Blog: Harmonica Articles

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 »

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!

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 »

Harmonica Jazz Masters in Action

By JP Allen ~ Jazz can be a bit of an acquired taste but there’s no doubting the sheer technical and theoretical ability needed to perform it. Check out these 6 jazz masters in action: French harmonica player Sebastien Charlier with brazilian jazz group “3 no Som”, smooooooth… William Galison jamming his jazz on the streets of France… Some [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Hits the Streets

By JP Allen ~ Doesn’t it just brighten your day when you stumble across a harmonica street performer going at it? Check out some of these awesome street performances… Philip Achille filling the air with some wonderful classical… One man band Adam Gussow with some sweet Mississippi blues… Moses Concas with a fusion of harmonica and beatbox… Håkan Ehn [&hellip... Continue Reading »