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The Harmonic Minor Tunebook: One Hundred and One Tunes for the Ten Hole Harmonica in Harmonic Minor Tuning Paperback – September 1, 2012
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After searching for music done on the HM harp I landed on Pat's website, which led me to buy his book. Pat's book does an excellent job showcasing the different songs that may be played on the Harmonic Minor harmonica. The beginning of the book gives an overview of the harmonic minor diatonic harmonica. He uses the Lee Oskar (in A) specifically, and I'm not sure if the Hohner HM is tuned precisely the same. After that, the book is organized into two sections: the first half is full of songs that can be played without bends (which is great for me, since I'm new to the harmonica); the second half is full of songs that require bends. There's a very nice variety of songs, and each is listed with the country of origin, as well as a brief description of the origins and historical significance. I felt that added some nice value to the book. There are songs from the British Isles, Scandinavia, Near-East, Russia, and everywhere in between.
While I haven't bought any music books in many, many years (long-time guitarist/keyboardist here), I thought the book was a tad pricey. However, given that it's independently-published and somewhat of a 'specialty' product I am still happy with the price/product ratio. What makes the deal even sweeter is that you can download clips of the songs on Pat's site. I find this an absolute MUST when reading from sheet/tablature without any notion of what the song is supposed to sound like.