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About Winslow Yerxa
Winslow has authored the books Harmonica For Dummies and Blues Harmonica For Dummies and writes for David Barrett's teaching site bluesharmonica.com. Other notable writing activities include publishing the magazine HIP - The Harmonica Information Publication, transcribing John Popper's harmonica solos for publication, contributing to Howard Levy's Out of the Box instructional DVD and the Howard Levy Harmonica School, and writing a regular column for Mel Bay's online zine HarmonicaSessions.com.
As a performer, Winslow plays nearly every type of harmonica, in addition to composing, arranging and conducting. Currently he performs with the San Francisco Harmonica Ensemble and Tin Sandwich.
Winslow currently teaches at the Jazzschool in Berkeley, California and co-produces the Harmonica Collective teaching event - see his events calendar on this site for information on the 2018 Harmonica Collective. He has also taught at David Barrett's Harmonica Masterclass and Jon Gindick's Harmonica Jam Camp.
Winslow is past president of SPAH, the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica, which stages an annual summer harmonica festival. He also continues to contribute to the understanding and appreciation of the harmonica through such online forums as Harp-l, the /r/Harmonica subreddit, the Modernbluesharmonica.com forum, and Slidemeister.
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Wail on your harmonica!
The harmonica is one of the most popular and versatile instruments in the world. There are several reasons harmonicas are awesome—you can play them anywhere, they're inexpensive, and you can show off in dozens of musical styles. The friendly and pleasingly tuneful Harmonica For Dummies is the fastest and best way to learn for yourself!
You'll find an easy-to-follow format that takes you from the basics to specialized techniques, with accompanying audio and video content included to make learning even more simple and fun. Before you know it, you'll be playing jazz in your living room and the blues on your way to work or school—and that's just the prelude to mastering classical riffs. That's right, the humble harmonica has graced some of the grandest concert halls on planet Earth!
- Choose the right harmonica
- Enhance your sound with tongue technique
- Develop your own style
- Perfect your live performance
The harmonica is awesome to learn, but even more awesome to learn well, and Harmonica For Dummies will get you on the road from being an occasional entertainer to becoming an accomplished live performer.P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you're probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Harmonica For Dummies (9781118880760). The book you see here shouldn't be considered a new or updated product. But if you're in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We're always writing about new topics!
Breathe the blues into your harmonica!
Blues harmonica is the most popular and influential style of harmonica playing, and it forms the basis for playing harmonica in other styles such as rock and country. Blues Harmonica for Dummies gives you a wealth of content devoted to the blues approach—specific techniques and applications, including bending and making your notes sound richer and fuller with tongue-blocked enhancements; use of amplification to develop a blues sound; blues licks and riffs; constructing a blues harmonica solo; accompanying singers; historical development of blues styles; and important blues players and recordings.
The accompanying audio CD features all the musical examples from the book, plus play-along exercises and songs that let you hear the sound you're striving for.
- In-depth coverage of major blues harmonica techniques
- Blues song forms, improvisation, and accompanying singers
- Information on blues history and personalities
If you're intrigued by the idea of understanding and mastering the compelling (yet mysterious) art of playing blues on the harmonica, Blues Harmonica For Dummies has you covered.
CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of the e-book file, but are available for download after purchase
P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you're probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Blues Harmonica For Dummies (9781118252697). The book you see here shouldn't be considered a new or updated product. But if you're in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We're always writing about new topics!