Howard Levy – New Directions For Harmonica: Expanding Your Technique
Jul 31 2016
Transform your diatonic harmonica playing and discover the world of chromatic harmony without having to buy or learn a new instrument, as Howard Levy gives you the secrets of his remarkable technique. Levy has developed a method for diatonic (Blues) Harmonica-playing that encompasses every note in every key, opening up the possibilities of the instrument into the worlds of Jazz, Latin and Classical music. Learn how to use bends, overdraws and overblows accurately to play a full chromatic scale.
After explaining and demonstrating the principle modes, Levy guides you through his own exquisite arrangements of jazz standards Autumn Leaves, Sweet Georgia Brown and Rhythm Changes.
You’ll learn music theory, exercises and invaluable techniques to help improve your playing. Howard gives advanced harpists exciting new skills, and players of all levels will gain insights into the broader potential of the Harmonica.
Howard’s remarkable technique is probably the biggest physical innovation on any instrument since bottleneck slide guitar or the plunger over the trumpet bell. For now, his discovery that “all the notes” do in fact live inside the diatonic harmonica remains largely unsung.
Even though Howard is a virtuoso, there really is something here for everybody. With humility, patience and a vintage 80’s shirt that would make Bill Cosby’s sweater collection blush, Howard thoroughly lays out everything you could possibly need to know about how to play every note in the twelve-tone scale in all three octaves of a diatonic harmonica. (Each octave requires a slightly different technique, which is part of what makes Howard’s playing so amazing.)
Howard’s explanation of modes (and how a harmonica is just “a piano with only white keys”) is an outstanding introduction to the subject for ANY musician, although some less esoteric examples of the mixolydian (cross-harp) and aeolian (natural minor) modes might have proven more accessible for beginners. The circle of fifths is also well-presented.
This is not quite an introduction to harmonica. But even for novices, Howard’s choice of what to show you when is laid out very thoughtfully. And of course his playing on “Autumn Leaves” and “Sweet Georgia Brown” is impeccably lyrical, listenable and empathetic to his piano accompaniment. A real treat for all musicians at all levels.
Running time: 90 min
Video: MPEG2 NTSC 29,9 fps 720х480 4:3
Audio: AC 3, 2 ch, 448 kbps, 48,0 KHz
Booklet: Yes (PDF)
Size: 4.3 Gb