Buddy Greene Amazing Harmonica Playing at Carnegie Hall

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by JP Allen

If you like harmonica, this YouTube video will definitely put a huge smile on your face.

One of my students sent it to me and suggested I pass it on.

Here’s an amazing recording of Buddy Greene playing the harmonica at Carnegie Hall. This will blow you away…

Happy Harpin’,

JP Allen

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  • Jonathan

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    That was great!!!

    I’m saving up to get your course by the way!

    Good luck to you, and thank you for the free lessons via YouTube (that’s how I found you)! Can’t wait to play well!!

    Take care,

    Jonathan

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    • admin

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      Thanks Jonathan. In the first phases of learning make it fun and you will learn to play well.

      JP

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      • Mel

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        Thank you so much for sharing this clip with us all, he is awesome, and as alot of people have sid I never knew sounds like that could be played on the harmonica. I have only just started to learn how to play a month ago. I only hope that I could play like that on day! Thanks for everything and the encouragemnet.
        Mel

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  • Jose

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    AAAAAAAAAWWWSSSSSOOOMMMMMEEEE

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  • Ricky Lien

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    Whoooeeeee! I never thought I’d see a man playing a harp at Carnegie Hall!! Fabulous!
    I’ve bought your Harp course….need to practice daily. But what an inspirational video. Now just maybe one day …. :-)

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  • Eugene Bouel

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    Have seen this performance a long while ago and was still
    blown away by his talent and showmanship.

    Eugene.

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  • steve

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    Brought tears to my eyes! I repeat what Jose said,
    “AAAAAAAWWWWWEEESSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMEE!

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  • Gary Popelka

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    I, too, have seen this video and watched it several times. I bought your course last October (2009) and have a lot of fun with it. I’m still not getting the blues sounds I want, but can get through most songs with tabs. Bending still troubles me, but I will get better. I’ve even got multiple (7) Special 20′s in different keys. You have a great course, I use it, I recommend it. Your follow-up communications are also greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work.

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  • Filipe Mesquita

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    It´s just a question of blowing and drawing…just!!!!…

    Amazing!!

    My congratulations for Buddy Greene.

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  • Hakim

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    I can’t believe it!. Damn Good Mr. Greene!! We all should try to achieve the greatnest of this musical accomplishment. Let’s here more encouraging sounds from Mr. Buddy Greene.

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  • Deb

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    An inspiration … when does he breathe!!!

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  • jAMIE jAMESON

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    Just managed to keep up with Jesu Joy Of Man’s Desiring on a 16 chromatic. Although at 87 my puff with the glissando is a bit suspect!
    Jamie.

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  • Richard

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    I will be 62 in August, I think I might have to breakdown someday and get this course and try to be a harp player for my golden years.
    Awsome video. Richard.

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  • mark

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    awesome!!!! havent picked mine up in couple months but makes me want to right now!!!! jp lessons from internet are awesome!!!!!! i need to purchase more!!!!!

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  • Ray

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    ……………………..RIDICULOUS!!!

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  • alberto

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    AWESOME!!! I’ll keep practising…… someday!!!! I won’t give up!!

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  • Greg

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    Thank you for posting that awesome video! i did’nt know you could reach those notes on the harp, and they were very clear!

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  • Zirus Blackheart

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    Ah thats just excellent :-D

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  • David Brunner(br-oo-ner)

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    I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s amazing what recreation a harmonica can do!

    I wish I was there to see buddy greene play!
    the harmonica is amazing, but the person who plays it is even MORE.

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  • Roger Napier

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    Hi JP,

    I just picked up the harp a little over a mo ago. I’m nearing 64 & love my harp ( Special 20-C). I did not know the harp was capable of making the sounds that Buddy Green made. Thank you for your free daily tips. I hope to get your DVD’s some day. I’ll never be a JP Allen or Buddy Green, but I will be a good harp player one day, thanks to you.

    Roger

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  • Frank Pernice

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    Hi, JP …

    Thanks for the Emails. Very informative and much appreciated.

    I saw the Buddy Greene vidio a few months ago and it just blew me away. I just turned 72 this month and have been playing (fooling around) with the harp since I was 9 years old. I bought your course and am progressing nicely. Now … if I can only learn to over-blow.

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  • Bob

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    Love the Buddy Greene video! I’ll always keep a special place for the late great Terry McMillan, though. Both are great!
    I HAD two chromatics, one being a 64 Chromonica my Dad had owned since his young days in the Army Air Corps and the other a Super Chromonica I bought in my early 20′s. Both were stolen. What a loss! I have a Lee Oskar in A, but it’s not what I really wish I had. When I’m off this lay off (someday !), I’ll buy something nice…I hope. Your website has given me many tips to help me learn correctly. Thanks a lot. When I can, I’ll buy the course!

    Bob

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  • Lukasz T.

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    He is inspiration for all world :D

    i’m not jokeing, i’m from Poland, and when i found him, again i back to learn harmonica. I had it since i was 12, but did not played a lot. anyway, my grandfather plaing all his life, and i tell you something – old generation, from my country, they played awesome as well, and they doesn’t know, how hard tehnique they are playing.

    simply playing, that is all. like Buddy Greene said in his page, he played a lot from ear, not notes. Like my old generation :D

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  • Zack

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    Thanks for the video! I saw this a couple of days ago and it was outstanding! I hope I can play like that one day!

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  • Terry

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    I was sent the video of Buddy Greene at Carngie and can’t get over the sounds and the mastery this gentlemen has with his harmonica. I must have watched this video so many times that I’ve lost count today. I’ve had a harmonica in my chest drawers for over 60 yrs now, I’m 68 and never learned to play it. Now, I’m inspired. He makes it look so easy. What a master of the instrument. Thanks for making it available. I certainly hope he continues to entertain for years to come and I get an opportunity to see him live. I’m encouraged to take it out and see if the thing still can produce a note or sound.

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  • Mel

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    Purchased the course and practicing, learning on pretty much
    a daily basis. I’m 65 and should be able to play well shortly.
    Great video of what can be done. Ordered and waiting im-
    patiently for my special 20. Best of Everything, Mel

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  • Andreas

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    Wow, that REALLY blew me away! Thanks for showing me this video, and also thanks a lot for your free lessons! You’re an amazing teacher, and I really appreciate it, JP. I doubt I’ll ever get as good as Buddy (kinda focusing on guitar), but you have sure encouraged me to keep practicing on my harmonica, and I thank you for that. Take care my friend!

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  • Armando gallarin

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    wow amazing….incredible buddy greene….wow…..i like it.

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  • Phil

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    If that video isn’t an inspiration to keep practicing I don
    t know what is.

    Simply excellent.

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  • Andreas K.

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    Hi JP,

    I got my first harmonica (Hohner Blues Harp MS) 3 years ago from a friend, and have only been struggling with it for a long time, never being able to get real instruction (I live on the Caribbean island of Curacao). I’ve seen the Buddy Greene video 2 years ago, and it was great inspiration, though kind of utopia to me.

    I found out about your lessons 2 months ago, and they helped me improve my harmonica playing quite a bit, apart from getting me motivated again after almost quitting. Your full video package will be waiting for me in Germany in December, when I go back to live there. I’ll also get a Hohner Special 20, if only to see the difference to the Suzuki Hammond HA-20 I have right now; and I promise, I will play it hot!

    Thank you for all the support and inspiration you provide,

    Andreas

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  • Garry

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    Thank you JP for that awesome video. It seems that I am of a similar age to many of your fans (I am 67) and just learning. I am enjoying your daily tips and will buy the complete kit someday when things are a bit better. In the meantime I will keep practising and hope to get much better before I get old!
    Meanwhile, all the best from Down Under.

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  • Jo Barlow

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    OUTSTANDING!!!!!! What a Talent and inspiring video! Thanks!!

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  • Ed Criger

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    JP,

    Thank you for the great video of Buddy Greene at Carnegie Hall, it was highly motivating to me. I’ll keep practicing every day and maybe some day, I’ll be half as good!

    Thanks!

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  • D.Clark

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    J.P.: Thanks for your continuing information.Buddy Greene’s performance was truly amazing! I have your lesson package a month ago, and am just a ‘young’ beginner…( 74 yr old). I am enjoying the harp. I have tried several instruments over the years, Bugle,trumpet,steel guitar, electric guitar,and key board. I feel most comfortable with the harmonica… (no set up required :) !

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  • Tony D

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    Amazing… Thanks for the vid and all you are doing for us learner guys out here!

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  • James Hahn

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    I use to be one of the front row regulars watching Buddy “Lips” Greene play on Riverstreet in Savannah in the late 70′s. Roy “Fingers” Finch and Dr. Love on Bass. Sometimes there I was, and just a few others, watching … I would look around thinking: does anyone have a clue what we are seeing??! Those guys were amazing. Knew I was seeing someone special way back then … miss ya Buddy. Hahn in Florida

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  • Jo Barlow

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    You sent it to me before, and still enjoy listening to it. I’ve got your lessons, and enjoy them, and am catching on to it more and more. Thanks.. for the excellent job. (This Video is a super motivator too!).

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  • David

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    That was great! It’s hard to believe all that came from a harmonica.

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  • Terry

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    JP, thanks for putting Buddy Greene on again. He’s just an inspiration as are you. I’m wondering as a novice, how many years of hard dedication and practice does it take to get to a level like that of a Buddy Greene to be able to play that Overature as well as he does in the video?

    Be honest now. Let’s say I dedicate one to two hours of practice a day, do you think in what life time I have remaining I’d be able to play that song?

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  • John

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    yeah thats great saw it many times

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  • Norma

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    Fantastic!!!! Maybe when I grow up ( 79 Years young) You will see me at the Hall. Thank you for showing so much interest in your admirers and for sharing such fabulous harmonica art.

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  • Linda

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    WOW!!! That is awesome! I started your videos about a month ago. I practice almost every day and I am making progress. I’m anxious to be able to play music that my family and friends can recognize! Thanks for the great link – this was very inspiring!

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    • JP Allen

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      Happy Harpin’ Linda! – jp

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  • Brooke

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    Awesome!!!!!

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  • Albert

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    When i started playing the harmonica people said its a toy for kids. I say to all harmonica fans do not not be discouraged. That video was just extra ordinary. Thank JP for this wonderful program.

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    • JP Allen

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      You’re welcomed Albert. I’m glad you’re enjoying my program. jp

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  • Sirsanto

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    Yeah, but can he play the blues?

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    • JP Allen

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      I’ll bet… whether he touches you on an emotional level will be another question… jp

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  • Rick Carruth

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    Great video. I saw it several years ago when Bill Gather first ran it on one of his specials. Several of the best harmonica players I’ve ever seen were involved with gospel music and never received the recognition they deserved… Just humble people who enjoyed playing and entertaining with their special gifts.

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m glad Buddy Greene is getting some recognition. thanks for your comment. jp

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  • Terry

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    HI JP,
    So glad I sent that video to you. Seems a lot of people have enjoyed watching it and remembering it from past viewing. It’s great to see such a talent and appreciate what one can do with a few notes on a little instrument. Now we need you to put a performance together for us and make it available like this video. I’m sure we’d all love to see you play a full song.

    You never did answer my question previously about the length of time it would take a beginner to achieve a level of mastery that he / she could play at the Buddy Greene or JP Allen levels. Perhaps I missed it somewhere or should do a google on you but you look so young to achieved so much talent at your age. I assume it came easy for you. How long have you actually been playing harps etc. Do you have a background posted somewhere? I’d love to be able to one day play at a level that’s not a novice or beginner but become more professional at playing. Can you give me an idea of how much true dedication it has taken you or a Buddy Greene to achieve your levels of professionalism? Really curious. I played accordian for many years when I was a teenager, so that’s going back a few decades, but I practiced one to two hours a day, seven days a week to get good at it. Now with arthritis etc old age catching up, the fingers don’t move so good but the mouth still works well, The tongue is good and people say, I’m full of wind so I guess i have the essentials to play this HOHNER. As always, thanks for keeping us all up to date and providing the encouragement to continue playing. These clips you put on and the free lessons you provide are a great teaching tool and inspiration to all of us. Thaks so much..

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  • Bill

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    A friend emailed the link to this several weeks ago, which I then posted on my Facebook page. Then, knowing that I had a harp sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get back to it, googled harmonica lessons and found your intro lessons. For the time I’ll have to be happy with your emailed lessons, which I have saved and replay. Looking forward to the day I can afford to buy the whole set.

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Bill, glad you found me! jp

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  • byron

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    Yes I have seen this before but i enjoy it each and every time i see it. I am 73yrs old and learnt to play mary had a little lamb when there was not much to learn to play from at 6yrs old. ihave done a little plating in my high school auditorium but that is as far as i ever went then picked it up 2003 and started to play again for my own entertainment also get the grand childerin but not much interst there. I just learned more songs from yer sight . and have enjoyed your free lessons.

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    • JP Allen

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      Nice going Byron! jp

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    • JP Allen

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      Nice going Byron. jp

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  • Gabriel

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    Wow its just aaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwsssssssssoooooooooommmeeeee
    Hai Budy Green Keep it up
    mind blowing performance

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    • JP Allen

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      Yes indeed. Thanks for your input Gabriel. jp

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  • Danny campbell

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    Great video really entertaining, its true what you say in your lessons about being relaxed,if Buddy had been any more relaxed he would have fallen over and as for confidence, well I thought I was confident .. not compaired to that guy .. to play at carnegie hall in front of all those people, I get nervous playing in front of my family and friends and my mate wants that he and I go out buskin, but thats nothing compaire dto what buddy just did alazing, thanks for sharing JP

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    • JP Allen

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      Right on Danny! It’ll get easier! jp

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  • Dave

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    Loving it! I keep thinking why can’t I play like that then I remember there’s a little more to it that sucking and blowing (the actress said to the bishop!)

    I cannot wait till I’ve saved for your lessons. Until then tucka, ticka…

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    • JP Allen

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      Yea…he’s a mastermind. jp

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  • Steve hall

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    Did you hear he missed a note……erm im joking of course ha!
    when you see/hear people like this play it reminds me a bit of
    the film “crossroads” where steve vai throws down his guitar
    after being beaten by the young lad. well ill keep my “big river”
    i think as no matter how good you get theres always some one
    better. glad to see a lot of people around the world especially
    older ones in their 60s 70s have taken up this pass time.regards to all. Steve Bedfordshire UK.

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    • JP Allen

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      Thanks for the chuckle Steve. jp

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  • Donna Dorn

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    I saw this video about 6 weeks ago and it really lit a fire under me. So much so that I started researching harmonicas and ended up ordering. Haven’t stopped ordering is the problem! LOL I have ordered your course and doing the online course until it comes. Great inspiration.

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    • JP Allen

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      Glad it sparked you Donna. jp

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  • JAMES HANBURY

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    i got back into playing the harmonica to clear and strengthen my lungs from a lung disorder(copd) my lungs are much better and stronger and now i am about to become a busker(street performer)i will be paying for the lessons on may 3rd the free lessons have helped me improve

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    • JP Allen

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      Great news James!! cause for celebration….jp

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  • JAMES HANBURY

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    i can fake o!sussanah and part of beethovens 9th but where can i get the tabs for beethovens ninth to really play it right?
    ps i will be busking in the french quarter from may third on
    busking is street performing i will be playing the harmonica singing and doing some magic tricks !

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    • JP Allen

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      Sounds fun James, have fun busking. jp

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  • Pete

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    WOW!! That’s an amazing demonstration of skill, especially the grace notes (are they called grace notes with a harmonica?). I don’t think I’d ever attempt to play the classics, in fact it has never occurred to me to try, but I’m glad that someone has.

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    • JP Allen

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      An amazing show of skill, and yes, I believe that grace notes are called the same with all musical instruments. jp

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    • JP Allen

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      Amazing huh? jp

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  • Paul H.

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    One word says it AWESOME!!!!!!!!!! Keep them coming. By the way
    J.P. I did what you said and tried that Aquafina and it seems to be working I’m sliding up and down on the harp using minimal
    amount so now when I get there I’ll well be able to get there….
    THANKS AGAIN!!

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    • JP Allen

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      Cool Paul! Glad your having more ease in your playing. jp

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  • rick

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    hey JP, great video. you keep throwing up these video’s, which are great motovater’s, day dreaming of my self doing something like that in the future. i have saved all your email lesson’s and the free one’s you have on you- tube. thats all i can afford for right now. i wish some day i can get your full lesson, i live on a very tight budget. yeah great motivation, love them. first time i seen this one. only been working with the harp for about a month, i have a hohner hot metal c harp. i’ve always wanted to play the harp. but now i’m serious in trying , it’s on by bucket list. thanks for the clip and everything else. rick “lostdawg” johnson

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    • JP Allen

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      Right on Rick!! Glad to hear your getting into it and enjoying the emails. Keep it up. jp

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  • Stanislav

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    Well, think that everyone can go up to this level if he likes playing very much ; and by the way let us people define the word “great”. I think that there are great things in life although rather few; yet at the same time few people are able to see them.. And here goes the term “talented” I think – ” a person who is able to see the good things in life” happy harping

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    • JP Allen

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      Yes, it seems the only limitation is self-limitation… jp

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  • B.J. Tyrrell

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    Wow that was the coolest video ever. Buddy Greene what a talented harpest. Cornegie Hall wow he sure showed them. Thank you so so much for sending this video out. Enjoyed it a lot. bj

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    • JP Allen

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      Glad you enjoyed it B.J. ~ jp

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  • filmare botez

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    Excellent goods from you, man. I’ve understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely excellent. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you are saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still take care of to keep it wise. I can’t wait to read far more from you. This is actually a terrific website.

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    • JP Allen

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      Thank you for your enthusiasm and feedback. It means a lot to me. jp

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  • DANIVAL BATISTA DA SILVA

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    gostaria de saber o preço em reais pois moro no brasil.quero saber qual éo pacote mais viavel para mim . sou iniciante e nao entendo nada de musica

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