Blog: Harmonica Articles


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 »

Scott Albert Johnson – Harmonica Player of the Month

By Jaine Rodack ~ Scott Albert Johnson has been around. By the time he was thirty, he had lived in Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, California and the District of Columbia. But it is Mississippi that he calls home; it’s where roots were grown, and hearts were won. And it would be Mississippi that called to him, and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Despacito Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Here’s the hot Puerto Rican hit Despacito played on the harmonica for you, with tabs so you can play along too. I used multiple harmonica parts to make it sound richer, played the chugging technique for the rap part and fooled around with the effects a little bit 🙂 Tabs and the original song are [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Charlie Musselwhite Playlist

By JP Allen ~ I hope you enjoy this playlist of some of my favorite Charlie Musselwhite songs (below). “Charlie Musselwhite is living proof that great music only gets better with age. This man cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the south side of Chicago in the early 1960’s – thank your lucky [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Tutorial: Help Me by Sonny Boy Williamson

By Alex Paclin ~ Tab and lesson notes below the video! Help Me: Classic blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, very minor sounding and very groovy. Simply there’s a bass riff 1 b3 4 over I IV and V chords, which makes it sound so bluesy. This song has a lot of texture, dynamics and strong note attacks. It has [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Awesome Two Hour Harmonica Compilation

By JP Allen ~ Credit to the 2Hour Compilations YouTube channel for this cooler than cool harmonica compilation. Tracklists can be found below. Hit play and enjoy… Tracklist 0:00:00 – The Mannish Boys – Raunchy (feat. Arthur Adams & Randy Chortkoff) 0:05:30 – Brendan Power – The Real Blues Real 0:10:06 – Charlie McCoy & The Escorts – Harpoon [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Jason Ricci a Playlist That’ll Blow Your Mind

By JP Allen ~ Most musicians play safe, putting their subtle spin on what already exists. And then there are musicians who aggressively push the boundaries and redefine the art itself. Jason Ricci is one such musician. His harmonica style combines old-school blues of the greats but infused with insane overblows and then smeared with funk, rock, punk and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Tom Petty’s Last Dance (Rest in Peace)

By JP Allen ~ Tom Petty knew how to play harmonica and played it with soul … a simple yet evocative country-rock style that was loved by millions. We’ll miss him. Rest in peace, Tom. To remember and celebrate Tom’s life, here are two of my favorite songs of his. You Don’t Know How It Feels (Intro) by Tom [&hellip... Continue Reading »