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Lee Sankey
Design Director, Song Writter and musican
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Late last year I decided to make some of my intructional videos available for purchase on Vimeo's on demand platform. Thanks to everyone who has supported this move. As you may know my first series has been on Country Blues Harmonica and the complete course is now available. You can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Harmonica Thinking
Lessons 12 and 13 from my Series 1 on playing Country Blues Harmonica are now available to buy on Vimeo. These two lessons work together and explain one of my favourite call and response phrases. It has a lovely gospel, happy feel. It's also a lovely phrase to work with in building instensity into a country blues rhythmic piece. Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2014 at Harmonica Thinking
Here's a new tune I just posted online. It's inspired by my girlfriend's baking and has a country blues vibe. If you are interested in learning this style of harmonica remember to take a look at my Country Blues Harmonica Series 1 on Vimeo. Thanks for all the continued interest... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Harmonica Thinking
Just uploaded the next lesson in my series 1 on Country Blues Harmonica - Lesson 10. Thanks to everyone who is purchasing and watching my videos on Vimeo. In lesson 10 I try and tackle something that throws a lot people as soon as they start adding licks and improvisation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2013 at Harmonica Thinking
Just finished two new video lessons for my Country Blues Harmonica Series 1. Episodes 8 and 9 are available now on Vimeo. Just $3 each. A big thank you to all that have been following the series so far! These new lessons explain how to start adding a melody to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at Harmonica Thinking
After posting numerous harmonica lessons to YouTube over the last few years, I'm very excited to launch my first set of lessons to buy online. The topic is Country Harmonica Blues and as with my YouTube Lessons the series will be growing organically over the coming weeks. If you are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Harmonica Thinking
After 24 videos (is really that many?) I'm putting my in-depth series on harmonica tongue blocking on pause for a while. There's more to cover but feels like the right point to move onto another topic. Thanks to everyone who has been watching and posting comments on YouTube. The reaction... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at Harmonica Thinking
Haven't posted in a while. It's been a crazy and wonderful few months. I came across this fascinating passage from a recording of Carl Twister Steward interviewing Wille Dixon in 1986 talking about Big Walter and Little Walter. Dixon describes the extent of Big Walter's direct influence on Little Walter's... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2013 at Harmonica Thinking
A date for your diary if you're in the UK. On Tuesday the 25th of September I will be playing my first live show since 2004 at the Bottleneck Blues Club in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. I rarely play live these days. When I do it's normally at Sam Hare's excellent... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
I've recently added 5 more videos to my tongue blocking series on YouTube. Subscribe here if you want to be notified when I post a new video. In this set of videos I explain 4 blues phrases in detail which I then combine to make a 12 bar sequence. The... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
London Harps was treated to a fantastic live performance and Q&A session by Steve Weston and Paul Garner on Wednesday in the little upstairs bar at The Blue Posts. I love the idea of people wandering around China Town looking for noodles and peking duck clueless that some serious blues... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
No doubt most of you out there will know the fine work of David Barrett and his site Safe to say Dave has lifted the bar for learning the harmonica online and with lots of other content such as interviews with modern day masters, his site is more than... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
The long time running London Harps meet-up is continuing to put on the occassional workshop and event. Paul Lamb played for the group last year and just last month American harp player Adam Gussow put on a workshop for delighted fans. We plan to have some wonderful players appear during... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
I've added new tutional videos to both my Critical Bending Exercises and Tongue Blocking series on YouTube. The two videos are related and provide a way to practise and then play the first 3 notes on draw 3. I start with a couple of exercises in this video. I have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
Last Saturday I had a bit of a video tutorial spurt and posted 3 to my YouTube channel. I want to start with this one which uses whistling to help explain how to start bending notes using the throat. Trying to explain how to bend is notoriusly hard, I certainly... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
Hi Brian, Thanks for watching. No mystery here, I haven't uploaded the next video yet. My latest is on critical bending exercises. Idea to help people improve their bending which is crucial to play the low register. I've started organising my videos into Playlists on my YouTube. This should help people locate certain themes and topics in the future. I never planned to upload so many videos. Cheers, Lee
Quick post. Looks like I will be appearing at the Harmonica Masters Workshops in Trossingden, Germany in November 2012 hosted by Steve Baker. Already looking forward to it. I will be presenting a seminar on my Brainstruments research as well as playing in one of the evening concerts. More details... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
Just uploaded the next installment in my video tutorial series on Tongue Blocking. Having covered a lot of ground on holes 4 and above in 2nd and 3rd position we have now arrived at the point where we can begin to consider the bottom register. Playing the low register of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
Dale in America recently contacted me on YouTube about the way he holds the harmonica. Hang on, do I sound like some kind of agony aunt? Don't answer that, err anyway, I found his question interesting because like me he plays the harmonica upside down, that is to say low... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
O.k I've already posted this on my two other blogs but I'm excited about this, plus I started this blog to charter my book writing journey, it, like the book, has since evolved into something else... So my big news is that Brainstruments is mentioned in the current issue of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Harmonica Thinking
The magic of Christmas was in the air last week at Sam Hare's blues jam at Alley Cat in Denmark St, London. People looking forward to making the best of the season's holidays normally help create a festive, if laid back, atmosphere. After this troubled year though, those feelings were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2011 at Harmonica Thinking
Merry Christmas to you! It's been a crazy year in so many respects. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to taking a break. In my world that means playing more harmonica. Yesterday, I had a bumper video recording session and made 3 connected episodes for my series... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2011 at Harmonica Thinking
My latest video on Tongue Blocking continues bringing the techniques covered so far altogether. Here I'm using 3rd position again for an exercise that starts simply and develops to something that will challenge some advanced players. Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Harmonica Thinking
Glad you like them Jimmy, have you tried the Powerbender?
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure to play again with my ex-guitarist Matt Schofield and his band who have gone onto take the world by storm. Matt played with me for several years and appears on my debut album "My Day Is Just Beginning". He was special then aged only... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2011 at Harmonica Thinking