Harmonica Players


Carlos del Junco, Jazz-Blues Harmonica Fusion

By JP Allen ~ Carlos del Junco is an international multiple-award-winning Cuban-Canadian harmonica player. He plays chromatically on a 10-hole diatonic with his high-energy styled overblow technique fusing together blues with jazz and ton of other styles. He has played all the major jazz and blues festivals across Canada and the U.S. and has opened for major acts including [&hellip... Continue Reading »

U Blocking: The Redheaded Stepchild of Harmonica Embouchures

By Michael Rubin ~ You will see people on forums very dogmatically declaring that tongue blocking is the only correct way to play the harmonica. Then you will have someone send a video of them playing in the pucker style sounding like a pro! The tongue blocker will then explain how much BETTER he would sound if only he [&hellip... Continue Reading »

This is Why Little Walter is the King of Blues

By Michael Rubin ~ Here’s a loose quote by John “Juke” Logan, harp player for the television shows Roseanne and My Name is Earl as well as a fine songwriter, singer and bandleader in his own right, RIP. “There are two kinds of harmonica players, those who have joined the Little Walter sweepstakes and the rest of us.” What [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Les Stroud aka Survivorman: Harmonica Player of The Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Ask Les Stroud about his early years and he’ll tell you that his was a “white bread” childhood, which is to say, uneventful: the same old same old. Nothing that would tell you that he would ever go anywhere, be anything, or do anything that would make him stand out in a crowd. He grew [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Larry Adler, “Mouth Organ” Virtuoso

By JP Allen ~ Larry Adler was one of the world’s most skilled players, a god amongst harmonica players (though he’d have preferred you use the term “mouth organ”). Besides performing transcriptions of classical violin works, composers such as Darius Milhaud and Ralph Vaughn Williams composed works written specifically for Larry. He collaborated with musicians such as Sting and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »