Blog: Harmonica Articles

Doctor Ross “The Harmonica Boss” (Full Album)

By JP Allen ~ If you like the sounds of John Lee Hooker and Sonny Boy Williamson then you’ll love Doctor Ross’ raw earthy blues. Here’s a full album from the one-man band that was recorded in London in the early 70s, they don’t make ’em like this anymore. (If this gets your blues juices pumping then you might [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: Lollipop Mama (William Clarke)

By Liam Ward ~ Lollipop Mama is one of William Clarke’s most popular songs: a mile-a-minute blues swing with a load of awesome techniques thrown in, which for us means lots to study and enjoy. I was amazed by how much he packs into the explosive opening solo, which clocks at a mere 15 seconds. Great players like William [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Alex Paclin – Harmonica Player of the Month

By admin ~ Alex Paclin was born and raised in Chelyabinsk, Russia: an industrial and diverse city, where cultures mix and mingle, and a teenage Alex was first drawn to the harmonica. Today, the twenty-something Paclin lives over a thousand miles away in Moscow, where he is quickly carving out a place for himself in the world of [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Hard Rock Harmonica, Will Wilde Does Sabbath

By JP Allen ~ Will Wilde’s tribute to Sabbath can be seen in his latest video of his cover of ‘The Wizard’ from his much-anticipated new album, ‘Bring It On Home’, released on March 9th 2018. Check it out… Performance notes: For The Wizard, Will used a Seydel 1847 in the key of D (standard Richter tuning) in second [&hellip... Continue Reading »

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 »