Blog: Harmonica Articles


Rod Piazza, Harmonica Playlist

By JP Allen ~ Rod Piazza is a monster blues harmonica player and master of the chromatic harp. I hope you enjoy the playlist I created, below! Rod’s inspirations include Little Walter and George Smith, each for different reasons… “I took what I could learn from Walter and George. From Walter it was technique and control of the instrument. [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Howard Levy, Diatonic Harp Genius — Playlist

By JP Allen ~ Chromatic playing on a diatonic harmonica?! Thank Howard Levy, the man who discovered and popularized the overblow and overdraw techniques which meant a humble diatonic harmonica became capable of playing a whole new world of music. Check out the playlist below to get a taste of what Howard Levy is about. And you can find [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: I Wish You Would (Billy Boy Arnold)

By Liam Ward ~ Original 1955 version Tabbed for diatonic harmonica by Liam Ward Song key: G (C harp in 2nd position) ‘I Wish You Would’ is Billy Boy Arnold’s defining song: wailing harp and gruff vocals set to a driving Bo Diddley-style boogie beat. The tab I’ve provided covers the whole song, including three super-catchy licks, which you [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Indiara Sfair – Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Her name is Indiara Sfair. To get an idea of how her music affects people, you need only read some of the comments posted under her various YouTube videos. Among them, this sampling from Improvisation in C minor, a video we’ve posted just below. It can’t get much better than this: “Cannot stop listening to [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Scott Albert Johnson – Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Scott Albert Johnson has been around. By the time he was thirty, he had lived in Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, California and the District of Columbia. But it is Mississippi that he calls home; it’s where roots were grown, and hearts were won. And it would be Mississippi that called to him, and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Despacito Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Here’s the hot Puerto Rican hit Despacito played on the harmonica for you, with tabs so you can play along too. I used multiple harmonica parts to make it sound richer, played the chugging technique for the rap part and fooled around with the effects a little bit 🙂 Tabs and the original song are [&hellip... Continue Reading »

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 »