Blog: Harmonica Articles


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 »

Norton Buffalo (YouTube Video Playlist)

By JP Allen ~ The late and unbelievably great Norton Buffalo was regarded as one of the most versatile and talented harmonica players in the music business. I first saw him play in a small bar in Aspen, Colorado and it completely blew my mind. Having performed and recorded across nearly every style of music, he has been widely [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Chords for Beginners

By Luke ~ In this lesson, I’m going to help you learn how to play harmonica chords so that you can accompany a singer or soloist, and I’m also going to show you how to play the cool chord progression riff in the song  I Want Candy. We are using a 10-hole C harmonica. This lesson assumes that [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Jason Ricci on His New Album, the New Orleans Sound and People Playing His Solos

By Justin Norton ~ Jason Ricci’s harmonica playing has been described with almost every superlative in the thesaurus. The praise is for good reason: Ricci’s playing introduced a new benchmark for blues virtuosity and encouraged a rising generation of players to pursue blinding speed, overblows and even scales and theory. Considering that, let’s start with the literal: Ricci’s new [&hellip... Continue Reading »