Learn to play awesome 12 bar blues harmonica solos | Fredrik Hertzberg | Skillshare

Learn to play awesome 12 bar blues harmonica solos

Fredrik Hertzberg, Blues Harmonica player and teacher.

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21 Videos (41m)
    • Why take this course?

    • Section 1: Course overview

    • Section 1: Best practices

    • Section 2: What is 12 bar blues?

    • Section 2: Shuffle rhythm

    • Section 3: Second position on harmonica

    • Section 3: Solo example - second position

    • Section 4: What is a scale? Blues scale outline

    • Section 4: Solo example - blues scale

    • Section 5: Quick primer on chords

    • Section 5: Chord tones for the chords

    • Section 5: Solo example - chord tones

    • Section 6: Passing tones and blues notes, tension and release

    • Section 6: Passing tones and blues notes for the chords

    • Section 6: Solo example - passing tones and blue notes

    • Section 7: The value of repetition and solo structure

    • Section 7: Pauses and rests

    • Section 7: Dynamics

    • Section 7: Solo example - putting it all together

    • Section 8: 12 bar blues variations

    • Section 9: Where to go from here


About This Class

Take the guess work out of playing great solos, learn solid techniques that improve your improvisation skills by 100%!

Playing great solos is probably the most desirable thing for blues harmonica players. It is deceptively easy to begin playing solos but to take it to the next level you need to understand how great solos are built up.

In this course you will learn how to play great blues harmonica solos over the 12 bar blues progression. You will start with very few rules for your first solos and add more musical elements as you become more profficient. Blues harmonica solos can have very free form but choosing appropriate tones that support the chord progression as well as creating tension and release, using repetition wisely, adding dynamics and rests make a big difference in how the solo is perceived.

If you want to become a great harmonica player and play great solos, this is the course for you!

Sign up today to start your journey to becomming a great blues harmonica soloist!

What are the requirements?

  • You should be able to play clean single notes on the harmonica.
  • You need a diatonic harmonica in the key of C major. Read this article for advice
  • Bending skills are not required but an advantage.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Play great solos that support the chord structure of the 12 bar blues.
  • Add elements to your solos that create excitement, such as repetition, dynamics and tension/release.
  • Understand what changes to make to your playing to play lesser comon variations of the 12 bar blues.

What is the target audience?

  • Beginner student who wants to learn to play solos.
  • Intermediate student who already can play some solos but wants to play more musically.






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Fredrik Hertzberg

Blues Harmonica player and teacher.

I have been playing blues harmonica since 1987 and I have been teaching since 2013. I love teaching harmonica and I think with a little bit of training and knoeldge everyone can become better.

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