Blog: Harmonica Articles


Top Six 1960’s Songs with Harmonica Riffs

By Alex Paclin ~ 1. Born in Chicago This is a song by Paul Butterfield, released on his debut album. The album presents band originals and songs in the style of electric Chicago blues. It is one of the first blues albums recorded in America featuring a white singer, trailing a few years behind the British blues movement where white singers [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Top 5 Grammy Awards for Songs — With Harmonica

By Alex Paclin ~ 1. Johnny Winter feat. Jason Ricci (“My Babe”) Bb harmonica, 2nd position, key of F “Step Back” (by Johnny Winter). Step Back is an album by blues guitarist and singer Johnny Winter that won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album. It features Jason Ricci on the harmonica for the song “My Babe” and in [&hellip... Continue Reading »

10 Types of Harmonica Players (Which Are You?)

By Alex Paclin ~ Do you know a harmonica player with a funny or distinctive style? Check out this video and see if there’s somebody you recognize.😉 There are 10 types of harmonica players here, including the ones who are crazy on effects, shedding on the harmonica, using a “woo” sound like Sonny Terry or just play harmonica and piano [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now” Harmonica Cover (With Tabs)

By Alex Paclin ~ Check out a harmonica cover on a recent and insanely groovy song by Dua Lipa “Don’t Start Now’.  According to Dua Lipa’s own analysis, “Don’t Start Now” is about transitioning from ‘one chapter of her life into another’. This movement is highlighted by her “not allowing anyone to get in the way”. Dua Lipa “Don’t [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Sam Smith’s “To Die For” Harmonica Cover (With Tabs)

By Alex Paclin ~ Here’s a new song by Sam Smith “To Die For” in Alex Paclin’s harmonica rendition.  Tabs and the original song are below the video. Sam said this about what inspired the song: “I was walking down Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles on a Sunday and everyone was happy because everyone’s happy on that road,” Smith [&hellip... Continue Reading »

The Masterful Harp Work of Rick Estrin (YouTube Playlist)

By JP Allen ~ Rick Estrin was born in San Francisco, California in 1949. When he was 12, his older sister gave him a copy of Ray Charles’ The Genius Sings The Blues, and he became infatuated with the music. He got his first harmonica at age 15, and by age 18 was proficient enough to begin sitting in at [&hellip... Continue Reading »

6 Simple Blues Harmonica Riffs (That You Can Play Today!)

By Alex Paclin ~ Spoonful Spoonful is a blues song by Willie Dixon that was first recorded in 1960 by Howlin’ Wolf. Called “a stark and haunting work”, it is one of Dixon’s best known and most interpreted songs. Later on it was covered by Etta James and Harvey Fuqua as a duet , and it was popularized in [&hellip... Continue Reading »