Blog: Harmonica Articles


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 »

Harmonica Tutorial: Help Me by Sonny Boy Williamson

By Alex Paclin ~ Tab and lesson notes below the video! Help Me: Classic blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, very minor sounding and very groovy. Simply there’s a bass riff 1 b3 4 over I IV and V chords, which makes it sound so bluesy. This song has a lot of texture, dynamics and strong note attacks. It has [&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 »

Arabic Music on the Blues Harmonica

By Brendan Power ~ This video shows you some exotic sounds that are lurking in your plain old bog standard 10 hole Richter harp. So far maybe you’ve been playing some Blues and stuff, but if you can bend notes then a whole world of other tonalities awaits. It’s a lot easier than you think to come up with [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Learn Bye Bye Bird (Sonny Boy Williamson)

By Alex Paclin ~ Bye Bye Bird is played on a Low D harmonica (an octave lower than the regular D). I chose the low version because it has a more authentic vibe to me and used the Marine Band 364 for it, but you can use any low harmonica you want of course. (You can find the tab [&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 »

Harmonica Lesson: Blues Harp Shuffle (Big Walter Horton)

By Alex Paclin ~ Big Walter’s Shuffle is one of my favorites. Memorable licks, notes played using the rolled R, fast tremolo effect, all of these and more define Big Walter’s style. (Tab and lesson details below the video. If you’re struggling with bends check out JP Allen’s How to Bend Notes page to get the basics down first.) [&hellip... Continue Reading »