Howard Levy – New Directions For Harmonica: Expanding Your Technique

Jul 31 2016

Howard Levy – New Directions For Harmonica: Expanding Your Technique

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.

Language: English
Year: 1992
Country: USA
Running time: 90 min
Quality: DVD5
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

Howard Levy - New Directions For Harmonica: Expanding Your Technique

Howard Levy – New Directions For Harmonica: Expanding Your Technique

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  1. non knox /

    nice job, very good tutorial

  2. ozzymbs /

    can you get any other harmonica downloads besides just this one?

  3. ozzymbs /

    Thanks Admin….I’ll keep a look out for it.

  4. jerry /

    so when you think you might can get those new harmonica vids

  5. socalex /


    Thank you so much!

  6. uchhoc /

    OOohh… Thanks Admin :rockin:
    Do you have of chromatic harmonica?

  7. bobmarl37 /

    Need more stuff like that thanks

  8. Kovacs /

    Awesome!!Thank you so much..

    I hope for new harmonica tutorials.
    Admin, have you heard about the JP Allen method for harmonica? Thank you, bye bye.

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