How to practice playing a blues scale in cross harp | Easyharp Tips

 

Dear blues harmonica friends, today I suggest you a way to practice playing a blues scale in second position , also called cross harp, paying attention to time division and rhythm. Here below you find tablatures images with exercises transcriptions to play with your blues harmonica: as you can see, the sequence of the notes is almost the same, also time is the same (I suggest you 60bpm); what changes is the way to play those notes, based on different divisions of the time. At the end of this page you also find a Youtube link to Easyharp channel where you can listen how to correctly play all these exercises (played with a C harmonica).

These exercises are also an example of how are written the Easyharp Tabs, “advanced tablatures” for blues harmonica. First volume of Easyharp Tabs is available in the Tabs section of this website.

Easyharp blues harmonica tabs notation is quite simple: in these examples you find draw holes written up and blow notes written down, but pay particular attention to the correct time division when practicing (bars, quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets…) and to the bending notation: each apostrophe ( ‘ ) means bending a half step (so “ means bending two half steps, that is a whole step). Each bar includes also the chord of the blues progression that we are playing: in this case I (first degree) means that we are playing on the tonic chord.

Happy practicing! And have fun!
P.D.

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blues harmonica lessons

blues harmonica lessons

blues harmonica lessons

blues harmonica lessons

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