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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.

Big Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton Playlist

By JP Allen ~ Big Walter “Shakey” Horton was a shy man but when he got on the harmonica he became a blues beast. Quite simply, he’s one of the most loved and respected blues harmonica players of all time. For me, and many other harmonica players, his tremolo, and vibrato is second to none. It starts with, “How the heck does he do that?”  [&hellip... Continue Reading »

2 Hour Blues Compilation

By JP Allen ~ It’s blues time. Here’s a wonderful 2 hour mix of blues harmonica artists from Billy Boy Arnold to Mississippi Heat to William Clarke. Enjoy! (Spotify playlist available here too) Tracklist 0:00:00 – John Campbelljohn – Key To The Highway 0:04:18 – Guthrie Trapp – Got My Mojo Workin’ (Feat. Jimmy Hall) 0:08:38 – Kenny Neal [&hellip... Continue Reading »

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 »

Wanna come to a Harmonica Retreat in Hawaii with JP?

By JP Allen ~ YES! Because the other retreats sold out so fast, I’ll be hosting an additional 5-day harmonica retreat at my home in Kauai for beginning and intermediate-level harmonica players. I’m limiting this retreat to only 12 harmonica students so I can get to know you and personally help you with your biggest harmonica challenges... 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 »