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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.

Mark Hummel Playlist (West Coast Blues!)

By JP Allen ~ If you’ve not heard of Mark Hummel, where have you been?! The New Yorker said, “Hummel, a specialist in West Coast Blues, knows a thing or two about how to please an audience”. See for yourself in the videos below 🙂 And you can learn more about Mark on his website... Continue Reading »

Blues America (Full Blues Documentary)

By JP Allen ~ “Blues America”, is a must-watch for any blues fan. The ability of downtrodden people to rise up with the power of music that influenced generations to come is powerful stuff. Put your feet up and enjoy! Part 1 of 2 Part 2 of ... Continue Reading »

The Sweet Sounds of James Cotton in Concert (1973)

By JP Allen ~ James Cotton is blues harmonica. Sadly he passed away in March 2017 but his legacy still lives on. Here’s James Cotton in all his glory, a full concert recorded live on 6/15/1973 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA. (For more James Cotton here’s one of his finest albums and here’s his life story) Setlist: 0:00:00 – [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: On The Road Again (Canned Heat)

By JP Allen ~ Following up from last week’s interview with Mr Will Wilde here’s a cool lesson from the man himself. The song is the instantly recognizable On The Road Again by Canned Heat, such an awesome tune to have in your repertoire. (And if you’re looking for more lessons from Will check out Breakthrough Blues which includes [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Essential Blues Harmonica (Full Album)

By JP Allen ~ Roll-up, roll-up, get your blues fix. This awesome blues compilation features some of the very finest blues harp players of all time, a who’s who of the blues world. Enjoy! (You can grab this compilation on CD too here) Track Listing 01. The Blues Overtook Me – Charlie Musselwhite 02. Scratch My Back – Frank [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Doctor Ross “The Harmonica Boss” (Full Album)

By JP Allen ~ If you like the sounds of John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson then you’ll love Doctor Ross’ raw earthy blues. Here’s a full album from the one-man band that was recorded in London in the early 70s, they don’t make ’em like this anymore. (If this gets your blues juices pumping then you might [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Hard Rock Harmonica, Will Wilde Does Sabbath

By JP Allen ~ Will Wilde’s tribute to Sabbath can be seen in his latest video of his cover of ‘The Wizard’ from his much-anticipated new album, ‘Bring It On Home’, released on March 9th 2018. Check it out… Performance notes: For The Wizard, Will used a Seydel 1847 in the key of D (standard Richter tuning) in second [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Rod Piazza, Harmonica Playlist

By JP Allen ~ Rod Piazza is a monster blues harmonica player and master of the chromatic harp. I hope you enjoy the playlist I created, below! Rod’s inspirations include Little Walter and George Smith, each for different reasons… “I took what I could learn from Walter and George. From Walter it was technique and control of the instrument. [&hellip... Continue Reading »