Blog: Harmonica Articles

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 »

Repair ‘n’ Care of Your Harmonica to Save Money

By Joe Feeney ~ An average harmonica can cost you about $40 or less, while a good quality instrument may cost $100 or more – not a lot these days for the ability to produce a great sound. But modifying your harmonica, or getting it repaired (for example, replacing rusty reeds), can add significantly to that figure. So why [&hellip... Continue Reading »

John Popper Killin’ It With the Blues Traveler

By JP Allen ~ One of the greatest jam-bands to ever walk the planet? See what you think, check out harmonica virtuoso in action, John Popper, with his band Blues Traveler, back in ’95 Tracklist : 00:00 – But Anyway 06:18 – Crash Burn / Hook 14:23 – Mulling It Over 22:21 – Escaping 34:12 – Stand 42:13 – [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Portrait of a Legend – William Clarke

By JP Allen ~ Born in 1951 in Inglewood, California, William Clarke was heir to Chicago’s legacy of amplified blues harmonica. As a youngster, he played guitar and drums. He loved rock and roll but the blues standards on some of the early Rolling Stones album inspired him to take up harmonica in 1967. A dedicated student of George [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Blues Riff Lesson With Bending & Vibrato

By Eric Noden ~ Here’s a cool blues riff that will get you working on the 4 draw bend. The 4 draw bend is a very soulful sounding note and is found in a lot of classic blues songs. This riff in this lesson also includes some throat vibrato and basic chording. You’ll need to know how to play [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Women Power Plays on Harmonica

By Joe Feeney ~ If the music world is made up of mighty pillars of harmonica kings, it is equally graced by women who, in one way or another, have made harmonica playing their lifelong successful career. Here are few of the women harmonica players who have made a success and earned a justified reputation in the music business. [&hellip... Continue Reading »