Blog: Harmonica Articles


Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” Harmonica Cover (With Tabs)

By Alex Paclin ~ Here is Alex’s take on a sensational song by Billie Eilish called “Bad Guy“. Multiple harmonica layers are used here to create harmony with a roaring, yet smooth sound. The song is played in 5th and 3rd positions switching harmonicas where needed to create different textures. Tabs and the original song are below the video. [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Keys for Beginners

By Luke ~ In this lesson, I’m going to help you understand how harmonica keys work so that you can always figure out the right harmonica to choose in order to sound great when playing with a band or a jam track. I’m also gonna teach you a killer 2nd position Blues riff that requires no bending. It’s [&hellip... Continue Reading »

7 Sizzling Harp Riffs from 1970s Songs (with Tabs)

By Alex Paclin ~ The Wizard The Wizard is a song by Black Sabbath (released in 1970) featuring Ozzy Osbourne on the harmonica. It starts off with long restless notes and is followed by an aggressive riff played with a band. The title refers to Ozzy Osbourne himself. He became known as “The Wizard” shortly after the release of [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Robert Bonfiglio, Playlist – Classical Harmonica at its Best

By admin ~ Robert Bonfiglio (Pennsylvania) is an American classical harmonica player. Bonfiglio has been a concerto soloist with leading orchestras around the world, premiering major works written for harmonica. His first recording was with the New York Chamber Orchestra and featured the Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto, which was released to critical acclaim... Continue Reading »

Single Notes on Harmonica (for Beginners)

By Luke ~ So you’ve got a harmonica, now what? Well, certainly some fun is to be had just blowing and drawing on a harmonica (check out my lesson Harmonica Chords for Beginners for some ideas about this). But eventually, if you really want to be able to rock hard, you’re gonna have to learn how to play [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Blues Harmonica For Beginners (Even if You Can’t Bend)

By Luke ~ In this lesson, I’m going to teach you how to play Blues harmonica to back up singers and soloists, as well as take an awesome solo. For this lesson, I am playing a C harmonica in 2nd position, so we are playing in the key of G. This lesson assumes that you already know how [&hellip... Continue Reading »

“Another Little Walter” – Mark Ford (Playlist)

By JP Allen ~ “Mark Ford is well known as one of the most creative blues harmonicists of our time. Mark has been playing the clubs since he was 15. He has worked with blues greats Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Brownie McGhee, Albert King, Charlie Musselwhite, and a host of others. Muddy Waters once said that Mark Ford [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Top 5 Harmonica Effects (That You’re Probably Not Doing)

By Alex Paclin ~ 6 overblow and 7 blow simultaneously This effect provides a major second interval which sounds rough and edgy. It’s a nice expression effect. You can do a vibrato on it, you can combine it with 6/7 draw (which is the major 2nd interval also) if you play blues in second position for example. To apply [&hellip... Continue Reading »