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You Can Teach Yourself Harmonica Audio, Cassette – December 1, 1993

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Mel Bay Pubns; Book and Cassette edition (December 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871663074
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871663078
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,069,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Phil Duncan earned his Masters of Music Education degree in 1973 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His thesis focused on the study of methods for teaching the beginning student of any musical instrument. He has taught piano, guitar, and harmonica since the age of 16, having been introduced to the harmonica by his grandfather at age 7. With a versatile educator's experience ranging from elementary school through university levels, Phil served for many years as the vocal and general music teacher at Lakeview Middle School in Kansas City, Missouri. He is currently teaching at Park University in the Music Department. He instructs choir and voice as well as a class in Kansas City Jazz Style and classes on Music Education for Elementary Teachers. As a clinician, Phil has conducted workshops at several harmonica conventions and at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Arkansas, the Texas Music Educator's Conference, and has presented many other clinics throughout the Midwest. He is also active in community education, and has advised teachers in techniques to better instruct their students in the art of playing the harmonica. Phil's career as an author for Mel Bay Publications began in 1979 with the publication of The Deluxe Harmonica Method. This work was the result of ten years of research and two years of diligent writing. Since this auspicious beginning, Phil has published over 20 books and videos with Mel Bay Publications on virtually every aspect of playing the harmonica, making a significant contribution to the repertoire for this instrument. He also has 8 published instructional videos and is a recording artist with 15 albums to his credit. He also performs on guitar and keyboard. Mel Bay has published his Learn to Play Rock/Blues Electronic Keyboard. Missouri Middle Schools's Journal published his article on teaching harmonica playing in the middle school. The Missouri Conservation Commission published several of his harmonica arrangements in its Songbook in 1982. He also is a contributor for the Society for the Preservation and Advancement's Harmonica Happenings news magazine. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Kopyar on November 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
This video is funny to watch, but really does not help you learn how to play the harmonica. The video (DVD which has to be taken from a copy of an old VHS) has to be from about 1985 at the latest. It is funny to watch the guy, but it goes fast and the explanations on how to do things are so poor that it is really only good for comedy value. I give it three stars because it made me laugh, but then gave it two because it made me cry when I realized I wasted my money.
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By tommy on February 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
I began playing harmonica just a year ago, and have become obsessed with it, and have taught myself to play quite a few melodies. The first problem with most of these books is that the focus always seems to be "the blues". I like the blues, but most people are more familiar with pop tunes, and the most important lesson I learned (for teaching yourself) is to stick with songs you know and like. Think about it, if you are very familiar with a tune, you will know a mistake the instant it happens, you will also instantly know when it sounds like it should. Forget all the how-to books and CD's and just get some tabs online from a site such as "harptabs". For those who are not familiar, "tabs" are like cheat notes that tell you what hole to play. (- in front of the number means it's a draw note, otherwise it's a blow note). Wouldn't you rather learn to play Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, etc. instead of learning some song you never heard of? I don't know about you, but I can't learn something that I'm not interested in learning, and I have zero interest in learning "Buffalo Gals" or something like that. Remember, the real goal of the publishers of these books is not to teach you to play harmonica, it's to sell you books, and then more books!
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By Michael S on December 18, 2012
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This isn't much of a book, to be frank, but if you're an absolute beginner in the harmonica, it can at least introduce you to a few concepts and the basics. You might be better off with a different product if you know little about studying music, as this volume presupposes at least some musical training.Ultimately adequate, but lacking in a few areas. Also focuses heavily on folk harmonica for you aspiring blues harpists out there.
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