Blog: Harmonica Articles

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 »

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 »