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Rock n' Blues Harmonica: A World of Harp Knowledge, Songs, Stories, Lessons, Riffs, Techniques and Audio Index for a New Generation of Harp Players Paperback – February 1, 2000
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"Jon Gindick is one of the world's foremost teachers of blues harmonica." BB King
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The first thing you'llnotice is the revised edition is huge. With 226 pages the 8 ½ x11-inch book dwarfs the first edition while sporting a new cover,bigger print, and a binding that allows you to lay the book down whilepracticing without fear of it closing. Not to mention the 74-minutejamming CD, which features tons of examples played over a loopingblues chord. With this edition Jon also goes into greater depth onseveral topics making the revised copy a must, even if you own theoriginal. "The instruction covers almost every topic in harmonicaplaying, and yet continues to focus on the skills a beginnerneeds," said Jon...
Jon began playing 30 years ago while workingat a packing plant. The Beatles had overtaken America, includingJon. He played along with pop music on the radio searching for thesounds of the harmonica. His first taste came from Rod Stewart whoplayed the riff on My Boy Lollypop, followed by John Lennon'splaying. This later lead to the blues, with influences Little Walter,Sony Boy Williamson and Big Walter Horton. Soon after he startedplaying frustration set in. "I didn't understand cross harp for thelongest time. Getting it, and the sound, was a revelation,"remembers Jon.
It was with that cross harp revelation that hewanted to write books. In 1977 Jon sent his book off to the publisher.Months passed and he still hadn't heard anything; a phone callrevealed that they had lost the book.Read more ›
Back to the point, I would go so far as to guarantee that if you simply play along with the CD and skim the book, just spend about 20- 30 minutes a day, you will MASSIVELY improve in skill. And the harmonica sounds really damn good on the CD- which makes you try harder. You want to be that good. Oh- Learning to Bend the notes on holes 2 and 3 takes TIME. I still can't hit them all when I need to.
But I can jam along with my favorite tunes by Mandrill, The Clash, The White Stripes, and many others... I feel like I have bounced months ahead in 2 weeks' time!
I don't know about or own any other 'teach your self blues harp,' guides, because this one is working so well I haven't felt the need to purchase another. I enthusiastically reccomend this without reserve!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the book just fine and it was money well spent.
It's a good introduction to playing blues in second position. Read more
Good book. If you master or at least get a handle on each step as it appears, you will learn a lot. take it slow and easy, let the muscle memory and info. sink in.Published 3 months ago by steve adams
I love it. I know a couple things about music from playing guitar for many years and now I want to blow the harp, too. Read morePublished 4 months ago by OJimmyMackStormBoogie
A definitive guide to mastering the harmonica. Teaches you theory and techniques that will help you become a great harpist.Published 6 months ago by wendy
Perhaps some value to a total beginner. But even for that, as others have noted, he uses this psuedo caveman narrative which gets in the way of giving the information. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Set
nice book and cd, i played by ear for yrs, nice to havee some knowledge as well... the cd, i can play on my laptop ran thru my fender amp and the harmonica too, sounds greatPublished 9 months ago by Adam Cottingham