by Jerry Portnoy. 3-CD box set with with instructional CDs & accompanying book is a comprehensive & easy-to-use lesson on how to learn to play the harmonica. Portnoy, who's been in the Muddy Waters & Eric Clapton bands, realized other instructional materials put all of the explanations into the text of a book, and the accompanying sound reference consisted only of playing examples, so Jerry put everything on the CDs so you don't have to switch back & forth between the two. He starts at the very beginning on how to hold the harmonica, all the way to milking special sounds & effects out of the harp, and finally includes blues guitar jams to play along with.
The best blues harmonica instruction ... bar none!
Blues Revue Magazine
Head and shoulders above any other harmonica instruction kit...the best in the business.
Real Blues Magazine
I had purchased and aggressively used all the top-rated blues harp instructional products (including those available at Amazon), avoiding Portnoy's because of its relatively high cost. Mistake! It's not that the other materials are not worthwhile. It's that Portnoy's CD set is where I should have started.
This is by far the best most comprehensive blues harp course I've ever ordered. He explains in detail methods that are glossed over by others.This is the real deal, step by step.
CD TRACK LISTING:
2. Holding the Harmonica
3. Chord Rhythm
4. Tongue Blocking
5. Changeover Scale
6. Syncopating Chords
1. Intro to Bending Notes
2. Bending Techniques
3. Bends With Syncopating Chords
4. Bending Exercises
5. Upper Register Blow Bends
1. Breathing and Diaphragm Attack
3. "Saints" - 5 Positions
4. Boogies - 3 Positions
5. Mics, Amps, and Playing With a Band
6. Closing Remarks