Bluegrass Harmonica for you!
Learn The Orange Blossom Special the easy way. All the parts demystified and tricks revealed - including the harp swapping technique.
I'll give you all the tab and many backing tracks.
Have you ever come across a tune you can’t play? It’s too hard, too fast, too energetic…me too.
For me, the Orange Blossom Special is one of those.
However a student wanted to learn this so I set about preparing a course to make it possible for you to play this piece – and here it is.
In the course we go through the whole thing – except improvising, and I’ll do more on that soon.
You will be able to play the whole tune and also the chord section.
This is a Bluegrass or Country fiddle tune and one of my favourites. I heard Charlie McCoy playing it in Germany a few years back and always wanted to make it available for my students!
Very often they will play in E using an E harp for most of the tune adding an A harp for the bridge.
Or F and Bb is another coupling.
The higher harps have shorter reeds and you can play faster with the enhanced response.
As most people have a C harp I’m using just that for this course. If you have an F (high or low) that would be the other harp in the couple.
Check out versions by :
Mike Stevens & Raymond McLain - 2007 - Orange Blossom Special
Klezmer Company Orchestra presents Spirit of America: Gershwin & Copland. Randi Fishenfeld and Teresa Flores perform "Orange Blossom Special" during the Klezmer Company Orchestra's Spirit of America Concert, June 28, 2009.
Ben Hewlett is passionate about teaching people like you how to play the harmonica really well.
He works hard using his teaching skills to figure out how he can help you get better as a player, understand more, have more fun, and he hopes you will enjoy sharing his love of the harmonica and music in general.
He has attracted 30,000 on-line harmonica students with 46,000 courses purchased and has nearly 5 thousand Youtube subscribers showing nearly 2 million views. They can't all be wrong!
Ben is the Chairman of HarmonicaUK - the community for UK harmonica players
He has been a full time Professional Harmonica Instructor since 1995
Ben is a qualified harmonica teacher and was awarded the Accredited Diatonic Harmonica Teacher Certificate in 1993 - HTAB (Harmonica Teachers Accreditation Board, supported by Lee Oskar Harmonicas, HarmonicaUK and the International Harmonica Organisation)
Ben is a qualified music workshop leader and was awarded the Certificate of Music Workshop Skills (Goldsmiths University of London) in 1995
Ben is a qualified music teacher and was awarded the Certificate of Teaching - Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 2002 (CTABRSM)
He is lousy at speelling - getting worse actually, so do tell us if you see a typo pleese.