Blog: Harmonica Articles


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 »

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 »

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: http://www.harmonica.com/dirty-rhythm-lead-harmonica-52842.html 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 »