SPAH Interviews and Lessons

Harmonica Beat-Boxing With Brandon Bailey

By Hal Walker ~ It was just about this time last year that I was packing up for my first SPAH convention in Dallas, Texas. Over the course of about four days, I interviewed 16 unique harmonica players from around the world. Each interview included a lesson of the players choice. In this blog, I offer to you the [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Learn This Beautiful Harmonica Hymn With Filip Jers

By Hal Walker ~ This Swedish hymn is the perfect place to start. Begin by just humming along with the melody. Then learn the blows and draws of the song with big solid chords. When that’s mastered, figure out the single notes — write down the harmonica hole numbers. (I like to circle the numbers that are draw and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Learn Classic Harmonica Songs With The Sardo Brothers

By Hal Walker ~ How many songs do you know by heart? How many of those complete melodies can you hum (with the bridge)? How many of those tunes can you play on that old (or new) harmonica of yours? Phil and Tony Sardo know thousands of melodies and continue to do their part in keeping those great melodies [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Easy 12 Bar Blues On Harmonica With Carlos Romero

By Hal Walker ~ Jammin’ blues artist, Carlos Romero and Hal Walker break down the 12-bar blues into the most basic form in order to give it away to you. Just wait ‘till you hear this kid from Florida wail! Ever since my band, Voyage from the Porch, broke up back in 1990, I’ve been a solo performer. Most [&hellip... Continue Reading »

How To Improvise On the Harmonica with Sam Friedman

By Hal Walker ~ Want to know how to improvise on the harmonica — are you the kind of person that wants to be able to make up music on the spot and jam with other musicians? If so, you might want to take a few pointers from master improvisor, Sam Friedman. In this lesson/interview, Sam offers some great [&hellip... Continue Reading »