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Top 5 Harmonica Effects (That You’re Probably Not Doing)

By Alex Paclin ~ 6 overblow and 7 blow simultaneously This effect provides a major second interval which sounds rough and edgy. It’s a nice expression effect. You can do a vibrato on it, you can combine it with 6/7 draw (which is the major 2nd interval also) if you play blues in second position for example. To apply [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Top 4 Chromatic Harmonica Players

By Alex Paclin ~ Stevie Wonder A child prodigy, Wonder is considered to be one of the most successful musical performers of the late 20th century. He has recorded more than 30 U.S. top 10 hits and received 25 Grammy Awards, one of the most-awarded male solo artists, and has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Top 6 Harmonica Rock Songs

By Alex Paclin ~ Harmonica in rock is not outlandish; and probably the brightest examples are shown in these videos, ranging from rock ballads and singer-songwriter acoustic rock to virtuoso harmonica pieces and blues-rock. Let’s start. Cryin’ One of Aerosmith’s most memorable songs. This song is about a roller-coaster relationship that seemed great at first but then turned a [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Top 9 Harmonica Players Who Also Sing

By Alex Paclin ~ There are many harmonica players who are not just great at harmonica, but at singing as well. Here are probably the most outstanding musicians, who sing in genres like rock, blues, Americana and soul AND crush it at harp. Guy Forsyth Guy Forsyth is an Austin, Texas-based musician, singer, harmonica player, storyteller and songwriter. Forsyth [&hellip... Continue Reading »

8 Awesome Harp Riffs (from Popular Songs)

By Alex Paclin ~ Love Me Do Love me do is a first Beatles single, released in 1964 and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the States. Harmonica was played by John Lennon, he starts off with a simple mixolydian riff which is followed by a riff that contains unbended notes that are out of C harmonica Richter tuning, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

All About That Bass Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ This is a fun and cool song. I chose to play it in 2nd position, which requires overbends, because you’re going to play in natural major (somewhere with the b3 though). I use the wah-wah effects here, bending overbends, and doing vibrato on them, imitating vibrato on exhale, playing intervals and doing vibrato on them [&hellip... Continue Reading »

7 Best Harmonica Players, Ever?

By Alex Paclin ~ Here are my favorite harmonica players. Who would get on your list? Drop  us a comment below 🙂 Little Walter A pioneer of Chicago blues who has created an iconic style. His phrasing and effects were innovative and led to influence a lot of blues players in the future. Smart playing based on major and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Stitches Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ This song I played in 12th position, using tongue blocking somewhere, to add texture and fullness, otherwise it would sound pretty thin. On the phrase “Move on…” you can use the melisma on 5 blow and 5 draw as it’s sung in the original. Also feel free to play the chorus in the second octave, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

7 Years Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Really lyrical song. The softer and smoother it’s played, the better, country style in 2nd position works well for it, there are a lot of bends on 3. Sometimes I use wah-wah tremolo effect, usually to finish the line on the last note. A lot of vibrato here, throat and tongue. Also not to mention [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Cheap Thrills Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ First off, it took me some time to choose the key of the harmonica to keep that melisma which starts the chorus with the words “Baby I don’t…”. I went with the 2nd position, B harmonica, and the key of F#m, where I have that bend on 3, which fits that phrase. If you choose [&hellip... Continue Reading »