Sam Smith – Stay With Me (Harmonica Cover by Alex Paclin)

By JP Allen

Written by JP Allen on . Posted in Blog: Harmonica Articles, Harmonica Players, Harmonica Songs

The first time I heard Alex Paclin perform, “Stay With Me” (using a Low F and a G harmonica) I said to myself, “the harmonica world needs to know about this guy.”

Sam Smith – Stay With Me, Tab for Chorus

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To me, Alex is more than a well-cultivated harmonica player; he seems like a natural born musician who could play any instrument. How lucky we are that he chose harmonica.

Granted. This isn’t the blues or rock style harmonica we all know and love, but can you feel something when you listen to Alex play? Am I hallucinating or is this guy the real deal?

Can you take 20 seconds and let me know quick in the comments below?

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Comments (30)

  • Laureen Meyler

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    Absolutely incredible !!!!

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    • Edward James Harmonicakist

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      He’s got his own sound and style and is incredible and I love it reminds me a lot of me and that’s a great song

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      • JP Allen

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        I’m with you Edward.

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m glad you enjoyed Laureen. I’m really happy to see how many people acknowledged Alex’s playing.

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  • Shelby mcdougall

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    Amazing talent. A true testament to the harps versatility across different genres of music.

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    • JP Allen

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      Amen! Good point. I love rock and blues harmonica and I love to see the harmonica used in less frequently used genres.

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  • Jose L Torres-Carmona

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    For years I have try to play the harmonica ..And I a fan of every one that can play it…Love your interpretation of the song…Thanks
    … SABOOORcito

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    • JP Allen

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      Yeah Jose. Solid “interpretation”. It’s as if he’s singing through the harmonica.

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  • Carol

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    He switched harmonicas part way through. I wonder what harps he was using. Nice sound. I like his arrangement.

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey, Carol. I asked Alex to chime in a reply. Hang tight. jp

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    • Alex Paclin

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      The keys of harmonicas were low F and G. Have fun! 😉

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  • Kent

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    Awesome, wish I could play

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey, Kent. If you sign up for my newsletter at Harmonica.com you’ll get a lot of free beginning-level lessons that will get you off to a nice start.

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  • Pay Dave

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    So smooooth. Love it. Thanks for sharing

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    • JP Allen

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      I’ve listened to this performance about 10 times… If I had only one word “smoooooth” might be the word.

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    • JP Allen

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      I hear you Kerry. Me too. 🙂

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  • James

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    I like the beautiful round notes with purpose and sound. Much more a mouth organ sound than just a harmonica . Very good effects. I

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    • JP Allen

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      Funny James… that was the exact thing I pointed out to my wife that I loved about Alex’s performance.

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  • Sid

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    Sweet….Thank you.

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    • JP Allen

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      You’re welcome, Sid.

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  • Jay

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    He’s a clone of Jason Ricci, but boy can he play. I met him down in Mississippi a few yrs ago at hill country harmonica. The boys got some real talent.

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    • JP Allen

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      Being put in the same sentence as Jason Ricci is huge recognition. 🙂 … there’s only one Jason Ricci and I’m excited to see how Alex cultivates his talent over the years.

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  • Jack Coyle

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    Beautiful. Pieces of “Won’t Back Down” here…Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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    • JP Allen

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      Haha. I didn’t hear it the first time I listened, but I just caught the “Won’t Back Down” influence in the chorus. Nice ear Jack!

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  • Laura

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    Very smooth, a moving piece of music!

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  • Steve Dz

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    Zowie got a roundness or sqwuakiness to his sound that I ll be aspiring to. Thinking it has to do with his chamber or vestibule from which his “breath” evolves the sound on the reeds..

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  • Bill

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    More evidence of what this amazing little instrument can do. Blows me away.

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  • Steve

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    Like smooth flowing chocolate! Super nice.

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    • JP Allen

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      Nice description… jp

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