Blog: Harmonica Articles


Learn Bye Bye Bird (Sonny Boy Williamson)

By Alex Paclin ~ Bye Bye Bird is played on a Low D harmonica (an octave lower than the regular D). I chose the low version because it has a more authentic vibe to me and used the Marine Band 364 for it, but you can use any low harmonica you want of course. (You can find the tab [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Not Your Average Blues Player: Son of Dave

By JP Allen ~ Son of Dave is not your average blues player: “He’s an international cult Bluesman on a mission to save your musical soul from modern hogwash. This one-man harmonica & beat-box genius beats his own path, turning rhythm and blues upside down and gathering a huge international army of devoted fans from all walks of life. [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: Blues Harp Shuffle (Big Walter Horton)

By Alex Paclin ~ Big Walter’s Shuffle is one of my favorites. Memorable licks, notes played using the rolled R, fast tremolo effect, all of these and more define Big Walter’s style. (Tab and lesson details below the video. If you’re struggling with bends check out JP Allen’s How to Bend Notes page to get the basics down first.) [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Learn TWO Kinds of Second Position on Harmonica

By Brendan Power ~ Greetings! I’m Brendan Power and in this video I’ll show you how to get two completely different moods when playing Second Position, just by altering a couple of notes! Many harp players are inspired to pick up the harmonica by hearing some great Blues music played on it. As everyone knows, the 10-hole diatonic is [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Kellie Rucker: Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Ask Kellie Rucker where she grew up, and she’ll tell you that her roots are spread all across the country. “My family moved a lot,” she explains, and so there was no home town as such; more like a series of them, which is why, when asked where she’s from, she replies, “I’m from every-where.” [&hellip... Continue Reading »

William Clarke a Playlist With Attitude

By JP Allen ~ William Clarke was one of the finest diatonic harp players to grace this planet. His style of “hardcore attitude and tone of the classic Chicago harmonica players along with the swinging and highly rhythmic grooves of the organ trios” is unmistakable. (Check out our short bio on William Clarke)... Continue Reading »

The Memphis Music & Heritage Festival

By Jaine Rodack ~ It’s a downtown, down home, downright delight. Looking for something to do this Labor Day Weekend? Someplace to go where the music is free and flowing and the energy is high? Then head on over to Memphis, Tennessee, where the 31st Memphis Music and Heritage Festival will be in full swing! The 2017 festival, which [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Tutorial: Mellow Down Easy by Little Walter

By Alex Paclin ~ Hi everybody! In this tutorial I made a big accent on the sound and the nuances Little Walter uses. Here we go through the intro which is a repeated pattern and the solo. The tabs for it are down below. Here’s the tabs for Mellow Down Easy, how it is on the record. In another [&hellip... Continue Reading »

The Top 7 Reasons People Quit Playing an Instrument

By Jaine Rodack ~ WHY WE GIVE UP SO EASILY… The top seven reasons people stop taking lessons or playing an instrument There are a million reasons why people start something and don’t follow through, whether that something is following a diet, getting a degree, or accumulating wealth. When it comes to learning how to play a musical instrument, [&hellip... Continue Reading »