- Jon's 2019 Blues Harmonica Jam Camps:
- Sept. 24-28, 2019 (Clarksdale, MS)
- April 21 to 25, 2020 (Clarksdale, MS)
Cross Harp Songbook: Bluesify Your Melody book and cd
If you are serious...
Cross Harp Song Book & Cd:
Bluesify Your Melody
The World's 90 Most Recognizable Folk, Gospel, Blues, Patriotic, Children's and Holiday Songs Tabbed and Played in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 12th Positions...with a 73 minute Cd Song Teacher that plays each song for your C harp.
From "Shenadoah" to "Silent Night", "Amazing Grace to "Wabash Cannon Ball," almost every harmonica song becomes bluesy when you play it in 2nd position in cross harp because Cross Harp accents the more expressive draw notes of the diatonic harmonica.
The draw notes are the power notes, the notes you can bend. They are also more difficult.
Challenge yourself to get good at bending with this book and Cd.
Develop your ear by learning songs you already know.
Bluesify Your Melody book and Cd package is both training manual for harp players, and a resource of songs and ideas that will last a lifetime. Beginner's will enjoy the easy 1st position versions of the songs.
Blues players will find it's a reality check, and it will stretch their abilities working out of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 12th position tab. Some songs like "Amazing Grace" are presented in 1st position, second position, and 12th position. Who would have guessed 12th position is easiest? Like minor key music "In the Pines" is presented in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th positions, "House of the Rising Sun" is presented in 2nd and 3rd positions. This book is an encyclopedia.
Thing is: this notation going to ask you to bend, and it is going to challenge you to get good at bending. You may want to add my "Tone & Bending Workshop" CD program to the package, and I have added it at a good dicount in the options on this page.
Learning the songs presented in this book will make you a master of cross harp melody and position playing. It will make you a better jammer because you'll have a better ear.
Plus-- this stuff is fun!
I Mixed Americana Taps, Shenandoah, Clementine, Polly Wolly Doodle, Bill Bailey, Frankie and Johnnie, Oh Susanna, Old Folks at Home, God Bless America, Take Me Out to the Ball, Game America the Beautiful, Star-Spangled Banner, Camptown Races, John Henry, Peggio, Cripple Creek
I I Real Folk Blues Man of Constant, Sorrow Little Maggie, Catfish Blues, Parchman Farm, In the Pines, House of the Rising Sun , Baby Please Don’t Go, Sportin' Life Blues, When Things Go Wrong, St. James Infirmary, Motherless Child, Cocaine Blues, Banks of the Ohio, Tom Dooley, Pick a Bail of Cotton
III Kid’s Cross Harp
How Dry I Am, Skip to My Lou, Old MacDonald, Hey Ho, Nobody Home, Hush Little Baby, Shortnin' Bread Twinkle, Twinkle, Froggie Went a Courtin', I’m a Little Teapot
IV Cross Harp In Love
Scarborough Fair, Wildwood Flower, Jamaica Farewell, My Sweet Baby’s Arms, Summertime, The Cruel War Is Waging
V Train Songs
Coming Around the Mountain, Working on the Railroad The Train I Ride On. Wabash Cannonball I Know You Rider Nine Hundred Miles Freight Train
VI Go West, Young Harp Player
Yellow Rose of Texas, The Streets of Laredo, Red River Valley, Git Along Little Dogies, Abeline, Lilly of the West, Home on the Range Ol' Texas
VII There’s A Meeting Here Tonight
When the Saints, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Amazing Grace, Wade in the Water, Somebody Touched Me, Row Your Boat, Lonesome Valley, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Fairest Lord Jesus, Kum Ba Ya, I Am a Pilgrim, Rock My Soul, Can the Circle Be Unbroken?, How Can I Keep From Singing?, Worried Man Blues, Sowing on the Mountain
VIII Holiday Harpin'
Jingle Bells, Oh Come All Ye Faithfu,l Deck the Halls, The First Noel, Joy to the World, Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne, Away in the Manger, Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen