Harmonica Lessons on CD – Press Play and Blow Away – 67 Lessons !
This CD works as a great teaching method:
Whether your aim is to play blues, traditional or country music then this CD will give you a great start. Just listen and learn, as juzzie takes you step by step in a play-full way giving you an enjoyable start to mastering the art of how to play the harmonica.
If you want to play like Juzzie then let him show you how. If you want to jam with Juzzie then let the lessons begin. There are jamming tracks so you get the feel of playing the harmonica while Juzzie backs you up on the guitar.
80 minutes with 67 tracks of handy hints, melodies, blues songs and jamming grooves.
Here is a story of my ‘harmonica life’
I started playing the harmonica at the age of 13yrs and had fallen in love with the bluesy sound that it could create. I knew that I would have to start simple and work my way to that bluesy sound. So my journey began with a cassette tape (what CDs used to be) with some melodies to play to get my lips around the harmonica. I soon learnt that if you play too much your lips go droopy and are sore the next day so I lovingly worked my way to stronger lips and just played for 15 minutes each day and worked my way to 30 minutes.
After a few months of playing I could entertain my friends for hours. My guitar teacher who also played amazing harmonica taught me how to listen to a melody and learn it by ear. This was the start of me becoming my own teacher. The more confident I became with hearing a song and then playing it note for note the more open the world of music became to what ever I felt to learn.
I then learnt that music is like your voice and you can express your own feel through it. Now this is where a whole new level of fun begins as you can take a listener on a playful journey just through being playful with playing what you feel. You could say that the more joy-full you are as a person the more joy-full your music will be to listen to. Vice versa if you listen to sad emotional music this will make you sad and emotional as all is energy.
How I Started Teaching the Harmonica and how this CD was created
I decided to start teaching harmonica at the age of 16yrs to earn some pocket money and ended up with ten student straight away including one of my school teachers.
I had a teaching pattern I had observed through being at school that if you make learning fun and keep it simple to hold your confidence then learning anything is a pleasure.
So over the next 10 years from age 16yrs-26yrs I taught hundreds of people from all ages and walks of life. I really loved to connect with my student and see the joy that music gave them.
I used to record what I was teaching so that my students could go home and listen to there lesson and re-live it. Teaching was a great way for me to learn about what I was playing and how to pass that onto another.
I used to always get my students to jam with me and my guitar as this is where you get the feeling of playing with another instrument. Playing with someone is like a conversation as you connect and share and the feeling will be of joy and not comparison. This was a huge realization I had with music as some musicians like to show off and this feels like the conversation is only one way. I guess what I’m saying here is that it doesn’t matter how well you play something as it all comes back to the joy-full energy you play it in.
Well I could go on for hours about teaching and the amazing journeys I have had through teaching though instead I would like to welcome you to playing along with me and joining in the joy that the harmonica can bring. I’ve created a teaching method called “Press Play & Blow Away”.
This Cd was created when my performing career got to busy and I didn’t have the time for teaching.I still wanted to share the ways of learning the harmonica and this CD has become the key to allowing others to learn without me in person. The way I teach on this CD is the same as I used to teach my one-on-one students. For example I play a track so the listener can hear and get the feel and learn to pay along with me. Then on the next track I play backing with the guitar so we can play along with a rhythm instrument. This way you learn to get the feeling of jamming. I then give a track with just guitar after each song learnt so that you can get used to playing with another instrument. This gives you the confidence to hold the groove yourself so that one day you might play along with a friend.
This method of teaching works so well as it is fun and easy to follow and gives you confidence to play.
I love to play blues harmonica and this requires a good technique. So to play blues I work you through some exercises to allow your lips to get strong and give you some breathing exercises so that you always feel relaxed.
This CD has 67 tracks of my favorite lessons I taught over my teaching career. I chose the most use-full and fun songs to get you well on your way to mastering the harmonica and becoming your own teacher. The harmonica is an amazing instrument and always brings joy into my life. I know it will be an asset for your life as it truly is a pocket buddy.
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