I’m a guitarist and singer who supplements my (mostly solo) performances with a racked harmonica. I play a fairly basic, bluesy style, mostly in the second-position. I learned from book and CD lessons, and was able to pick things up pretty quickly. But it’s been years since I made any progress.
I’ve always loved the playing of chromatic masters like Toots Thielmans and Larry Adler, and while I realize that kind of playing is probably beyond my reach, I’d like to expand beyond simple second-position blues soloing.
I’d like to increase my fluency at playing single-note melodies exactly, which I have found more challenging than improvising around basic blues riffs. I know there are limits to this when you play a 10-hold diatonic harp. But I was always able to do this early on with other instruments I’ve learned, and I’m finding it trickier with the harmonica.
I need to improve my tongue-blocking, especially when playing single notes. When doing this, I also sometimes have trouble getting a good, tight fit without exerting too hard. I’m wondering if a few in-person lessons would be the best way to improve on these things.
I’m not opposed to DVD or online video lessons, but I think it will be important for me to get feedback on my progress, which would seem to point to one-on-one instruction.
Recommendations and advice are appreciated.