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Wayne D. in the Basement: Playing some Blues and Swing Harmonica

I’ve been asked a few times for this and I had some time alone in the house so I figured I’d play behind a couple of jam tracks. I have had a great time learning to play the instrument and it has made me a bunch of new friends totally oblivious to anything golf, which is a nice break at times. I’ve been playing for about 10 years, and the thing that has helped me most are the lessons I’ve taken from some of the best players in the U.S., including Jerry Portnoy, Dennis Gruenling, Steve Guyger and my good buddy Bret Littlehales (AKA Big Boy Little). The search for improvement is no different for any technique oriented skill: if you don’t get help there’s a good chance you are going to waste your time and effort by not knowing what you need to get better at. I do the majority of my practice while driving (alone) and thus I get at least an hour’s worth every day, which of course is another one of the big keys to getting good at anything. I listen to Blues, Jump Blues, R&B and Swing almost exclusively, as listening to the best is like watching the pros at a Tour event. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the tunes. Happy New Year everyone!
(2 videos – be sure to scroll down to see both)
Swing Shuffle in F:

Blues in E:

5 Responses to Wayne D. in the Basement: Playing some Blues and Swing Harmonica

  1. Phil January 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    Very cool! I’m a bit of an amateur musician myself, but I don’t know anything about harmonica. So you don’t use a harmonica in the key that the song is in? Obviously b flat and A are the fourths in the keys of F and E respectively, so do you always use a harmonica that’s tuned to a fourth?

    Thanks for sharing Wayne, Happy New Year, and thanks for the website and the help.

  2. David W January 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm #

    Hi Wayne, Enjoyed this change of pace from golf and liked the sound. A few years ago I received an unexpected bonus and purchased a Yamaha grand piano. I had no experience but wanted to learn and try. Figured the worse case would be it looks good in our living room. I have taken some lessons and am grinding it out like golf. Always trying to improve. Maybe one day I’ll be good enough to JAM. D

  3. Mark January 2, 2016 at 3:22 pm #

    You’re really good but you need to reduce the gain on your mic it’s drowning out the backing track. I used to be a house dj, can’t play an instrument for shit (unless you count the decks and bongo’s?) but I know my EQ levels.

    Have you heard this guy https://youtu.be/DlDH8zDLHxw

    I saw him live in Bristol a few years back. Just him, a blues harmonica, a few percussion instruments and a loop machine he beat boxes/sings into, awesome. He has some strange views but what a talent.

  4. Mark January 3, 2016 at 7:25 am #

    When I hear the more upbeat stuff you play, it always makes me think it must have been influenced by the sounds of the steam railway. Much like the steel factories of Birmingham (England) inspired Black Sabath to invent heavy metal. The jury is still out about whether we should thank Ozzy and Sharon for that one though?

  5. Mark January 3, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    Any chance you could do something with this tune?


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