Two excellent resources I’m currently enjoying are 90s Hip Hop, especially at the moment A Tribe Called Quest, and Yvonnick Prene’s excellent book of 100 Patterns for Chromatic Harmonica. You know all of those guys that did in the 90s what’s sometimes called jazz rap knew their bebop (and often sampled it). It sounds crazy, […]Read more "The Power of Listening"
I’ve always found soundcloud a somewhat unwieldy platform for listening, although it is great for putting stuff up onto. But just lately I’ve been listening to an interesting podcast for underground artists called Remote Listening that solves that problem for me by pulling together a wide range of independent artists. Contributors range from punk and […]Read more "A Podcast of Note"
I don’t spend a lot of time worrying about licks; it’s not the way I was taught jazz, but occasionally it is a useful concept, and specific licks are well worth transcribing or working out (then ideally promptly forgetting until they drop into your playing naturally). The first one is so famous it is simply […]Read more "Three Great Licks"
It’s been a slightly difficult summer for me, with some ups and downs, but one thing that has really sustained me is my students. It gives me so much motivation in my playing to know that there are people depending on me for tuition, and I really enjoy working with them. I think the main […]Read more "My Lovely Students"
It’s been an eventful day in sunny Brighton. After dodging the Lido grand opening, I sped into town to see a man about a harp. Second hand harmonicas have many pitfalls, but he assured me it was new, and after a visual inspection I decided it was worth a punt. It’s given me a much […]Read more "Second hand harps, Cherokee and naked twister."
I’ve been trying out a new toy: a Lee Oskar Natural Minor in G. I like it a lot. Adding one of these harps to your kit gives you some of the versatility of a chromatic harp, but in a blues harp friendly package. To test it out I dialled up a minor blues playalong […]Read more "Have You Got The Feels?"
Here’s what one of my students said about their recent lesson: “Just wanted to thank you for the great harmonica session the other day. I learned an awful lot and it was very enjoyable! Best, G.” Hit me up if you want to play. It’s got to be one of the most fun instruments to […]Read more "Testimonial"