- Jon's 2018 Blues Harmonica Jam Camps:
- Sept. 25-29, 2018 (Clarksdale, MS)almost sold out
- February 5-9 2019 (Ventura, Calif.)
- April 23 to 27, 2019 (Clarksdale, MS)
- Sept. 24-28, 2019 (Clarksdale, MS)
Private Video Clubhouse
Welcome to Jon's Private Online Video Harp Club
MAC USERS download this program for easy use of the .wmv videos on this sight. http://www.flip4mac.com
The Foundation SeriesThe Blues Harp Foundation Series is dedicated to helping you master the basics of breathing, tone and embouchure. It will show you how to bend, how to get vibartto, how to articulate notes, how to organize your riffs into the I-IV-V. It is where everyone should start. and where all players should return.
Single Topic Video Lessons The other videos cover other topics or take another approach to the same topics.
Song Series I will keep teaching you songs and adding guitar. I do not tab other harp players work, or tab improvisation.
The Rules: Please do not send the links to other people. However, feel free to download the files to your desk top and burn cds for your private use. Just keep them private. Allowing them to become unauthorized denizens of the internet drone will bring you bad luck, especially in the musical sense.
Jon Gindick's ESSENTIAL Video Foundation Series
For Players of Diatonic Harmonica
Volume I Embouchure and breathing tips that build the foundation vibrato, tone and bending. Why you want to focus on The Foundation, and playing good chords BEFORE playing single notes. Tongue-blocking and Lip-blocking as main embouchures. Dynamics. Air control and exhale rhythm techniqes. This is the lesson that should come free with every harp sold. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/2.%20Foundations%20One.wmv
Articulation and "Clicking" to shape notes and create rhythm. Using hands, bending, tonguing to create syllables and rhythm. Playing from throat. playing triplets. Adding the blues shuffle syllable for extra swing. Your first guitar jam using articulation, tone, vibrato, breathing, etc. Playing the I-IV-V chords on harmonica with guitar. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/2.%20Foundations%20Two.wmv
Volume III As you improve the tone of your chords, learn the Magic Triangle of the I-IV-V, learn to "swing" structure, jam with guitar, and also start chugging. Using chords to express songs. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/2.%20Foundations%20Three.wmv
Volume IV From Beautiful Relaxed, Controlled, Full and Vibrating chords to Beautiful Clear Ballsy Single Notes that you can bend. Focusing on the 2 draw. Lip-blocking and tongue-blocking embouchures. Articulating and note shaping from the throat. Solving problems in tone. Fixing foggy 2 draws. Mastering holes 1, 2, 3 and 4 draw as single notes. Using these single notes and articulation to improvise with guitar.
Volume V Bending holes 1, 2, 3, 4 with good tone. Using the secret method to bend and unbend all three notes in the 2 draw with good tone vibrato, and all four notes in the 3 draw. Developing the clicking muscle. Put bending into simple riffs and jamming with guitar.
Volume Volume VI Muscle memory and riffs. The Good Morning Riff 1d, 2b 2d. Making music out of the riff. Using the Question and answer format. Putting the riff into triplets. Several more riffs including The Up and Down Riff, The 6 Blown Down , and using them to jam with a variety of chord progressions.
Volume VII Gripping the harmonica, acoustic and amplified. Using splits and single notes to get the big amped sounds. Performance of Jon and band using Fender Deluxe aand Green Bullet on "Driftin", minor key blues.
Volume Volume VIII Tongue-blocking and Amped Playing. Working tongue-blocks into your style, working octaves into your amplified style. Jamming with guitar. Plugging octaves in the amp.
Secrets of Great Tone This succinct little lesson was on Youtube, and it will help you open your embouchure and articulate from your throat. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Tone%20.wmv
On Musicality: Here is a new lesson I think you will find real helpful. It's called "Jamming, Musicality, and Memory" and it's for people who are getting the mechanics down but are having problems actually being musical. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Jamming,%20Musicality%20and%20Memory.wmv
On Bending This lesson summarizes and helps get you bending. An excellent lesson to use as a drill. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/bending.wmv
Tone and Bending Workshop
Two additional lessons on the arts of tongue-blocking, and using them with riffs.
Tongue-block Volume I Mixing single notes, chords and octaves and effects with basic riffs to create a variety of shadings.
The Learning Platform Lesson
A Two-Part Jam Along Lesson that gives you a basic approach to improvising on 2nd position. A bottom line thought mode that gets you playing the right notes, even before you understand the I-IV-V.
Volume II http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Improvisation%20II.wmv
I made this 40 minute lesson today after a phone consultation with student/camper, Judi. The lesson helps you learn and use several basic riffs and gives you lots of guitar music to jam with. It helps you understand the concepts of musicial tension and resolution, and also how you can start riffs on almost any note. For C harp. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/riffs%20and%20guitar.wmv
The basics of chord progressions are covered in The Foundation Series, reviewed and elaborated in these video lessons.
Easy I-IV-V Lesson that uses "The Good Morning Riff" to explain song structure.
What's New? This is the space where I post my newest lessons.
Jon and Ralph's Kick Ass Jam Tracks
Here is an exciting new collection of jamming tracks that I developed with musical partner, producer/ musician, Ralph Carter. Actually, Ralph did every thing, and I paid him. The guy is brilliant. Well, now is a good time to plug your mic into your amp, and pull out a few harps and start downloading. Keep 'em in the club!
Guava Java Key of G, for C harp 2nd position or F harp, 3rd position Here's spicy 12 bar based on using the G6th chord. It's called Guava Java, and is available below in windows audio or mp3.
Thrill is Jon, Key of G minor, 2nd Position C harp, 3rd Position F
in the key of G minor. Great for 2nd position C harp, or 3rd position F harp.
Born in Chicago Groove
Key of A, D harp in 2nd position, or G harp in 3rd
Chicago Shuffle, key of C, F harp 2nd position, or B flat 3rd Position
Power Boogie, Key of A, 2nd Position D, 3rd Position G
New York to Memphis, Key of G, C harp 2nd Position, F harp 3rd Position
Easy Swing, key of G, C harp 2nd Position
Slow, Slow Blues, Key of E
20 to 40 minute Harp Jam Lessons in which Jon shows you how to use the riffs he teaches in both 2nd and 3rd position to jam with the Jam Tracks on the "Harp Jam" CD .
Soul Blues Lesson on You Tube, Key of E, Jon teaches 2nd 3rd, and 1st Position
Chicago Blues Shuffle, Key of G
Percussion and Phrasing Lessons
Within these lessons is contained the golden key of engaging and musical harp playing: playing percussively. The lessons in this section will help you develop your percusssive feeling. Esssential for all learning levels.
Play Harp Like A Drum If you can't make music on one note, how is adding more notes gonna help? This 10 minute video lesson explores that concept and helps you get percussion into your muscle memory. Jon will show you how you can articulation and swing hole 2 draw ONLY for minutes on end with varied phrasing ideas and use of rhythm and silence.
Using Percussion on Six Blow Down Riff Get Six Blow down into your muscle memory, and then learn to play it percussively, using it as a phrase instead of just a "riff." Change the last note to create I, IV, or V chords, articulate to change timing and use if a variety a rhythmic situations. What's 6 Blow Down? This riff: 6b 5d 4d 3d* 2d
Using A Metronome This lesson teaches you to use the metronome as a jamming partner. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Using%20a%20Metronome%20metro.wmv
Boogie Beat This lesson teaches you how to improvise harp over a one chord trance boogie. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Boogie%20Beat%20%20for%20A%20%20HarpJam%20Lesson%20.wmv
Using a Drum Machine Use this valuable tool to develop your rhythmic feel. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Drum%20Machine.wmv
Minor Key Cross Harp Minor key music is a big part of the blues. Minor key cross harp is often the best solution to playing an accompaniment or song, like "Summertime." This lesson focuses on the few rules on 2nd position cross harp and lets you play with guitar. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Minor%20Key%20Cross%20Harp.wmv
Guitar Lessons Open G Tuning This lesson shows you how to tune your guitar in open G, and gets you playing the basic I-IV-V chord progression in Open G. Great for beginners.
Harping and Singing
Yes,you can sing. Your voice is an instrument too, and you can learn to use it. The main thing is to learn to sing on pitch, and the means support from your whole body, just like harp. Using your voice to imitaate harp, and harp to imitate voice is great ear training. You can also inter -change between voice and harp, singing a song, playing the riff that takes you to the next chord. Use this lesson to start singing.
Along with speed, I encourage quickness, and fluidity. It all comes from muscle memory and practice techniques.
Introduction to Third Position
Third Position Part II http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/PART%202%203RD.wmv
Third Position Part III http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/A%20minor%203rd%20position%20jam.wmv
"Trouble in Mind" Song and Lessonhttp://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/trouble%20in%20mind.wmv
Tab for "Trouble in Mind" http://www.gindick.com/baNDSONGS/Trouble%20in%20Mind.pdf
Positions 1-6 plus 12 Overview http://gindick.com/bandsongs/Positions%20Overview.wmv
Tab and Notes for Positions 1-6 http://www.gindick.com/baNDSONGS/Seven%20Positions%20Of%20Diatonic%20Harp%20(2).pdf
Non I-IV-V Chord Progressions http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Chord%20Progressions.wmv
More Bluesify Your Melody 51 jamming minutes as Jon shows you how to improvise and bluesify on meodies that are notes in the book. Specifically, you blend riffs with the songs. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/Blueimprov%20123.wmv
Bluesify On Line audio pages http://www.gindick.com/bluesify.asp
Chugging For C harp This lesson is on the elements of train imitation and chugging. Good for all levels. For C harp http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/chugging.wmv.wmv
Bluesify Your Melody Teaser This video demnstration shows you how useful the Book Blues Your Melody is, and why you should order it. For C harp. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/bluesify%20ii.wmv
Punch & Power Add energy and power to your harpin'. For C harp. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/punch%20and%20power.wmv
Tone & Bending Workshop I review embouchure bending articulation and help you bend better. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/tone%20and%20bending%20workshop.wmv
Q and A The idea is to develop your ear as I play simple riffs and bends for the ol' C harp. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/q%20and%20a%20riffs.wmv
Bird on a Wire Original song by Jon, for your A harp. http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/bird.wmv
"The Work Song" in 3rd position for G harp. Do check out my performance with harp,vocal and guitar at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HIE7msmQow .
Be sure to give it the ranking it deserves. Get tab, lyrics with guitar chords in .pdf at http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/worksong.pdf Upload a 14 minute video with performance, slow-motion run-through, with guitar at http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/work%20lesson.wmv
Good Morning Little School Girl Guitar in key of B major, harp playing 3rd position on an A harp. Here's the signature riff I used. http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/good%20morning.wmv.wmv
4d / 5b 4d 4b 3d** 3b 1d 2d* 1d
4d / 5b 4d 4b 3d* 3b
Amazing Grace Lesson and Tab
Midnight Special Performed http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Midnight%20Special%20performed.wmv
Part I http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/1.%20Midnight%20Special%20vol%20I 20mid.wmv
Midnight Special Part II http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/2.%20Midnight%20Specia%20Vol%20II%20mid.wmv
Part III http://www.gindick.com/BandSongs/3.%20Midnight%20Special%20Vol%20III%20.wmv
Midnight Special Pdf http://www.gindick.com/bandsongs/Midnight%20Tab.pdf
Sonny Boy Williamson's "Bring It On Home"
Sonny Boy's "Keep It To Yourself" Lesson and Tab
"Since I Fell For You" Lesson and Tab
"Night Life" Performance
"Summertime"in 2nd Position Tab and lesson that teaches you this bluesy classic.http://gindick.com/bandsongs/Summertime%20Lesson.wmv
"Mac The Knife" Tab and lesson that teaches you this fun song.
"What A Wonderful World" Lesson and Tab and Performance
"Whiter Shade of Pale" -3rd Position G harp. Performance
Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again" -- Low F harp -- Performance
The Glory of Love -- 2nd Position, C harp - Performance
"Little Wing" Guitar Jam Track with no harp, then Jon's Harp Performance using C harp