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Books, Sheet Music & Media
Even in the loudest musical group, there's simply no mistaking the unique sound of a harmonica. If you ever wanted to play this one-of-a-kind instrument, you'll have no problem finding instruction to guide you. These days, harmonica instruction can be found under a wide range of titles and volumes. Whether you're interested in playing blues staples, country and western standards or even classics by The Beatles and Bob Dylan, the harmonica instruction for you is waiting right here in these pages.
So the question is, what style of harmonica would you like to learn and how would you prefer to learn it? This section has instruction available in the form of books, book/CD pairings and even DVDs. If you're new to the instrument, check out the Hal Leonard Play Harmonica in One Hour DVD. Hosted by professional musician and harmonica player Bobby Joe Holman, this may very well be the clearest and easiest instruction available for learning the basics of the mouth organ. From folk to country to blues, you'll have the basics of each style down pat by the end of this best-selling DVD.
Mel Bay is another music education publisher that specializes in top-notch harmonica instruction. One of their most popular volumes is the Mel Bay Blues Harmonica Method, Level 1 Book and CD. Created specifically for C and A major diatonic harmonica use, this lesson teaches great sounding blues licks and will also give you a better understanding of phrasing concepts, 12-bar blues theory, vibrato, shakes and tongue blocking. Additionally, the CD includes each harmonica part (that is noted in the book) with accompaniment music.
Along with the beginner lessons mentioned, there's even harmonica instruction for experienced players: hitting the stage or studio sometime soon? You'll love the Mel Bay Gig Savers: Harmonica Microphones Book. Regardless of your skill level, music tastes or harmonica type, harmonica instruction is very easy to find for anyone who wants to make music with this early 19th century free reed wind instrument.