Jazz Harp

Jazz Harp

by Richard Hunter
Jazz Harp

Jazz Harp

by Richard Hunter

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Overview

(Music Sales America). Until recently, jazz has been an idiom largely neglected by harp players, for several reasons. First, there haven't been many players with the technical ability needed to play modern jazz, and until very recently, most people with that ability were interested exclusively in classical styles. In addition, the harp itself is not designed in a way that makes jazz easy to play. Jazz requires a smooth, legato attack, and accents in a jazz line can fall on any part of the beat. It's hard to play the harp legato because of constant breath shifts, and even harder to accent freely. That's why some very skilled harp players have said that they doubt that it's possible to play jazz on the harp. Richard Hunter doesn't agree. He majored in music at Harvard University before working with a variety of jazz and rock bands. He says of Jazz Harp : "It was meant to inspire harmonica players to reach for the same goals as their counterparts on other instruments." Music, exercises, theory, and technique in the jazz and pop styles of Stevie Wonder, Toots Thielemans, Tom Scott, King Curtis, and others are included in this book/CD pack, along with note-for-note solos for chromatic and marine band harmonica.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825602290
Publisher: Music Sales America
Publication date: 01/01/1992
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.37(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction5
How to Use This Book7
A Few Things About Chords9
Harp Notation13
First Steps: R&B Sax
Tom Scott: Raised on Robbery14
Analysis14
Harp How-To16
Raised on Robbery17
Bending exercises18
Arpeggios18
Scale exercise19
Supplementary Discography19
Structure in Jazz Tunes20
Other Forms in Jazz21
The Master at Work
Toots Thielemans: What Becomes of Your Life24
Analysis24
What Becomes of Your Life26
Supplementary Discography27
Cool Time
Miles Davis: So What28
Analysis28
Harp How-To29
Chromatic scale29
Chromatic pattern--minor thirds30
Circle of fifths patterns30
So What31
Supplementary Discography34
You Don't Have to Be a Star, Baby
Mike Turk: Old Man Adams35
Analysis35
Harp How-To36
Old Man Adams37
Swing Harp Roots
The Harmonicats: Harmonica Boogie40
Analysis40
Harp How-To41
Scale exercises41
Alternating thirds41
Harmonica Boogie42
Blue Saxophone
King Curtis: Honky Tonk45
Analysis45
Harp How-To46
Bending exercises46
Honky Tonk48
Supplementary Discography54
Rocking Sax
King Curtis: Ridin' Thumb55
Harp How-To56
Transposing57
Pentatonic runs58
Ridin' Thumb61
The Hottest R&B Harp
Stevie Wonder: For Once in My Life; Creepin'; Please Don't Go65
For Once in My Life67
Creepin'68
Please Don't Go69
Supplementary Discography70
The First Great Jazz Soloist
Louis Armstrong: West End Blues71
Analysis71
Harp How-To72
West End Blues73
Supplementary Discography76
A New Style in Marine Band Solo
Richard Hunter: Winter Sun at Nobska77
Analysis77
Winter Sun at Nobska79
Supplementary Listening83
A Slightly Pre-Bebop Blues
Charlie Christian: Gone with What Wind84
Analysis84
Harp How-To85
Gone with What Wind86
Supplementary Discography88
Modern Harmonica Technique89
Basic Techniques and Their Applications89
Tongue Blocking and Puckering: Pros and Cons92
Limits to Harmonica Technique92
Avant-Garde Techniques for Chromatic96
Notes on the Exercises97
Marine Band Exercises99
Overblows101
Fourths102
Extensions103
Sixths104
Sixths in double stops105
Breathing exercises105
Chromatic-Harp Exercises107
Scales--major and harmonic minor109
Arpeggios112
Whole tone scales120
Augmented triads121
Diminished scales122
An Interview with Toots Thielemans123
Bibliography125
Jazz History125
Jazz Technique125
Classical Styles and Techniques126
The Art and Technique of Harmonica Playing126
Discography127
Albums Used for the Transcriptions127
A Few Harp Albums of Uncommon Interest127
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