Blog: Harmonica Articles

How To: Harmonica Effects + Looping (Brendan Power)


By JP Allen ~ When I turned 50, I decided there were two things I wanted to do with 1. To use as a vehicle for increasing the popularity of harmonica worldwide. 2. To turn you on to all the “baddest” harmonica players and teachers out there. Enter Brendan Power!!! If you haven’t already heard of Brendan, [&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 »

9 Famous Movie Soundtracks — Played on Harmonica


By JP Allen ~ 1. Star Wars, Force Theme and Imperial March Almost sounds like he’s playing two harmonicas (or maybe he’s using the force?), awesome. Grab the tab here. 2. The Godfather Check out the size of that harp, size of a horses head! Tab here. 3. Game of Thrones Not from a movie but too good not [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: Yesterday by The Beatles


By JP Allen ~ Hey Beatles Lover, My harmonica buddy Joe Powers made a nice lesson for you in which he shares a super cool way to play “Yesterday” on the harmonica. Both parts of the lesson are below: Part 1 (You’ll find Part 2 down below): What you need to know 1. Take your time and have patience learning [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Battle: Jimmy Kimmel VS Tim Kaine


By JP Allen ~ Hey Harmonica Friend, I thought this video was more fun and entertaining than political so I couldn’t resist sharing it with you. I hope it puts a smile on your ever-loving, harmonica-playing mouth. 🙂  (Keep your eye out for the surprise guest near the end of the video). More John Popper over here Happy harpin’!... Continue Reading »

Even More Sonny Boy Inspired Harmonica Riffs


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)


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


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


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 »