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Harmonica World is distributed six times a year at the beginning of February, April, June, August, October and December. It is delivered free to all NHL members.

The magazine usually has between 36 to 40 pages and provides tuition, interviews with harmonica players, information about all NHL events and contests, some world wide events, blues and jazz jams, people of interest, CD and book reviews, technical and repair information, news and material about anything related to the harmonica. You can help write it and we print it. It also includes advertisements and can put you in touch with suppliers of goods and services who are hard to discover. The material submitted is filtered for relevance, the availability of space, and editorial policy.

Copy deadlines are the end of February, April, June, August, October and December. Contact Roger Trobridge for queries about the magazine, and Tony Cresci about advertising in it.

Here are the music files & internet links referenced from Harmonica World magazine:

Harmonica World IssueMusic Files

April/May 2014
David Barrett - Introduction to Blues Chromatic - Part5
Here are links to music files in the article. Example One, Example Two, and Example Three, plus a short 12 bar jamming track for these examples. If you would like to have a full-length version of this track to play with, it comes from David Barrett's Blues Harmonica Jam Tracks & Soloing Concepts #2.

Steve Shaw
This music file contains both tunes - Keefe's and The Clog - from Steve's magazine article, each played through once. He used Tombo Band tremolo harmonicas in D and G, switching over for the second tune.

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Feb/March 2014
Larry Adler
Here is a link to the the Larry Adler Page, and to the Fishko's Files about Larry with Robert Bonfiglio and Humphrey Burton.

Steve Shaw
Here are links to the two tunes in his column in the February magazine,
Tommy Bhetty's Waltz by Noel Battle from his CD, Up And About In The Morning, with Noel on tremolo and Roisin Broderick on concertina. The second tune is Morgan Magan, played by Steve Shaw playing a G tremolo harp and Martin Frith on fiddle. It was recorded in the St Kew Inn, in Cornwall, playing in a pub session. There was little rehearsal involved, but they were obviously having fun!

Cham-ber Huang and his CBH Harmonica
Here's a link to Cham-ber Huang in his workshop in 1972, talking about the design production of the CBH.

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Oct/Nov 2013
Steve Shaw
Here is a link to the two tunes in his column in the October magazine,
Ger the Rigger and Bill Sullivan's Polkas, played by Steve Shaw on harmonica with Martin Cole on guitar. This is from their CD, Blowing through the Reeds.

Magazine News Section
Here are links to the articles linked with Joe Filsko
in the News Section of the magazine.
Joe Filisko: Lessons From an American Harper by Boris Hardl.
How a gang of harmonica geeks saved the soul of the blues harp by Ben Marks.

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Aug/Sept 2013
Liam Ward
Here is a link to the Anders Ericsson article on practicing discussed by Liam in his article on Page 22.
The Role of Deliberate Practice in the Acquisition of Expert Performance

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June/July 2013
Steve Shaw
Here is a link to the two tunes in his column in the June magazine,
Johnny O'Leary's Polka #1 and #2, played by Steve Shaw on a D harp.

Liam Ward
Here is a live track, Before The Devil Knows I'm Dead, from the Elias T. Hoth concert described by Liam in his article on Page 14.

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April/May 2013
Steve Shaw
Here is a link to the two tunes in his column in the April magazine,
Planxty Irwin and Si Bheag Si Mhor, played by Steve Shaw, unaccompanied. Brendan power has done a version of Si Bheag Si Mhor, on his CD, New Irish Harmonica.

Cheng Jang Ming
Here are three short audio clips from the radio interview between
Michael Oliver and Tommy Reilly on the BBC in 1979.
Transcribed by Jang Ming in the February and April issue.
- The first illustrates colour, tone and vibrato.
- The second looks at well written works for harmonica
including James Moody, Malcolm Arnold and Villa Lobos.
- The third shows harmonica does have an affinity with
the voice - illustrated by Stravinsky.

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Feb/March 2013
Steve Shaw
Here is a link to the two tunes in his column in the February magazine,
The Barren Rocks of Aden and "Waiting for the Federals", played by Steve Shaw on his double sided Echo in D/G, recorded in his local pub just before Christmas 2012.

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Aug/Sept 2012
Steve Shaw
Here are two tunes to use with Steve's column in the the August magazine about playing by ear. The first one Planxty Fanny Power, written by O'Carolan in the 18th century is simple, unadorned and unaccompanied. The second Brendan McMahon's Reel is more of a challenge at first sight, with a bit of ornamentation and variation thrown in by Steve and with a "distracting" guitar backing. Both tunes have a simple structure with similar-length A and B sections which are repeated. The first is played through once and the second one twice. Read the magazine article on learning by ear and try to learn the tunes without looking at notation. It's perfectly permissible, desirable even, to put in your own ornamentation and variations, within the spirit of the tunes. Fanny Power requires a Paddy Richter G harp if a 10-hole harp is used and Brendan McMahon's requires a D harp (Steve used a low D).

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June/July 2012
Steve Shaw
Here's a link to the two tunes in his article in the June magazine,
"Out on the Ocean" and "Boys of the Town", played by Steve Shaw
using his ancient G Suzuki Bluesmaster, Paddy Richter tuning!

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April/May 2012
Jang Ming
Jang Ming recorded a recent concert in Singapore.
You can view the video here

Steve Shaw
Here's a link to the two tunes in his article in the April magazine,
"Stack of Barley" and "Little Stack of Wheat",
played by Steve Shaw himself using his new Tombo Band tremolo harmonica in G.

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Feb/March 2012
David Quantick
David put together this radio broadcast about music performances which included harmonica solos for the Radio 4 program Front Row, Thursday 24 Nov 2011. He then agreed to write the article, based on it, for the magazine, Page 8. The link is for educational purposes.

Steve Shaw
Here's a link to the two tunes in his article in the magazine,
The Dashing White Sergeant and The White Cockade,
played on tremolo by Steve Shaw himself.

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Dec/Jan 2012
Brendan Power
Brendan wrote in his column in this issue about his growing interest in Chinese music.
Click to hear his version of Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower), played on a modified Suzuki Promaster.

Steve Shaw
Here's a link to one of the two tunes in the article, The Trip To Cullenstown, played by Noel Battle, who is just brilliant. It is the second in his set of two.

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June/July 2011
Steve Shaw - Two hornpipes
The written music for these examples is included in the magazine article.
Click to hear the music for
The Home Ruler followed by Kitty's Wedding.
The music is played by Steve Shaw (harmonica)with Gwyn Lloyd (mandolin) and Dave Perrett (fiddle) at the St Kew Inn. Steve's harmonica is a low D diatonic in paddy Richter tuning.

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Feb/Mar 2011
Steve Shaw - Two hornpipes
The written music for these examples is included in the magazine article.
Click to hear the music for
The Rights of Man followed by Off to California.
The music is played by Steve Shaw (harmonica)using
a G Suzuki Bluesmaster tuned to Paddy Richter.

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Dec/Jan 2011
Steve Shaw - Two tunes by Turlough O'Carolan
The written music for these examples is included in the magazine article.
Click to hear the music for Carolan's Welcome
Click to hear the music for Carolan's Draught
The music is played by Steve Shaw (harmonica)
and Martin Cole (all other instruments).

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Oct/Nov 2010
David Wright - Harmonic and Rhythmic Improvisation Pt2
The written music for these examples based on
the melody of Georgia on my Mind
is included in the magazine article.
Click to hear the music for Fig 1
Click to hear the music for Fig 2
Click to hear the music for Fig 3

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Aug/Sept 2010
Cheng Jang Ming - Sound of Harmonicas - HAS
Here is a YouTube video of Jang Ming playing a Chinese violin classic
Sunshine In Tashkurgan in the concert programme performed
at The Esplanade in Singapore, 8 June, 2010.
Here is score of the piece in Sibelius
and harmonica/piano music and the harmonica solo music
in Acrobat format, as discussed in his article
in this issue of Harmonica World
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June/July 2010
Steve Shaw - Playing Reels
Here is the straight version followed by a more swinging rendition.
Click to Hear the Concertina Reel Examples
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Dec/Jan 2010
David Wright - Harmonic and Rhythmic Improvisation
Click to hear the music for Fig 1
Click to hear the music for Fig 2
Click to hear the music for Fig 3

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Oct/Nov 2009
Steve Shaw - Two jigs in Scorch format
Click to see and hear the music for Eavesdropper (jig)
Click to see and hear the music for Pet of the Pipers (jig)

Please tell us what you think of displaying music like this.
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June/July 2009
Cheng Jang Ming - Playing a Counter Melody
No Place Like Home/Home Sweet Home
Click here to see and hear the sheet music from his article.
Click here to download a pdf file of the music in the article.
Click here to see Cheng Jang Ming perform this tune
at the Douglas Tate Memorial Service in 2006.

Steve Shaw - Down in South West of Ireland
Click to see and hear the music for Cuil Aodha Slide

Please tell us what you think of displaying music like this.
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Feb/March 2009
Irish Tunes
Steve Shaw's tuition audio
Three Reels - 1.4MB

This track has the three reels mentioned in his article in Feb 2009 issue of Harmonica World - Mary Staunton's, Brendan McMahon's, and Flax In Bloom.

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Aug/Sep 2008
Irish Tunes
Steve Shaw's tuition audio
Over the Moor to Maggie - 4MB

The first rendering of the tune is unaccompanied and slower than usual to show the ornaments. It is followed by a version with his son Tim on guitar. They play the tune through twice, at the speed they'd perform it in a session and they include the variations mentioned in his article in Aug issue of Harmonica World.

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Jun/Jul 2008
Irish Tunes
Steve Shaw's Trip To Durrow

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Apr/May 2008
Irish Tunes
Steve Shaw's Hornpipes

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Aug/Sep 2007
Irish Tunes
Steve Shaw's Polkas

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Jun/Jul 2007
Irish Tunes
Eleanor Plunkett
Connaughtman

Hora Staccato
Hora Staccato solo score(Sibelius)
Hora Staccato score (Sibelius)
Hora Staccato score transposed
Hora Staccato score transposed
Harmonica World IssueMusic Files

Feb/Mar 2007
Meditation

To accompany Cheng Jang Ming's article(Feb/Mar '07 magazine) on 'Meditation': All material copyright Cheng Jang Ming or Douglas Tate
'Meditation' played by Douglas Tate & Chris Collis
Piano & harmonica parts in the key of 'D' (PDF format)
Piano & harmonica parts in the key of 'F' (PDF format)
Solo part for Jang Ming's edited harmonica scores in the key of 'F' (PDF format)
Information on the 'Thais' opera from which Meditation comes
'Meditation' score in Scorch format

Here is a digitally compressed video of Steve Dooley's successful submission for his Grade 3 exam at NUS. Click here to watch it. It is 5MB in size. You can save it and play it when you want.


Oct/Nov 2006
Article

Chang Jang Ming's full article on 'How to Assess A Chromatic Harmonica': Download

June/July 2006
Music Clips

Dror Adler's Classical Project

Dance of the Hours

Pomp and Circumstance March #1

Read how it was done in this extract from Harmonica World

Feb/Mar 2006
Music Clips

Douglas Tate website

Video of Douglas playing GNL


Dec/Jan 2005/06
Music Clips

Pufferbillies

Chestnuts On An Open Fire by Rob Paparozzi


Oct/Nov 2005

Links

Check the Band In A Box page

Music Clips

After You've Gone
(you need Band In A Box to view this file)


Aug/Sep 2005
Music Clips
Listen to Johnny Stafford's playing of this well known tune from the BBC series, "Dixon of Dock Green", from his LP "Twenty Harmonica Greats", MFP 4156601. Click here

Listen to Tommy Morgan play on the Hollies 1969 hit "He ain't heavy, he's my brother". Click here

The music for both these pieces is written out in the tuition section of the August/September magazine, pages 28-29.

Check out the Sam Hinton website. Sam's fantastic CD was reviewed in this month's magazine, page 26.
Click the links below to hear some examples of this great folk diatonic player:
Pufferbillies
Oh Dear, What Can The Matter Be

Jun/Jul 2005
Tuition
Phillip Achille plays Ashokan Farewell. Key of G. (Right-click on the link & select 'Save Target As..')

Visit the composer's website, where you will also find his midi file in the key of D, with piano accompaniment.

Music Clips
Mickey Raphael (page 26) playing on Georgia On My Mind (Right-click on the link & select 'Save Target As..'). Played on a F harp in the key of C.

Listen & watch Julian Jackson playing on Strictly Dance Fever (page 9).

Internet Links
Orientango (page 9) by Roland van Straaten can be downloaded from this website: Orientango. Played on a Lee Oscar harmonic minor harmonica in the key of Ab.

The article on Charles Leighton (page 6) can be found here.
April/May 2005Click to hear Jim Hughes playing on pussy footing with The Gaffer and Nazza (Uncle Frank). (Right-click on the link & select 'Save Target As..')

Jig Jazz
Ray Preston Making Whoopee

Tuition page
Right-click on the link & select 'Save Target As..':
Original Sonny Terry clip
Sonny Terry example 1
Sonny Terry example 2
Feb/March 2005Here is the midi file for the Mozart Concerto on Page 26.
and the link to the complete music score
Dec/Jan 2005Midi files for the Christmas music on Page 26.
"Unto us a Child is Born",
"The Holly and the Ivy", and
"Good King Wenceslas"
Oct/Nov 2004Midi files for The Lark in the Clear Air on Page 27
Here is Ernie Gordon's fine version of
The Lark in the Clear Air (1MB)
June/July 2004Pat Missin plays Exercise 2 on Page 27
April/May 2004Pat Missin plays Exercise 1 on Page 26
Feb/Mar 2004Here is the moothie music on Page 27
Scale in C - click here
Fairy Lullaby - Basic - click here
Fairy Lullaby - Full - click here
Dec/Jan 2004In Dulce Jubilo music on Page 19
Maddy Prior singing In Dulce Jubilo
from A Tapestry of Carols, SAYDISC 366
Available from Griffin Records (UK),
and www.qualiton.com (US).
June/July 2003Figure One, Stella Artois music on Page 27
Figure Two - Exercise One
Figure Three - Exercise Two
Figure Four - Stella Artois in the key of C
Video of the Stella Ad (4 MB)
used with permission of Stella Artois
April/May 2003 Sam Hall music on Page 27
Sam Hall - performed by Mat Walkate, Seamus Curley
email Mat Walklate for info on this CD (6)
Feb/Mar 2003 Amazing Grace music on Page 24

In order to make the magazine interesting for readers, the harmonica community, including the club members, is invited to submit tuition or music examples with sound files where possible. All material should be in the public domain or accompanied by the appropriate legal permission to allow publication without copyright infringement of any sort. Space is often limited, so material might not always be used, but the editor likes to have a choice. Text should be PC machine readable, and images should use proprietary formats. Text can be cut and pasted into an email, or sent as an attachment.

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