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JP Allen

JP Allen believes that anyone can learn to play harmonica. Are you a beginner or intermediate who is looking for an especially easy approach to getting good fast? Do you think it would be fun to play blues or some of your favorite songs with minimal practice? Then CLICK HERE for JP’s Beginners Harmonica Lessons, the world’s only 100% play-along harmonica video lessons.

Charlie Musselwhite Playlist

By JP Allen ~ I hope you enjoy this playlist of some of my favorite Charlie Musselwhite songs (below). “Charlie Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. This man cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the south side of Chicago in the early 1960’s – thank your lucky [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Awesome Two Hour Harmonica Compilation

By JP Allen ~ Credit to the 2Hour Compilations YouTube channel for this cooler than cool harmonica compilation. Tracklists can be found below. Hit play and enjoy… Tracklist 0:00:00 – The Mannish Boys – Raunchy (feat. Arthur Adams & Randy Chortkoff) 0:05:30 – Brendan Power – The Real Blues Real 0:10:06 – Charlie McCoy & The Escorts – Harpoon [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Jason Ricci a Playlist That’ll Blow Your Mind

By JP Allen ~ Most musicians play safe, putting their subtle spin on what already exists. And then there are musicians who aggressively push the boundaries and redefine the art itself. Jason Ricci is one such musician. His harmonica style combines old-school blues of the greats but infused with insane overblows and then smeared with funk, rock, punk and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Tom Petty’s Last Dance (Rest in Peace)

By JP Allen ~ Tom Petty knew how to play harmonica and played it with soul … a simple yet evocative country-rock style that was loved by millions. We’ll miss him. Rest in peace, Tom. To remember and celebrate Tom’s life, here are two of my favorite songs of his. You Don’t Know How It Feels (Intro) by Tom [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Not Your Average Blues Player: Son of Dave

By JP Allen ~ Son of Dave is not your average blues player: “He’s an international cult Bluesman on a mission to save your musical soul from modern hogwash. This one-man harmonica & beat-box genius beats his own path, turning rhythm and blues upside down and gathering a huge international army of devoted fans from all walks of life. [&hellip... Continue Reading »

William Clarke a Playlist With Attitude

By JP Allen ~ William Clarke was one of the finest diatonic harp players to grace this planet. His style of “hardcore attitude and tone of the classic Chicago harmonica players along with the swinging and highly rhythmic grooves of the organ trios” is unmistakable. (Check out our short bio on William Clarke)... Continue Reading »

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 »

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 »

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 »