Blog: Harmonica Articles


Wanna come to the 2017 Harmonica Retreat in Hawaii?

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By JP Allen ~ YES! In response to regular requests, I’ll be hosting an intimate harmonica retreat at my home in Kauai early next year for beginning and intermediate-level harmonica players. I’m limiting this retreat to only 6 harmonica students so I can get to know you and personally help you with your biggest harmonica challenges... Continue Reading »

Even More Sonny Boy Inspired Harmonica Riffs

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By George Goodman ~ In this lesson, I want to teach you 3 variations on a harmonica riff inspired by the great Sonny Boy Williamson and his song, Bring It On Home. The video above is the original song, which you would need an “A” key harmonica to be in tune. For the below lesson video, you will need [&hellip... Continue Reading »

George ‘Harmonica’ Smith – Arkansas Trap (Full Album)

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By JP Allen ~ (Credit to Blues Collector  for posting this album up) 01. McComb, Mississippi (Part 1) 02. Situation Blues 03. Roaming 04. Blue Fog 05. On My Mind 06. Viola B 07. Monkey On A Limb 08. Trying To Hide The Things I Do 09. Fire Exit 10. She’s Coming Home To Stay 11. McComb, Mississippi (Part 2) [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Advanced Harmonica Technique: An In-Depth Look at Overblowing

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By Joe Feeney ~ Overblowing is tough, but if you want to stay up to speed with what modern harmonica players are doing it’s a must. This technique will enable you to play the entire chromatic scale on a diatonic harmonica (which means you’ll have all the notes that are found on a piano). YAY!!! Overblowing is similar to [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Blues Lesson 4 Beginners: Lead Harmonica That Rips

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By JP Allen ~ In this lesson you’ll learn a beginning/intermediate level blues solo that you’re going to have some fun with. 3  -3     4  -4      -Ta  Too    Too  -Ta     -4  -4  4  -3  3     -Ta  Too    Too  -Ta Above are the notes for this simple blues solo (watch video for [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Sonny Boy / Big Walter Harmonica Lick Lesson (Part 2 of 2)

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By JP Allen ~ Have you heard this classic lick from the first Sonny Boy Williamson and Big Walter Horton? Well now you can learn to play it. I’m warning you ahead it’s more challenging than it sounds (but if you can learn this lick, it will be well worth the effort). Although this riff doesn’t require bending, I [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Country + Bluegrass Harmonica Greats

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By JP Allen ~ The harmonica greats of country and bluegrass, who are your favorites? Check out some of mine below. (If you want to learn more about the history of the genre then here’s an interesting written piece on country and bluegrass) The Godfather of country and bluegrass, Charlie McCoy:   Jelly Roll Johnson is a Nashville studio [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Sonny Boy / Big Walter Harmonica Lick Lesson (Part 1 of 2)

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By JP Allen ~ If you like blues harmonica you’re going to love this lesson from me and Joe Filisko. It’s a classic harmonica rhythm/lead lick that was made famous by Sonny Boy Williamson I and popularized by Big Walter Horton. I’m rating it beginner to intermediate level because even though there are no bends, the transition from single [&hellip... Continue Reading »