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Hal Walker

Hal is a singer, songwriter and musical explorer. Hal Walker, the educator, enjoys ongoing collaborations with Ohio arts organizations. Hal has also released 3 albums of his songs and one CD of instrumental music. Hal Walker, the multi-instrumentalist, composes and improvises on the guitar, piano, harmonica, the khaen, jew’s harp and concertina. In collaboration, he has developed a modern version of a traditional African instrument called a “Banakula.” New! Hal Walker harmonica lessons for beginners, click: Music That Fits in Your Pocket

How to Play Jingle Bells on Harmonica in 5 Steps (Steps 1 to 3)

By Hal Walker ~ JP Allen at invited me to create a short video to teach the holiday favorite, Jingle Bells.  Being the guy that I am, I turned that short video into a 5-part instructional series called “The Five Steps to Jingle Bells.”  This free (Youtube) series very simply lays out the Hal Walker method of learning [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Beat-Boxing With Brandon Bailey

By Hal Walker ~ It was just about this time last year that I was packing up for my first SPAH convention in Dallas, Texas. Over the course of about four days, I interviewed 16 unique harmonica players from around the world. Each interview included a lesson of the players choice. In this blog, I offer to you the [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Learn This Beautiful Harmonica Hymn With Filip Jers

By Hal Walker ~ This Swedish hymn is the perfect place to start. Begin by just humming along with the melody. Then learn the blows and draws of the song with big solid chords. When that’s mastered, figure out the single notes — write down the harmonica hole numbers. (I like to circle the numbers that are draw and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Learn Classic Harmonica Songs With The Sardo Brothers

By Hal Walker ~ How many songs do you know by heart? How many of those complete melodies can you hum (with the bridge)? How many of those tunes can you play on that old (or new) harmonica of yours? Phil and Tony Sardo know thousands of melodies and continue to do their part in keeping those great melodies [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Easy 12 Bar Blues On Harmonica With Carlos Romero

By Hal Walker ~ Jammin’ blues artist, Carlos Romero and Hal Walker break down the 12-bar blues into the most basic form in order to give it away to you. Just wait ‘till you hear this kid from Florida wail! Ever since my band, Voyage from the Porch, broke up back in 1990, I’ve been a solo performer. Most [&hellip... Continue Reading »