Rachelle Plas – Harmonica Beauty That Shines From Within

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JP Allen

By JP Allen

Rachelle Plas! WOW!!! Check out this video interview with Hohner Harmonicas. 

I love Rachelle’s playing and I admire the way she plays many genres.

Rachelle began her harmonica journey with a little book at the age of 8. Lucky her! I started at 21 and I’ve had plenty of students who started in their eighties. At the end of the day it’s all about enjoying oneself…and that can be done at any age.

Check her out here in this classic Little Walter Blues called “Mellow Down Easy”

Best to not mess…  rumor has it she’s also a Judo champion.

So what do you think of Rachelle? Leave me a comment below and I’ll get back to you soon.

Happy Harpin,

jp

(Article by Contributing Writers: JP Allen & Joe Feeney)

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    Ricky Lien

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    Blowing harp? She’s hot on the blow! Wow! Rhythm, strength, accuracy, fun, beat …. what else? She’s just a real champ with muscle!

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      maxine jones

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      Wow, I love this ..I am working to become this soundful..What harp is she blowing?Sounds like a Lee Oska,,also sounds like Special 20

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        JP Allen

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        She’s playing a Hohner Golden Melody in the first video. jp

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          maxine jones

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          I am sorry I meant the 2nd video,,I have some of the Golden Melody harps..Just wondered ..thanks

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          JP Allen

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          It’s hard to tell, the video is so dark…guessing it’s the same brand. jp

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          Michael Davis

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          What is the larger deeper sounding harmonica she is in the interview video

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    Laurel Anne Smith

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    I loved her style. I can only play single note style.. Would love to be able to play the blues. I do enjoy playing the harmonica, and I have no problem playing most any song that is familiar to me.

    Just this past week I played at the local seniors home accompanied by an accomplished pianist. We entertained for about 45 min. Real fun to see the guests try to sing the old songs that they loved so dearly. It is a home of close to 50 residents. Many other guests were there as well.

    Thanks for sharing Rachelle’s gift. Laurel Anne S….

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    martial

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    Wow !

    I’M in love !

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    ashley

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    I’m breathless. Loved it and what clever little girl, all those bent notes. Don’t know how she can keep the groove so long.

    Thanks jp.

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    Shaun Overmeyer

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    Awesome! Love the way she bends that harp.

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    Preston

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    JP,
    Rachelle, has a unique style, and it validates what you have been saying all along, to just keep at it. I’m taking an interest now in Blues and Jazz, working with Chromatic, Diatonic and other keyed harmonicas. Thank goodness for youtube.
    Hope you are well.
    Preston

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    jacques degeselle

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    i started at the age of 61 but i love and enyoie it i hope for many years

    jacques

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    johan

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    wow,

    i did some judo too. Now I’m doing wushu and harp… she ‘s the one to meet!!!!

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    butch

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    The only word that can express how you felt about her playing is ” BRAVO:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Chuck

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    Great tunes and a great gal. Thanks harpman for the great experience.

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    Maxine de Villefranche

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    I’ve known about Rachelle Plas for a while. In fact, she’s the reason why I bought my first set of seven Golden Melody harps. She plays that really low harp in the Key of G which I just love. I am French too, so I hope that I will get 1/10 as good as she is.

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    James ./or J.B.

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    sweet personality, sweet attitude, sweet Harmonica .Do the math need I say more. Wish her all the best she plays music that not only sounds good ,also feels good happy Mothers Day.

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      JP Allen

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      Right James, she’s got it all. jp

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    Adrien

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    Awesome ! Thanks for sharing this with us…

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      JP Allen

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      Right on Adrien, jp

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    Jan

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    Oh yeah! This kid can play the heck out of a harp! What a great musician overall, and she’s so enjoyable to watch. Thanks for sharing this with us, JP!

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      JP Allen

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      It’s amazing that she is just a kid. jp

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    Norma

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    What an incredible talent!!!! When I grow up, maybe I’ll play one note like Michelle.

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      JP Allen

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      I’m sure there is more than one note waiting for you. jp

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    byron

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    this is good harp playing love the style love the music you can tell she has been playihg for awhile.

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      JP Allen

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      Yup Byron, some fine harp playing. jp

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    Terry

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    JP,
    Wow… love the girls style and her rythm. She can make you start moving as she’s playing. Girls got talent. Thanks for bringing her to our attention.
    Talent like hers makes it look so easy.

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      JP Allen

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      Yea Terry, I love how graceful and easy she plays….nothing is forced. jp

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    LUIS FIDEL

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    Very nice, wonderfull her blues sound is real good, is an example of the one can be make whit hard work

    thank you for this video!!!

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      JP Allen

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      You got it Luis… jp

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    Guy Roy

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    What can we say, wow she’s great

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      JP Allen

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      Phenomenal. jp

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      JP Allen

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      That’s it. jp

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    Mike Christenson

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    I’m fairly new to harmonica, and enjoy listening to different styles on YouTube. Rachelle is right up there with the best. I like her rendition of “Whammer Jammer”. She plays very fast and hits every note on the money. Truly amazing.

    Thanks

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      JP Allen

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      Thanks for the tip Mike. I’ll check that one out. jp

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    Terry

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    Exactly JP, nothing forced. And not only can she blow the harp, I listened to her version of Orange Blossom Special which was terrific, this girl can belt out a tune as well.

    You might want to post her Orange Bloosom Special as a follow up as it seems many have taken a shine to her playing. I think they’d enjoy it.

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      JP Allen

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      I’ll check it out, thanks Terry. jp

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    Rick

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    What talent she displays. Hard to articulate how good it makes one feel to hear and see this lady in action. Very nice…

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      JP Allen

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      Glad you enjoyed Rick. jp

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    David

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    what can I say but, WOW!! thanks for sharing JP ;0)

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      JP Allen

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      Right on David! jp

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      JP Allen

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      Keep that thought in mind Fred. jp

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    Paul H.

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    J.P. like I said before I like your style of teaching, but let me tell you I’m 60yrs. old and I would give up my left one to be
    able to play half as well as Rachelle hell that 8yr old girl you
    featured earlier can play rings around me. Here’s hoping you
    can do something with me, no easy task.

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      JP Allen

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      Hey Paul, if you’re ready to go for it, I’m with you. jp

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    Ellie

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    Loved it! I can only dream to be that good. I loved watching her. Thanks for sharing!

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      JP Allen

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      Thanks Ellie. jp

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    Phil

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    Awesome JP
    I also think Orange Blossom Special is one of her best tunes. Very very Good is the only way to describe her Style.
    Thanks for the vid.
    Harp on.

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      JP Allen

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      I’ll be sure to check it out Phil. jp

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    shyrell

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    WOW! This lady is fantastic!

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      JP Allen

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      Glad you enjoyed it Shyrell. jp

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    Jerry

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    JP
    Thanks for this intro. Rachelle is fantastic!! Yeah, I noticed those shoulders and arms right away. A wonderful musician and athlete all in one. A real inspiration to all.

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      JP Allen

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      It’s hard not to notice those muscles. Glad you were inspired. jp

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      JP Allen

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      Thanks for the sharing the links Peter. jp

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    barry

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    Out of sight. I am stoked! What a talent and inspiration.
    Harp on! I’m still trying.

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      JP Allen

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      Right on Barry. jp

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    Matt

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    Great talent, would love to see her at a gig somewhere, someplace, sometime.

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      JP Allen

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      That would be a treat Matt. jp

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    Jeff Quesenberry

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    Wow, what a talent! What harp is her favorite? She said the name, but I couldn’t make it out………..

    JQ

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      JP Allen

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      Golden Melody because the reeds are flexible and easy to bend and has a soulful sounds. jp

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    Twohawks

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    Now she is an excellent Harmonica player with an outstanding personality.

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      JP Allen

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      I totally agree! – jp

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    Mark Redd

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    Even if she wasn’t a Judo champ her harp playing would knock you out.

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      JP Allen

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      That’s right…I hit the floor when I first heard her. jp

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    Pauline

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    I loved her playing thank’s for sharing It would be nice to see you two jamming….
    Pauline

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      JP Allen

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      That would be a delight, for me at least! jp

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    Rachelle Plas

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    Hello 🙂

    I’ve entirely found this very nice article because of chance. I thank you so much for your great words , great article, and your so much nice comments.

    I wish you all a great happy New year 2013 …!!! Keep the blues alive !!! ;-)))

    You can have me and all news on my website http://www.rachelleplas.com 😉

    Warm Greetings from Paris

    Rachelle Plas

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      JP Allen

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      Hope to jam with you one day Rachelle, you bring magic to the harp. jp (creator of harmonica.com)

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    Sherry

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    Wow,,,picking my jaw up off the floor. What an inspiration! How do ppl get so good, so young? I feel so untalented, but I do try, and that’s the bottom line. If a person tries, give ’em credit. I have a vision of me hiding behind a palm tree in Hawaii, come February, oh dear, got to get back on my practice schedule … Corporate America drains me every day, come home n plop! After feeding my horses of course …

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      JP Allen

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      Right on Sherry! See you soon 🙂 jp

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    Peter W

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    I also enjoyed her doing Whammer Jammer. I’ve only ever heard the J. Geils Band version previously and it blows me away every time. I imagine any band would feel confident with her up front.

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      JP Allen

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      She smokes. jp

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    Vernon in Beaumont

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    I have been playing harmonica(harp) for more than 40 yrs and I am 65 now and still enjoy playing. I love the blues and I like to improvise and create my own from within. I feel what I am playing as many harp players do. I would encourage anyone wishing to play the harmonica(harp) to stick with it and don`t let negativity get you down. Those who cannot play critisizes and those who can play keep on doing what they do best and thats making music on the harp sound so much better. I enjoy the videos and the young lady has real solid talent. I play solo and amny ask if I play with a band but never did seek that avenue. But I keep on blowing and enjoying every bit of it.

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      JP Allen

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      Thank you for sharing Vernon. jp

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    Brenda

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    I can only hope I can be that good some day . She is amazing !!

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      JP Allen

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      With practice you may. Keep on Harpin’. jp

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    RODNEY STEPHAN CPA

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    I loved the sound in the first video, definitely a style I will want to pursue. Can I have the specifics of the Hohner Golden Melody harmonica, ie the price , key, etc.

    By the way, on order ID 217565479 on 10.19.13, I still did not receive the Hohner special 20 key of G harp????????????? I called the 800# and left a message

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    Rodney L Stephan

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    Specifics of her large, very mellow harp, in the first video, love the sound and style, something i would really like to learn, thank you Rod

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      JP Allen

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      She is playing a Hohner Golden Melody. jp

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    Rodney L Stephan

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    In the very beginning of first video, how is she making the vibrato type effect?

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      JP Allen

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      That’s a technique called “flanging”. I cover this in my Happy Harpin’ lessons. jp

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    M V N APPA RAO

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    this is real cool harping by a girlie I have ever witnessed

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    Simon

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    I just love how happy and enthusiastic she is, awesome.. Seems to be a trend with this little tiny instrument that makes such a huge noise…

    Pish pish listen to me harping on..

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    Scot

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    I have been at the harmonica since 2014 around September.
    I like her style and her infectious energy!
    Keep playin’ lady!
    Namaste’
    Scot

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    Gregory Thomas

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    I love her! She plays while driving and walking. I enjoy all of her you tube videos.

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    ms srinivasan

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    hai! Rachelle plas! your way of playing in harmonica is so so good and very nice to know you are also singer and judo champion. you also look so cute and sweet! I love you somuch. flying kisses to you! I am also a harmonica player!

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