Hello! Today we'll be playing a long to a blues harmonica jam track. Jamming is a crucial part of a blues harmonica player's practice. Using backing tracks will help you develop musical ideas, technique and ability to listen while playing. It will also help you to start improvising blues harp and putting techniques into practice.
This is a slow 12 bar blues jam track in the key of A. You can use a D harmonica for this track; this means you'll be playing in 2nd position (but don't worry if that means nothing to you - just remember to listen and have fun!)
It's very useful to understand the chord structure of the jam track you are using. This track is a standard 12 bar blues with quick change (IV chord on bar 2) and a turnaround (V chord near the end of bar 12). It's a slow blues track so it's easy to follow the chord changes. Below is the structure for this jam track. Take a free trial of harmonica school if you want to learn more about blues structure or improvising.
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