Learn to Play Blues Harp Harmonica
Modern Blues Harmonica 121: 36 blow octave #1

A lesson on one of the most important tongue-blocked octaves for cross-harping blues players, offered by Adam Gussow of Satan and Adam. The 36 blow octave shows up in Little Walter’s “Juke,” James Cotton’s “Creeper Creeps Again,” and many other places. Gussow is using an A harp. The new blues harp jam tracks CD is available for instant download, featuring Charlie Hilbert on guitar: http://modernbluesharmonica.cerizmo.com/items/23-modern-blues-harmonica-jam-tracks-1 For a series of skill-graded blues harmonica video tutorials and tab sheets, please visit Modern Blues Harmonica: http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com

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25 Comments for 'Modern Blues Harmonica 121: 36 blow octave #1'

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    @andyli123 Andy, …
    @andyli123 Andy, Boiling hot water in a bowl rap it on a towel after blowing an inhalin the notes soak till cool nuff to touch…later,harmonica pete

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Thank you kindly …
    Thank you kindly for your reply. I don’t supose you could could do some more videos on train time blues and rythums.
    Best Wishes

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    An alternate use of …
    An alternate use of this riff is Sonnyboy II, “Too Close Together” slightly different, key of F on Bb harp, second position.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Great playing . May …
    Great playing . May I ask you do you know the song by Sonny Terry called spread this news around . For years now I have been trying to work the harp rythum out .
    Would kindly show us how to play it if possible
    Thanks alot
    Best Wishes

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    It’s not the harp, …
    It’s not the harp, it’s you, friend. 2 hole draw is #*$&ing tricky to pick up at first, a lot of people (me included, at one point) think it’s their harp that’s broken. (I actually went out and bought a new one because I was convinced it was the harp and not me.) Search some of the older posts (try .002) that Adam has and you should find some help on it. On that note (no pun intended) THANK YOU ADAM for WHAT YOU DO!!! I’d have given up on the harp a long time ago if not for you…

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    adam, there’s a …
    adam, there’s a problem with my marine band special 20 C key Harmonica at the 2nd draw, it’s like no sound but with a weird sound like a cow and feel like something it’s stuck inside, so what should i do?

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    I get way more …
    I get way more volume and tone from single note tongue blocking. It just feels more natural to me than pursing. Can bend some too. I have no phrasing, I dont know what to do.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Old Town School of …
    Old Town School of Folk Music, afternoon of Sunday, May 25th.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Adam. where in …
    Adam. where in Chicago and what date. I’m three hrs east of there.MARK

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Hi Adam. Can u do …
    Hi Adam. Can u do some riffs using overblows? i have pulled a couple out of your videos and used them for practice, esp some of yr first pos lessons u did about 9 months ago. thx dude

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Donna great to hear …
    Donna great to hear from you. Chec-out my blog at VINCE JACKSON AS I SEE IT.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    It’s a Sony …
    It’s a Sony DCR-TRV280 NTSC. A pretty basic two-year old model.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    adam, what video …
    adam, what video cam do you use? great clarity. love the vid. donna

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    May be your best …
    May be your best lesson yet. Really enjoyed meeting you in Clarksdale–realized that I am not ready for overblows, but thanks for trying. Just wanted to remind everyone that you will be in Greenwood, SC in July 2008 and I will be there to see you with Mr Satan! Everyone checkout Adam’s lesson 120 for a look at Clarksdale and hey that is really me at the very end sneaking into the frame with a video camera as I film Cool Larry the other guy on stage with Pete from LA.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Well, I’m driving …
    Well, I’m driving up to Chicago in late May and could do a clinic and/or sit in with a band on Wednesday the 21st or Monday the 26th. If you’ve got some pull w/local players (such as the harmonica club), please contact me.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    I suspect someday a …
    I suspect someday a whole generation of harp players will owe a great debt to you. -Greg

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    I love your …
    I love your tutorials! Heck, I changed my mind about learning harp for now, & decided to learn slide guitar instead. But your videos are so good I subscribed anyway. I’d rather watch you than TV any day! You are truly gifted & I mean as a teacher (as a harpist too, of course). The depth to which you analyze every nuance of your playing & the painstaking way you demonstrate every detail from every possible angle, most music teachers can’t do in 30 minutes what you do in a 10 minute video. -Greg

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Another great …
    Another great lesson. any plans on doing a show in Missouri?

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Great lesson Adam, …
    Great lesson Adam, once again this series is right in step with my journey! I’m working with Robert Johnson’s “If I had Posession Over Judgement Day”…all techniques freely work together. I love this!!!


    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    i got bent teeth & …
    i got bent teeth & a big nose + i got a dodgey finger – this really gets in the way of my Harp

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    thank you this has …
    thank you this has been most helpful 4 my octave playing…

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    Good lesson! Great …
    Good lesson! Great subject! I’m pretty much a lip purser and became inspired to tongue block more by your lead. BTW…that riff using the 4-6 holes on Lee Sankey’s “Monkey Lips” sets the bar pretty high for technique.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    For zyxel2 : I …
    For zyxel2 : I pretty sure he does both even if I think he tries to avoid it as much as possible (beginning of whammer jammer for example hole 2 and 3). But anyway it is really usefull I think to know how to use tongue blocking for single note because I think you gain in precision and maybe a little bit in speed as well. Adam will correct me if any mistakes about what I said.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    I do both, but I …
    I do both, but I don’t always tongue block when I’m playing single holes. I don’t tongue block when I’m bending or overblowing.

    March 18, 2010 | 1:37 am

    you’re right Adam, …
    you’re right Adam, tongue blocking is so important. And just like you, too many driver pushed me into it. I don’t think you can master harmonica without mastering tongue blocking ( And even knowing how to do it, you never master the intrument, he’s too small (the harp)). Anyway good lesson because really important on the path to become a top harp player.

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