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How to achieve valved bends and integrate them into songs

with PT Gazell

Focus and refine your valved-bending technique with PT Gazell, master of the half valved diatonic harmonica! Learn to use valved bends, emotional shading, and apply those techniques to the tunes “My Romance” & "Sugar"

Instrument Harmonica

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  • 10 lessons by the master himself!
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Level
intermediate
Course Length
10 lessons · 50m 24s

PT Gazell has earned his position as a master of the diatonic harmonica. After years being the sought after side man and session player for some of Nashville's greatest, PT Gazell discovered half valving and his music literally soared to new heights.

In this course, you'll learn to master valved bends on the harmonica and practice using them in songs.
Specifically, PT explains:

  • How to focus and refine your bending technique
  • Practicing your valved bends with tons of hands-on practice exercises (with downloadable PDF's)
  • Using the emotional shading that's made possible by the Gazell method
  • Playing in 5th position minor as an alternative to 3rd position minor
  • Using valved bends in a song - you'll learn a jazz blues tune called "Sugar" with head and solo

PT is a truly inspiring harmonica player and a great educator. Grab your Gazell Method key of Ab half-valved harmonica and let's go!

If ever you need assistance, you can contact PT directly using our tutoring feature on this page!


Lesson Plan

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How to focus and refine our bending technique

Getting our heads around valved bends

Another half-valved bending exercise

3 valved bending exercises

Using both valved and non-valved bends to explore the entire instrument

Using a valve blow bend inside a melody (My Romance)

5th position minor as an alternative to 3rd position minor

Learn the head of the song “Sugar” in 5th position minor

Learning a solo for “Sugar” and how to play the full song

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Are you stuck with the course? Do you have a burning questions or want some feedback?

Get in touch and:

  • Ask a technical question
  • Request a custom video
  • Send a recording for feedback
  • Schedule a live video lesson

PT Gazell

PT Gazell has earned his position as a master of the diatonic harmonica. After years being the sought after side man and session player for some of Nashville's greatest, PT Gazell discovered half valving and his music literally soared to new heights.
 
No other player combines his phrasing, melodic style, song choices and improvisational abilities… his singular style may draw comparisons to Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Louie Jordan, Ben Webster, Sweets Edison, Tiny Moore, Wes Montgomery, but in the end, it is a style all his own.
 
Using his own signature model instrument, the Gazell method diatonic manufactured by Seydel, PT proves that the harmonica is capable of much more than what most of us believe.
 
Dig It!
 
You can contact PT directly for 1-on-1 tutoring, or check out his selection of courses to learn half-valving from the master himself.
 
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