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Lee Sankey Blues Harmonica
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Country Blues Harmonica (5) - Extending the Basic Rhythm

Episode 1

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15:59
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Country Blues Harmonica (5) - Extending the Basic Rhythm

Lee shows you how to modify the Sonny Terry style rhythm covered in the first 4 videos to create another signature country variation that opens new possibilities. This 15 minute video is packed with detail and insight that explains how to develop and sustain the elemental bounce of country style harmonica.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced players. You need an A Diatonic Harmonica to play along.

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Country Blues Harmonica (6) - Shaping The Sound

Episode 2

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Country Blues Harmonica (6) - Shaping The Sound

Lee shows you how to enhance the rhythm from Lesson 5 by using tonal variation to add richness, variety and also to create sub-rhythms. You will learn how to shape the sound using your throat, tongue and mouth cavity whilst not chocking the harmonica reeds, so maintaining that elusive rhythmic bounce. Lee also demonstrates how to start using hand cupping and fanning techniques to add another simple but very effective sound to this country blues. A powerful set of techniques and an essential element of country blues.

Suitable for intermediate to advanced players. You need an A Diatonic Harmonica to play along.

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Country Blues Harmonica (7) - Adding Hole 3 Tongue Block

Episode 3

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Country Blues Harmonica (7) - Adding Hole 3 Tongue Block

Lee introduces a signature tongue blocking move on hole 3 used by Sonny Terry to the basic country rhythm. This wonderful technique may have eluded you up to now, but Lee breaks it down into four components to reveal the key details that matter. You will learn how to apply the move without breaking the flow of the overall rhythm. The lesson concludes with a demonstration of all the techniques covered in videos 1 - 7.

Packed with detail and insight. Suitable for intermediate to advanced players with a basic grasp of tongue blocking. You need an A Diatonic Harmonica to play along.

If you are interested in learning more about Tongue Blocking the harmonica, check out Lee's video series on his YouTube channel. 24 videos available for free.

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Country Blues Harmonica (8) - Adding Melody 1

Episode 4

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18:30
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Country Blues Harmonica (8) - Adding Melody 1

Now Lee shows you how to start adding melody to the rhythm elements covered in the last 7 videos. Here we begin to utillise the possibilities of the harmonica which make it such a great instrument to play unaccompanied.

In this episode a 4 note riff which accompanies the basic rhythm is explained in granular detail. Lee explains how to play the riff both Tongue Blocked and Lip Pursed showing the contrast between the two techniques. You will learn how to use tongue blocking to create the rich undertones, which create the impression of melody and rhythm happening simultaneously.

For Intermediate level and above players. You need an A diatonic harmonica to play along. A basic grasp of Tongue Blocking single notes will help. REMINDER: You can watch 'Rented' videos for as many times as you like for 1 year. Just $3!

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Country Blues Harmonica (9) - Adding Melody 2 (Start improvising)

Episode 5

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15:17
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Country Blues Harmonica (9) - Adding Melody 2 (Start improvising)

This video is all about enabling you to start improvising over the basic rhythm. Lee demonstrates this by adding phrasing variation and other twists to the melody from Lesson 8. Three specific combinations are broken down in detail, including adding Octaves which is a great way of fattening the sound. These ideas come together to form an melodic section that is supported by the basic rhythm covered in Episodes 1-7.

Lee discusses the nuances of how to play with tongue blocking as well as how to integrate with the basic rhythm so you can keep the musical pulse going. By the end of Episode 9 you will have a rich set of rhythmic and melodic ideas to improvise with.

For Intermediate level and above. You need an A diatonic harmonica to play along. A basic grasp of Tongue Blocking single notes will help.

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Country Blues Harmonica (10) - Adding Melody 3 (Maintaining Structure)

Episode 6

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17:16
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Country Blues Harmonica (10) - Adding Melody 3 (Maintaining Structure)

Lee introduces a second improvisational section. Some players struggle to keep the structure and rhythm alive when improvising at the same time. In this in depth 17 minute video, you will learn how to maintain a 2 bar structured improvisational space within the basic country rhythm from this series.

Lee also shows you how to use walking and a metronome to understand the beats and help your own practice time. By the end of Episode 10 you will have a new structured improvisational space and an anchoring blues lick. These can be combined with all the ideas from lessons 1-9.

For Intermediate level and above. You need an A diatonic harmonica to play along. You do not need to tongue block to play along. REMINDER: You can watch my 'Rented' videos for as many times as you like for 1 year. Just $3!

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Country Blues Harmonica (11) - Adding Melody 4 (Call and Response)

Episode 7

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19:55
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Country Blues Harmonica (11) - Adding Melody 4 (Call and Response)

This packed episode contains three development areas building from lesson 10. First, learn a riff that adds a 'call and response' structure. Second, Lee provides in depth explanation of how to add expression and variation to get the most from a few notes. Third, learn to apply two signature Sonny Terry style techniques to the same lick. This lesson will give you the grounding to improvise with these elements whilst holding the basic rhythm.

For Intermediate level and above. You need an A diatonic harmonica to play along. You do not need to tongue block to play along. REMINDER: You can watch 'Rented' videos for as many times as you like for 1 year. Just $3!

REMINDER: You can watch 'Rented' videos for as many times as you like for 1 year. Just $3!

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Country Blues Harmonica (12) - Adding Melody 5

Episode 8

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19:51
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Country Blues Harmonica (12) - Adding Melody 5

In lessons 12 and 13 Lee explains one of his favourite 'call and response' riffs to the basic rhythm. This riff will help you combine tongue blocking and lip pursuing, make cleaner jumps between larger hole intervals and also blend chords, single notes and octaves. You will be building the foundational techniques required for more advanced concepts in Series 2. It also just sounds very cool. You can integrate the section with all the elements covered in lessons 1 - 11. Across the two episodes Lee goes beyond simply explaining the notes. He gives in depth explanations about the nuances which make all the difference.

For Intermediate level and above. Basic tongue blocking skills required. You need an A diatonic harmonica to play along. REMINDER: You can watch 'Rented' videos for as many times as you like for 1 year. Just $3!

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Country Blues Harmonica (13) - Adding Melody 6

Episode 9

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18:23
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Country Blues Harmonica (13) - Adding Melody 6

This lesson has two parts. First, learn how to add an octave phrase to the riff from lesson 12. We now have a section that can be used to create 4 bar and 8 bar phrases within the basic rhythm. Second, Lee adds 4 great sounding variations which help you refine transitions between the high and low register and the on-off tongue blocking technique which is so characteristic of rhythmic country blues.

For Intermediate level and above. Basic tongue blocking skills required. You need an A diatonic harmonica to play along. REMINDER: You can watch my 'Rented' videos for as many times as you like for 1 year. Just $3!

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Country Blues Harmonica (14) - Three Intro Variations

Episode 10

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19:53
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Country Blues Harmonica (14) - Three Intro Variations

Time to cover some intro ideas so you can launch into your country blues in style. Lee explains three variations for the basic rhythm. Two are in the style of Sonny Terry, the other is a timing framework which you can use with your own note patterns. Packed with the detail and nuances you expect from Lee's experience.

For Intermediate level and above. Basic tongue blocking skills required. You need an A diatonic harmonica to play along.

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Country Blues Harmonica (15) - Ending Ideas

Episode 11

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19:55
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Country Blues Harmonica (15) - Ending Ideas

In the final lesson in Series 1, Lee takes you through some ending ideas. We begin with advice for not under estimating simple but effective ideas like gradually fading out which are often overlooked. Lee then discusses some basic theory on which notes work well for endings. The majority of the lesson then focuses on two cool melodic phrases of 1 and 2 bars each. The 2 bar phrase will stretch intermediate and advanced players. As usual Lee breaks things down into simple parts and explains the nuances which make all the difference, for instance how to drag a phrase to emphasize an ending.

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