Blog: Harmonica Articles

Q&A: Richard Hunter on Breaking Boundaries with the Diatonic Harmonica

By Justin Norton ~ If you want to take your harmonica playing outside of the traditional blues, rock and country paths, there are plenty of examples to follow. Simply visit one of the popular Facebook forums and listen to a wealth of brilliant jazz and classical harmonica playing, not to mention other unexpected genres. This was not always the [&hellip... Continue Reading »

The Most Underrated Harp Player? A Nat Riddles Playlist

By JP Allen ~ I’d heard of Nat Riddles but never gave the man a serious listen. Big mistake. After stumbling on Ricky Bush’s fantastic article on Nat Riddles I had to delve deeper into Nat’s work and boy was I rewarded; Ricky nail’s it with his review of Nat’s work… “He knocks me out with his tone. I [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Kim Wilson – High Octane Blues Playlist

By JP Allen ~ “For Kim Wilson, the musical journey started in Goleta, California. At 17 he began playing the harmonica. His influences included Little Walter, George “Harmonica” Smith, Lazy Lester and James Cotton. At the same time, Wilson began singing and was deeply impacted by Bobby “Blue” Bland, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Jimmy Rodgers and Muddy Waters.” (Read [&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 »

Steve Baker (Badass Blues Harmonica Playlist)

By JP Allen ~ “I’m a musician who plays the harmonica,” Steve Baker explains, adding, “I think in terms of music, not in harp licks. I’ve played many styles, and that’s reflected in how I play now.” Check out some of Steve’s music below and see for yourself 🙂 (full Steve Baker interview here)... 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 »

Learn Little Walter’s Top 3 Songs

By Alex Paclin ~ The Little Walter songs Key To The Highway, Juke and My Babe are arguably 3 of the best in his repertoire. Let’s explore and learn how to play them on harmonica. This is a lot more fun when you have the ✔ essential harmonica foundational techniques and the ✔ essential blues harmonica techniques in your [&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 »

Aki Kumar and the Quest for the Holy Tone (Exclusive Interview)

By Justin Norton ~ For the past decade, the India-born vocalist and harmonica player Akarsha “Aki” Kumar has left an increasingly larger imprint on the blues world and the harmonica community. Kumar learned to play at David Barrett’s famous School Of The Blues in San Jose, California and then started to gig regularly in the Bay Area, eventually forming [&hellip... Continue Reading »