Harmonica Players


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 »

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 »

The Sweet Sounds of James Cotton in Concert (1973)

By JP Allen ~ James Cotton is blues harmonica. Sadly he passed away in March 2017 but his legacy still lives on. Here’s James Cotton in all his glory, a full concert recorded live on 6/15/1973 at Winterland, San Francisco, CA. (For more James Cotton here’s one of his finest albums and here’s his life story) Setlist: 0:00:00 – [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Player of the Month: Will Wilde Exclusive Interview

By Jaine Rodack ~ Lately, the word “fresh” has been tossed around like a house salad; the latest in a series of over-used accolades employed to describe the awesome, hot, cool, and incredibly gifted among us. Overused though it may be, when it comes to Will Wilde and his music, fresh is the perfect adjective. No same old, same [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Player of the Month: Buddy Greene

By Jaine Rodack ~ Grab a Harmonica Masterclass Lesson With Buddy Greene! Buddy Greene is a master at playing country blues and playing F-A-S-T. There’s a bonus lesson included with the “Breakthrough Blues” course where Buddy reveals some very intricate bending techniques as well as starting a student on the path to playing lightning fast. Click to check out [&hellip... Continue Reading »