Blog: Harmonica Articles

In Memory of James Cotton

By JP Allen ~ James Cotton, 1935-2017. Some of James Cotton’s many awesome blues harp songs… I imagine many of us harmonica players are feeling this massive loss. May the whole world of harmonica acknowledge how much this man has given to inspiring the world with music... Continue Reading »

James Cotton – High Compression (Full Album)

By JP Allen ~ Would you like a little extra spice with that blues harmonica? 🙂 James Cotton (born July 1, 1935 in Mississippi) is an award-winning, world-renowned living legend of American blues harmonica. He’s toured with some of the classic blues bands, including Muddy Waters and Janis Joplin, and has played with just about every prominent artist in [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Rockin’ Jake: Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Rockin’ Jake will be the first one to tell you that life on the road isn’t always rockin’. It is, if not exactly a roller coaster ride, then something close to it: a series of glorious highs and “why am I doing this?” lows. But the man is also here to tell you that, having [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Sonny Boy Williamson II – The Real Folk Blues

By Michael Rubin ~ Sonny Boy Williamson II (AKA Alex Rice Miller) set the stage for all harmonica players who followed him. He was the BEST at cupping the hands to get a wah-wah sound. This album is classic, with incredible songs and playing. He played acoustically without a bullet mic and amplifier. Throughout his playing, notice little quick [&hellip... Continue Reading »

The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Keep On Moving

By Michael Rubin ~ Here’s a look at Paul Butterfield Blues Band’s album, Keep On Moving… The entire album is in 2nd position. On the title track, jam along in the key of D on a G harp. Listen to the wah wahs he achieves by cupping his hands. He also uses a G harp in D to play [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Wanna come to the 2017 Harmonica Retreat in Hawaii?

By JP Allen ~ YES! Because the other retreats sold out so fast, I’ll be hosting an additional 5-day harmonica retreat at my home in Kauai for beginning and intermediate-level harmonica players. I’m limiting this retreat to only 7 harmonica students so I can get to know you and personally help you with your biggest harmonica challenges... Continue Reading »

PT Gazell: Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Oconomowoc, Wisconsin: population 16,319, give or take a few folks, and birthplace of one PT Gazell. “It was a very small town,” says the harmonica man, “but a town that had a very vibrant music scene for as small as it was, and live music was a pretty big part of what went on there.” And [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Caveman Reed Gapping

By Michael Rubin ~ Jump to a Section ⊝ Caveman Reed Gapping Method ⊝ Why Gap Reeds? ⊝ What Is Reed Gapping? ⊝ How to Reed Gap? ⊝ Overblow Gapping What Is Reed Gapping? The quick answer… it’s a way to massively increase the performance of your harmonica. Why might that be helpful? Read on… I’M A CAVEMAN When [&hellip... Continue Reading »