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From 2005 until 2012 I wrote chromatic harmonica articles for the bimonthly webzine harmonicasessions.com, produced by music instructional publisher Mel Bay and edited by David Barrett. Early installments take the reader through basics of playing the chromatic, while later ones review new models of chromatic, give introductions to playing blues in various keys, and present an progressive series on advanced tongue blocking techniques never written about before. Here’s a complete list of articles, with links to a wealth of free content.


Installment Title: Chromatic for diatonic players
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 1
Keywords: holding, attack simple tunes


Installment Title: Tongue blocking – why?
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 2
Keywords: embouchure tongue blocking shimmer rake slap hammer


Installment Title: Workin’ the Slide
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 3
Keywords: slide change, breath change, hole change slide mechanics


Installment Title: Slide ornaments
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 4
Keywords: slide jab bump dip


Installment Title: The slap and the Hammer
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 5
Keywords: slap hammer embouchure third position


Installment Title: Left Field Embouchure
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 6
Keywords: left embouchure double embouchure


Installment Title: Split Intervals
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 7
Keywords: Split intervals tongue blocking


Installment Title: The Variable Split, Basic Moves
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 8
Keywords: Third position oblique motion parallel motion Aura Lee


Installment Title: Leaping Variable Splits
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players, Part 9
Keywords: Split intervals


Installment Title: Multiple Embouchure – Part 1
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: corner switching tongue switching embouchure


Installment Title: Multiple Embouchure – Part 2: Oblique Motion
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: corner switching tongue switching embouchure


Installment Title: Multiple Embouchure – Part 3: The Moving Fixed Block
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: corner switching tongue switching locked embouchure


Installment Title: Multiple Embouchure, Part 4: The Switched Leap
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: corner switching tongue switching locked embouchure


Installment Title: Multiple Embouchure, Part 5: The Overlapping Leap
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: corner switching tongue switching embouchure


Installment Title: Multiple Embouchure, Part 6: The Pivot Point
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: corner switching tongue switching embouchure pivot


Installment Title: Multiple Embouchure, Part 7: The Outside Shift
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: corner switching tongue switching embouchure pivot


Installment Title: Blues Chromatic in B
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: blues B I IV V


Installment Title: Blues Chromatic in the Sharp Keys, Part 2
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: blues B slide


Installment Title: Blues Chromatic in the Sharp Keys, Part 3 – Key of E
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: blues E I IV V slide


Installment Title: Blues Chromatic, Part 4: Key of A
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: Blues A I IV V slide


Installment Title: Blues Chromatic, Part 5: Key of D
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: Blues D I IV V slide


Installment Title: Blues Chromatic, Part 6.1: Blues in D with the Big Chord Approach
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: Blues D tongue block hammer slap rake shimmer


Installment Title: Blues Chromatic, Part 6.2: Blues in D, more of the Big Chord Approach
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: Blues D tongue block hammer slap rake shimmer


Installment Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players: Blues Chromatic, Part 7: Combining the Big Chord Approach with the Slide
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Chromatic Roundup Review, Part 1
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: Seydel Saxony, Bends Tonica, Suzuki G-48 Gregoire maret


Installment Title: Chromatic Roundup Review, Part 2
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players
Keywords: Hohner CX-12 Jazz, 270 Deluxe


Installment Title: Chromatic Harmonicas In Alternate Tunings – Why? Part 1
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Chromatic Harmonicas In Alternate Tunings – Why? Part 2
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Windsaver Valves, Part 1
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Windsaver Valves, Part 2
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Hand Cupping & The Slide – Part 1
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Hand Cupping & The Slide – Part 2
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 1
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 2
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 3
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Review of 14-Hole Chromatics, Part 4
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Keep that Slider Slidin’- Part 1
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Keep that Slider Slidin’- Part 2
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players


Installment Title: Keep that Slider Slidin’- Part 3
Series Title: Chromatic for Diatonic Players