Blog: Harmonica Articles

Stitches Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ This song I played in 12th position, using tongue blocking somewhere, to add texture and fullness, otherwise it would sound pretty thin. On the phrase “Move on…” you can use the melisma on 5 blow and 5 draw as it’s sung in the original. Also feel free to play the chorus in the second octave, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Video Lesson: How to Create Throat Vibrato

By Michael Rubin ~ I loved harmonica from the moment I played it. The sound was the coolest, it was small enough to fit in the pocket and my hands, and I could play it right away. But the sound that kept me in the game was Paul Butterfield’s throat vibrato. It was deep, sobbing, guttural and sorrowful and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Big Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton Playlist

By JP Allen ~ Big Walter “Shakey” Horton was a shy man but when he got on the harmonica he became a blues beast. Quite simply, he’s one of the most loved and respected blues harmonica players of all time. For me, and many other harmonica players, his tremolo, and vibrato is second to none. It starts with, “How the heck does he do that?”  [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Player of the Month: Jon Gindick (Exclusive Interview)

By Jaine Rodack ~ Baby’s Got the Blues: Jon Gindick playing, singing and harping with RJ Mischo in his self-described “man cave” in his Ventura home. Jon Gindick’s fate was sealed early on, or so it would appear. Call it destiny, call it coincidence but, as this photograph clearly shows, the idea that the diatonic just might play a major [&hellip... Continue Reading »

The Big Draw: How The Harmonica Is Helping People Breathe Easier

By Jaine Rodack ~ Here’s to your good health: it’s a toast we’re all familiar with. But how does the harmonica fit into the picture? Over the years, scores of people, both within and outside of the medical community, have dedicated their lives to finding the answer to that musical question. And while there’s no definitive answer ─ no [&hellip... Continue Reading »

2 Hour Blues Compilation

By JP Allen ~ It’s blues time. Here’s a wonderful 2 hour mix of blues harmonica artists from Billy Boy Arnold to Mississippi Heat to William Clarke. Enjoy! (Spotify playlist available here too) Tracklist 0:00:00 – John Campbelljohn – Key To The Highway 0:04:18 – Guthrie Trapp – Got My Mojo Workin’ (Feat. Jimmy Hall) 0:08:38 – Kenny Neal [&hellip... Continue Reading »

7 Years Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Really lyrical song. The softer and smoother it’s played, the better, country style in 2nd position works well for it, there are a lot of bends on 3. Sometimes I use wah-wah tremolo effect, usually to finish the line on the last note. A lot of vibrato here, throat and tongue. Also not to mention [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Hal Walker Harmonica Player of the Month (Exclusive Interview)

By Jaine Rodack ~ Hal Walker, taking his music to the streets Memories are complicated affairs. “I don’t know where family stories and my memory overlap,” confides Reuven Gnagnatti in the 2016 documentary Shalom Italia. And he’s not alone. For as our memories fade, they intermingle with family tales, old photographs, and things we have heard or read, to [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Mark Hummel Playlist (West Coast Blues!)

By JP Allen ~ If you’ve not heard of Mark Hummel, where have you been?! The New Yorker said, “Hummel, a specialist in West Coast Blues, knows a thing or two about how to please an audience”. See for yourself in the videos below 🙂 And you can learn more about Mark on his website... Continue Reading »