise should sound like.
This is incremental instruction. The lessons are short and structured. You will want a CD player where you can pause and go back pretty easily.
You will also need a Harp in A. I recommend you skip the $3-5 cheapies and get something good.Read more ›
This set will benefit absolute beginners as well as advanced players. This set however targets people who are serious about learning. If you're willing to take it a step at a time and build up your skills, this is the right choice for you.
One thing Jerry doesn't show is licks, riffs, patterns. He suggests you get that by listening to artists you like. But he gives you the necessary tools to understand how riffs are played. This set is mostly about technique, he becomes your teacher for a couple hours. Creativity is left to you.
It ends with a nice selection of play-along blues tracks. You'll learn in various keys and at various tempos.
You will need an harmonica in A.
The CD set is a bit pricey, it certainly could be more affordable, but once you get it, you'll forget about the money. It's really worth it.
The presentation is excellent, the booklet is filled with artwork and fun photos - a nice complement to the audio. One thing I would suggest as an improvement: some of the written content is mostly the same as some of the audio content. I would have liked to see some analysis of his playing in the the play-along tracks.
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This is the best self-directed, short harmonica course that I've found. Gindick has a less formal approach to teaching harmonica and I supplement my studies with his input too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by John Matro
I used disc 1 without a problem. But when i tried to use disc 2 it wouldn't read. When i looked it over i saw that it had a crack in it.Published 22 months ago by weewaw npl
This boxset of cd's methodically relates the necessary techniques to play what your hear in your head. Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Banjopilot
I am learning to play the harmonica. I live in a small isolated town miles from anywhere. I'm learning to play from books, CD's, DVD's, and the internet. Read morePublished on February 16, 2014 by Karl
Of the few harmonica instructionals I have check out, I think this one is the most complete and to the point of the bunch, and for any beginner I would like to parrot what Jerry... Read morePublished on April 10, 2012 by saw dust maker
This is by far the best most comprehensive blues harp course I've ever ordered. He explains in detail methods that are glossed over by others.This is the real, deal step by step.Published on February 3, 2012 by Phillip R. Pullin
I want to add my voice to the chorus of praise for Portnoy's Masterclass. Jerry is a supeb teacher, and these CD's have been a great learning resource for me over the last couple... Read morePublished on August 4, 2009 by Jean Baillargeon
I absolutely loved Jerry Portnoy's Blues Harmonica Masterclass. I have learned so much from this course, and I really feel Jerry is solely responsible for teaching me the skills,... Read morePublished on July 23, 2008 by Sunny Blues