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


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


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)


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 »

Wanna come to the 2017 Harmonica Retreat in Hawaii?


By JP Allen ~ I’m so stoked! I will be having an intimate 5-day harmonica retreat at my home in Kauai. I’m limiting it to only 5 beginning and intermediate-level harmonica students, because I want to have more time and energy to get to know you and personally help you with your biggest harmonica challenges... Continue Reading »

Beginner’s Blues Rhythm & Lead Lesson (Part 1)


By JP Allen ~ This lesson is all about being a one-man/woman-band on the harmonica. It helped me more than almost any technique I ever learned. I hope it does the same for you. To get the most out of this lesson, grab your C harmonica and jam along. PART 2: Featured Image by Vincent Tcheng Chang... Continue Reading »

Sonny Terry’s Top Hits!

Sonny Terry

By JP Allen ~ Hey Harmonica Lover, Whether you’re new to Sonny Terry or an old-time fan, I think you’ll have a lot of fun with this blog page. After Bob Dylan and Hal Walker, Sonny Terry was my first full-blown harmonica idol (even before I knew guys like Little Walter existed). I still love him to this day [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Ray Wallen Plays The Blues


By JP Allen ~ If you’ve not heard of Ray Wallen then you’re missing a treat. Inspired by the heavy weights like Little Walter and Sonny Terry, Wallen is not afraid to put his own spin on such an iconic sound. Check him out performing with the equally awesome Dan Nash… St Harmonica’s Blues Club in Southgate, video shot [&hellip... Continue Reading »