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6 Simple Blues Harmonica Riffs (That You Can Play Today!)

By Alex Paclin ~ Spoonful Spoonful is a blues song by Willie Dixon that was first recorded in 1960 by Howlin’ Wolf. Called “a stark and haunting work”, it is one of Dixon’s best known and most interpreted songs. Later on it was covered by Etta James and Harvey Fuqua as a duet , and it was popularized in [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” Harmonica Cover (With Tabs)

By Alex Paclin ~ Here is Alex’s take on a sensational song by Billie Eilish called “Bad Guy“. Multiple harmonica layers are used here to create harmony with a roaring, yet smooth sound. The song is played in 5th and 3rd positions switching harmonicas where needed to create different textures. Tabs and the original song are below the video. [&hellip... Continue Reading »

7 Sizzling Harp Riffs from 1970s Songs (with Tabs)

By Alex Paclin ~ The Wizard The Wizard is a song by Black Sabbath (released in 1970) featuring Ozzy Osbourne on the harmonica. It starts off with long restless notes and is followed by an aggressive riff played with a band. The title refers to Ozzy Osbourne himself. He became known as “The Wizard” shortly after the release of [&hellip... Continue Reading »

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 »