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Big Walter Horton’s “Easy” (piano & blues harp)

A brief sample of what I’ve been working on while not making religion videos.

This is my first blues harp video using two techniques new to me: a method of playing called “tongue-blocking” (as opposed to “lip-pursing”), and using a mic with effect pedals.

Gear details:
Harmonica: “A” Marine Band (playing cross-harp / key of E)
Mic: Shaker Mad Dog
Pedals: Ibanez AD9 Analog Delay and the Lone Wolf Harp Attack.
Amp: Pignose 7-100

My inspiration for learning these new techniques comes from (1) “Hill Country Harmonica” (a harmonica workshop I went to one weekend in May 2011 in Mississippi), and (2) a 40-second section (10:50 – 11:30) from Adam Gussow’s video “Harmonica Madness 2: Clarke, Norcia, Guyger, stagecraft, and the Bucks County blues”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEX6QRmhTO4

Link to tabs (as of July 2011, available for a *steal* at $2 for the tabs and $5 for the instructional video): Adam Gussow’s http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com/blues_harp_lessons.html

Link to John Grylls’s performance of “Easy” (which I used as the background track at the end of this video): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyb6O3_bEuQ

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Performed on piano & blues harp by Todd Allen Gates, author of “Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer” and “Hunting, Gathering, & Videogames.”

My three YouTube channels:

http://youtube.com/user/ToddGates – my musician channel

http://youtube.com/user/ToddAllenGates – where I discuss the ideas in “Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer”

http://youtube.com/user/ToddAllenGates2 – where I discuss the ideas in my book “Hunting, Gathering, & Videogames” (such as “Why do we have to work?” and “Why do we have to use money?” and “How should we define ‘success’?”)

For customer reviews of “Dialogue with a Christian Proselytizer”: http://www.amazon.com/Dialogue-Christian-Proselytizer-Allen-Gates/dp/1601450893/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257014762&sr=8-1

Link to eBook: http://booklocker.com/books/2739.html

Link to free PDF excerpt: http://assets.booklocker.com/pdfs/2739s.pdf

For customer reviews of “Hunting, Gathering, & Videogames”: http://www.amazon.com/Hunting-Gathering-Videogames-Allen-Gates/dp/1601450443/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1257014863&sr=1-2

Link to eBook: http://booklocker.com/books/2672.html

Link to free PDF excerpt: http://assets.booklocker.com/pdfs/2672s.pdf

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