Blog: Harmonica Articles


Harmonica Tutorial: Mellow Down Easy by Little Walter

By Alex Paclin ~ Hi everybody! In this tutorial I made a big accent on the sound and the nuances Little Walter uses. Here we go through the intro which is a repeated pattern and the solo. The tabs for it are down below. Here’s the tabs for Mellow Down Easy, how it is on the record. In another [&hellip... Continue Reading »

The Top 7 Reasons People Quit Playing an Instrument

By Jaine Rodack ~ WHY WE GIVE UP SO EASILY… The top seven reasons people stop taking lessons or playing an instrument There are a million reasons why people start something and don’t follow through, whether that something is following a diet, getting a degree, or accumulating wealth. When it comes to learning how to play a musical instrument, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Carlos del Junco, Jazz-Blues Harmonica Fusion

By JP Allen ~ Carlos del Junco is an international multiple-award-winning Cuban-Canadian harmonica player. He plays chromatically on a 10-hole diatonic with his high-energy styled overblow technique fusing together blues with jazz and ton of other styles. He has played all the major jazz and blues festivals across Canada and the U.S. and has opened for major acts including [&hellip... Continue Reading »

U Blocking: The Redheaded Stepchild of Harmonica Embouchures

By Michael Rubin ~ You will see people on forums very dogmatically declaring that tongue blocking is the only correct way to play the harmonica. Then you will have someone send a video of them playing in the pucker style sounding like a pro! The tongue blocker will then explain how much BETTER he would sound if only he [&hellip... Continue Reading »

This is Why Little Walter is the King of Blues

By Michael Rubin ~ Here’s a loose quote by John “Juke” Logan, harp player for the television shows Roseanne and My Name is Earl as well as a fine songwriter, singer and bandleader in his own right, RIP. “There are two kinds of harmonica players, those who have joined the Little Walter sweepstakes and the rest of us.” What [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Les Stroud aka Survivorman: Harmonica Player of The Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Ask Les Stroud about his early years and he’ll tell you that his was a “white bread” childhood, which is to say, uneventful: the same old same old. Nothing that would tell you that he would ever go anywhere, be anything, or do anything that would make him stand out in a crowd. He grew [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Larry Adler, “Mouth Organ” Virtuoso

By JP Allen ~ Larry Adler was one of the world’s most skilled players, a god amongst harmonica players (though he’d have preferred you use the term “mouth organ”). Besides performing transcriptions of classical violin works, composers such as Darius Milhaud and Ralph Vaughn Williams composed works written specifically for Larry. He collaborated with musicians such as Sting and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Mount Rushmore of Blues Harmonica

By Michael Rubin ~ Although there are many non-blues harmonica players who did important and influential things, there were in my opinion, 7 blues harmonica players who basically defined the way blues harmonica is played to this day. Since these 7 blues players arrived on the scene, there have been others who have truly come up with a unique [&hellip... Continue Reading »