#LearningProject : The First Few Attempts
As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to begin my learning project by learning the harmonica rip for Angus and Julia Stone’s “Just a Boy”. So, I did a search on Google and found two useful resources.
First, I found Harptabs.com, an online community where anyone can add or search for the harmonica bits of well-known songs. I was able to find the harmonica bits for “Just a Boy”, and was delighted to see that the difficulty was relatively easy. The site also includes useful information in addition to the musical notes, such as the key and harp type. I tried to play along to the notes, but was struggling to get the rhythm down. To help me with this, I found my next resource.
I was able to find this tutorial video on Youtube. The video has been useful as I get to hear the harmonic bit in slower form to help me understand the transition between notes. The notes for the song are also included in the description, which is a convenience as I don’t need to have two different windows open at the same time.
In the song there are two different harmonica parts, and I have spent some time playing along with the video to the first part. I am going to make a video of this, so stay tuned to hear what I can do so far!