Blog: Harmonica Articles


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 »

Harmonicas to Haiti Orphans

By Jaine Rodack ~ “One person with an idea, and look what can happen!” said Karen Bralove. She could have been talking about herself, but she wasn’t. She was talking about a twelve-year-old boy named Nate. Nate and Karen are two links in a long and winding chain that began with the reading of two totally different books, kicked [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Sugar Blue, Harmonica Tone Master

By JP Allen ~ Sugar Blue (born James Whiting in New York on December 16, 1949) is a harmonica genius, probably best known for playing on the Rolling Stones single, “Miss You.” A blues rock session player who fronts his own band as a singer/harp player and who tours internationally. One of the pioneers of tone. He inspired me [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Norton Buffalo – Lovin’ in the Valley of the Moon (Full Album)

By Michael Rubin ~ Norton Buffalo’s album Lovin’ in the Valley of the Moon is fantastic, showcasing harp outside of blues. Although Norton’s work seems impossible, notice the majority of the album is cross harp. Spend time with the blues scale and the major pentatonic scale and watch your ear begin to pick out what he is doing. Why [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Charlie Musselwhite – Harmonica Player Of The Month (Plus Q&A!)

By Jaine Rodack ~ If anyone has ever deserved the title of ‘living legend’, it’s Charlie Musselwhite. Born in Kosciusko, Mississippi, and raised in Memphis, Charlie picked up the harmonica early in life, playing where he could, whenever he could. Encouraged by bluesmen Will Shade and Furry Lewis to pursue his dream, Charlie headed for Chicago, where the blues [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band – Hoo Doo Man Blues

By Michael Rubin ~ Here’s your chance to learn, listen or jam along with the songs from Hoo Doo Man Blues by Junior Wells. I’ve included which key harmonicas you’ll need below the videos. (Note: apologies if these videos don’t play in your country, that’s out of our control. If you’re in the US you should be able to [&hellip... Continue Reading »

James Cotton Harmonica Player of the Month (Retrospective)

By Jaine Rodack ~ James Henry Cotton passed away in March 2017, putting a cap on a career that spanned nearly 70 years. He was born on July 1 of 1935, smack in the middle of what would be a long hot summer. The youngest of Hattie and Mose Cotton’s eight children, James spent his first years in Tunica, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

James Harman

By JP Allen ~ Self-proclaimed “unfussy blues harp player”, James Harman, has been a bluesman all his adult life. Inspired by the likes of Little Walter, Walter Horton and Sonny Boy Williamson, James Harman is legendary. If you’ve never heard him before, you’re in for a blues harp treat&#... Continue Reading »

Charlie McCoy

By JP Allen ~ Who better for some country blues than Charlie McCoy? Enjoy! Am I the only one who has dreamed of playing like Charlie McCoy? When I first heard Orange Blossom Special it changed my harmonica life forever. Enjoy! jp... Continue Reading »