Method for Chromatic Harmonica

by Max De Aloe

This is a very good place to start to learn how to play the chromatic harmonica. It is a very positive step forward and I have deep respect for the author's efforts in this method book.”
— Toots Thielemans

Over 100 more pages added to the original book, including two Toots Thielemans' solos!

FINALLY! A comprehensive method for the Chromatic Harmonica that treats it like a musical instrument in all respects!

  • For beginning to advanced players, in any style of music.
  • Includes a great play-along CD download to practice with. Each track has one version with, and one without, the author playing the tune or exercise.
  • Contains hundreds of exercises to develop technical proficiency in every key, as well as rhythmic awareness and melodic fluency.
  • Exercises written in musical notation, not tablature.
  • Full of tunes to practice, arpeggio studies, scale studies, sight-reading studies, sound production tips, and special harmonica techniques.
  • Spiral-bound, 240 page book plus an hour-long play-along CD download!

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At last a method for jazz harmonica! Max de Aloe's book finally closes a big gap. Well-written and full of understanding, Max's book will be the reference for some time to come.”
— Hendrik Meurkens

Max has written a very profound study book for the chromatic harmonica. It has really useful scale and theory exercises and also a lot of attention for something very important: sound. I recommend this to anybody who seriously wants to play this beautiful instrument.”
— Hermine Deurloo, Holland

I wish to congratulate you sincerely on your method for chromatic harmonica. WONDERFUL! I consider it a precious 'companion' for all harmonicists who seriously want to deepen the knowledge and the technique of this instrument. Bravo, very good job!”
— Willi Burger, Italy

The harmonica is widely regarded as a very simple music instrument or even as a kid's toy. Yet only few people know about the chromatic harmonica, certainly one of the most complicated of all instruments, and its high musical potential which has been proved by artists such as Larry Adler, Jean Toots Thielemans or Stevie Wonder. Now there is finally a method book available which guides the student in easy steps from a beginner's state to the point where he/she can use the chromatic harmonica as a full-fledged jazz instrument ??? well done, Max!”
— Jens Bunge, Germany

In my studies, I could not find many methods to help me. I kept looking for good material. This is a great option for harmonica players on different levels, and musicians in general. Lots of ways are suggested to practice and develop skills. Congratulations Max, for this fine job! I highly recommend this book!”
— Gabriel Grossi, Brasil

Well done Max! No doubt your contribution to the promotion of our cherished instrument the Chromatic harmonica will be significant in helping newcomers discover this amazingly expressive instrument, and for the most persistent ones, to experience the joys of the next level: Jazz improvisation, what we love playing!”
— Olivier Ker Ourio, France

[...] this book is the finest chromatic harmonica method book I've seen, and use mine daily. It is on my most highly recommended list of tutorial material, and I'm sure you'll love it.”
— David Kettlewell, host of Masters of Harmonica

Max De Aloe is a leading figure in European jazz as a harmonicist. With fifteen albums as a leader and over forty as a sideman, he's collaborated with renowned musicians like Adam Nussbaum and Kurt Rosenwinkel. He's won awards including the Jazz It Award and the 2015 Orpheus Award for his CD Borderline. Max is also an educator, running his own music school in Gallarate, Milan, where he teaches various instruments and jazz improvisation. He's authored a Method for Chromatic Harmonica, endorsed by luminaries like Toots Thielemans. He has performed globally, from Madagascar to Hong Kong, and also taught at Milan's La Scala theater academy.