|Although the harmonica is most
often heard in blues and country music, it is
still quite capable of playing bluegrass lead. Bill Monroe, Flatt and
Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers all used the mouth harp in their bands
or recordings at one time or another.
Here is the tab, notation, and guitar chords to several fiddle tunes often heard at bluegrass jams, and a bluegrass harmonica solo for "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" from my book, Blues and Rock Harmonica to try. This song has been performed by everyone from Woody Guthrie to the Grateful Dead.
Webcam lessons for bluegrass harmonica with Glenn are available via Skype
Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddle Tunes for Harmonica (PDF format)
|Big Scioty||Forked Deer|
|Bill Cheatham||Gold Rush|
|Billy In the Low Ground||June Apple|
|Boston Boy||Ragtime Annie|
|Cherokee Shuffle||Red Wing|
|Clinch Mt. Backstep||Sally Goodin|
|Cold Frosty Morning||Salt Creek|
|Cotton Eyed Joe||Soldier's Joy|
|Faded Love||Tennessee Waltz|
|Flop-Eared Mule||Whiskey Before Breakfast|
Watch YouTube clips of Glenn playing harmonica with bluegrass mandolin legend Frank Wakefield -10/3/07
Harmonica books by Glenn Weiser
Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddle Tunes
Centerstream Publishing (HL 231888)
A collection of 67 bluegrass and old-time fiddle tunes arranged for 10-hole diatonic harmonicas (standard Richter and Paddy Richter tunings), complete with music notation in the original fiddle keys, harmonica tablature, guitar chords and audio files. Here you will find many of the best known traditional tunes in these genres, among them: Blackberry Blossom * Bill Cheatham * Cherokee Shuffle * John Brown's Dream * Breaking Up Christmas * and more. Foreword by Charlie McCoy.
$24.95. 80 pgs.
American Fiddle Tunes
A complete guide to playing fiddle tunes on the 10 hole and 12 hole diatonic harmonica. Contains tips on hand position, playing instructions and techniques, as well as rhythmic patterns for the reel, jig, hornpipe and waltz. Over 100 tunes along with a CD that demonstrates several of the tunes. Ability to read music is not necessary-tab is provided. 125 pages.
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