05 Oct The Joy of Harmonica Playing for Guitarists
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As one who has had a lifelong passion for making music on a harmonica, I can wholeheartedly say that this versatile instrument serves as an ideal companion along the musical journey.
As an artist, I know that the harmonica generously opens up new vistas for creative exploration, right in the palm of your hands! This sweet and amazing instrument adds energy, depth and soul to music. And for the guitarist, all it takes is a neck rack, also known as a harmonica holder, to readily enable you to play the harmonica along with playing your guitar.
As a composer, I marvel at how “instrumental” the harmonica is in coming up with hook lines and making melodies. It’s a natural resource that sparks creativity! I’m thrilled to see an increasing number of guitar players globally, along with other kinds of musicians, realizing that the harmonica is a great collaborator in the process of coming up with catchy hook lines and unforgettable melodies, and enhancing one’s artistry overall
I fondly recall the time when a studio session musician wrote a very heartfelt letter to me some years back, thanking me for the fact that my Lee Oskar Harmonicas System essentially gave him, in his words, “a whole new career!”
If you are a guitarist, but new to the harmonica, you will quickly discover that this wonderful instrument will become your “new best friend!” Playing the harmonica is virtually as easy as breathing itself, while at the same, offering endless possibilities for creative expression. It’s so simple yet so wondrously complex in its infinite variety.
If you are already familiar with the harmonica, then you may continue to experiment with the wide array of genres and styles that can be played by using the standard or altered tunings for Lee Oskar Harmonicas, available in many different keys. Check out all of the different genres that can be played based upon which harmonica tuning is used:
Standard Tuning — Lee Oskar Harmonicas – Major Diatonic
Lee Oskar Harmonicas – Melody Maker™
- R & B
- Ska Music
Lee Oskar Harmonicas – Natural Minor
- Hip Hop
- minor Blues or Rock
- R & B
Lee Oskar Harmonicas – Harmonic Minor
- Eastern European
To help guitarists of all kinds, levels, genres and styles readily incorporate harmonica playing into their music, I have created an easy-to-follow set of educational resources, known as the Lee Oskar Harmonica QuickGuide system, This system features Lee Oskar signature harmonicas in different tunings, supported by a step-by-step educational website, www.leeoskarquickguide.com, which offers video instruction and other easy-to-follow support tools to help master harmonica playing.
Check it out and see how this system can open up new avenues for your guitar playing!