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Great harmonica players like “Charlie McCoy” known for Country Harp!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Charlie McCoy”

I’m going to be talking about one of the great harmonica players  who is know for country harp but also plays a lot of different styles of harmonica in addition to that he also plays the guitar, Bass and trumpet his name is “Charlie McCoy” who was born Charles Ray “Charlie” McCoy on March 28 1941′ and is still performing today.

Early in Charlie McCoy’s childhood he lived in Miami, Florida with his family his mother bought him a harmonica for a gift for 50 cents Charlie started playing it at age 8 along with the guitar, Bass and trumpet he went on to pursue a career in music.

Charlie McCoy’s first band was a  rock band he played guitar and sang the name of the band was”Charlie McCoy and the Agendas.” When he was 16 years old a friend of his and him went to a Country barn dance radio show called the “Old South Jamboree” in Miami, Florida Charlie’s friend talked to the host of the show about Charlie McCoy performing that night which he did and it went so well Charlie and his rock band got signed to the “Old South Jamboree” the band then went on to enter a rock n roll contest and ended up coming in first place. When Charlie was 18 years old Mel Tillis invited him to Nashville Tennessee in 1959 to future his career he went  to recording companies and producers to promote his music but came up empty handed.

Charlie was devastated when he didn’t get a recording contract in Nashville so he went back to Miami, Florida an enrolled at Miami University and pursued music education as his major and decided to become a music teacher while he was still performing at the “Old South Jamboree.” Charlie McCoy still wanted to pursue a career in music so he went to work as a drummer for the John Ferguson band he had go out and buy a drum set to join them the band didn’t last long and before to long he found himself unemployed for a month until he joined the Stonewall Jackson band as a drummer.

Charlie received  a call from “Jim Denney” a booking agent and told him that Cadence Records had listen to his tape and wanted to sign him Charlie was ecstatic when he heard that Charlies’s first single was cut “Cherry Berry Wine” it reached 99 on the Billboard charts in Nashville.  Jim Denny told Charlie to keep playing the harmonica and do demo sessions.

In 1961 “Chet Atkins” heard Charlies MCcoy’s demo tape and hired him right away. Charlie’s first recorded harmonica song was “I Just Don’t Understand” by Ann Margret for RCA records then another lable heard about Charlie McCoy’s harmonica playing and he played harmonica for the “Roy Orbison band” on the song “Cand Man” it was a million dollar seller Charlie became very ppopular as a studio harmonica player and his album “Good Time Charlie” was No. 1 on the Billboard country charts in 1970’s.

Charlie McCoy did over 400 studio sessions a year he also won 2 CMA Awards  and 7 ACM Awards. Charlie went on to play for other acts such as Johnny Cash, Steve Miller band, Perry Como, Joan Baez, Elvis Presley, Ringo Starr and more.

Charlie McCoy started out playing the Marine Bands and the Hohner Old Standby harmonicas which you can see a description, pricing and purchase them right here through my website and Amazon.

Charlie McCoy’s Custom Harmonica                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Here’s a video of Charlie McCoy  playing 2 harmonicas on “Orange Blossom Special”

Have you ever seen Charlie McCoy?

Have you ever heard Charlie McCoy?

Did you know that Charlie played more than the harmonica?

Have you ever heard Orange Blossom Special by Charlie McCoy?

Did you know that he plays 2 harmonicas on the song Orange blossom Special?

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Have a blessed day!

Larry

“Carey Bell” One of the best harmonica players!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Carey Bell”

Carey bell was born in Macon, Mississippi as “Carey Bell Harrington” in 1936′ he died in 2007′ of heart failure he was one of the best harmonica players of all times and played a Hohner Super 64 chromatic harmonica.  When Carey Bell was growing up as a child he was very interested in the saxophone because of what he heard from a great saxophone player at that time named “Louis Jordan.” Carey Bell really wanted a saxophone but his families income wasn’t enough at the time to buy him a saxophone so they settled on a “Mississippi Saxophone” better known as the harmonica. It wasn’t long before Carey Bell was listing to the great blues harmonica players like Big Walter Horton, DeFord Baily, Sonny Boy Williamson 11 and Little Walter just to name a few. Carey Bell was already an accomplished harmonica player by the age of 8 he went on to join a blues band with his Godfather who played piano and Carey Bell played bass guitar and harmonica at the age of 13.

In 1956′ Carey Bells Godfather “Lovie Lee” asked him to go to Chicago with him. After being in Chicago for a short period of time he went to go see “Little Walter” perform and was blown away by his harmonica playing he stuck around after the concert just hoping that he might be able to even meet Little Walter which he did meet Little Walter and Walter gave him some playing tips on how to play the harmonica this really excited Carey Bell made him more determined to perfect his playing style to sound like the greats.

Carey Bells main harmonica instructor was “Big Walter Horton” having learned from some of the great blues harp players he pursued playing harmonica while in Chicago but not much of an opportunity for harmonica players at the time so he played the bass guitar and the harmonica in several bands on the West Side of Chicago with the likes of Eddie Taylor and Royal Johnson in 1960’s.

In 1969′ he toured Europe with the American Folk Blues Festivals and had an opportunity to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Carey Bell went on to play with Muddy Waters inn 1970.’ He went on to played with the (Chicago Blues All Stars) led by Willie Dixon.

In the 1980’s Carey Bell continued to record for different labels. In !990′ Bell teamed up with Junior Wells, James Cotton and Billy Branch to record the album “Harp Attack” which I used to practice to first starting to learn to play the harmonica on cassette tapes. Now because of high tech you can pull “Harp Attack” up on YouTube one of the best harmonica recordings of some of the Greatest Blues harmonica Players of all time.

Here’s a video of “Harp Attack”

Have you ever seen Carey Bell?

Have you ever heard Carey Bell?

Did you know who Carey Bell was?

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Larry

“James Cotton blues harmonica player”

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“James Cotton”

Here’s another great blues harmonica player that you probably have heard of before.

“James Cotton” as most harmonica players knew him, was born James Henry Cotton. Born July 1st,  1935, died March 16, 2017 at the age of 81. James Cotton was originally a drummer but is famous for his blues harmonica playing.  James Cotton first started playing with a lot of great blues artists. In 1950 early in his career, he went on to professionally play the blues harp for the “Howlin Wolfs Band”. In 1955 he was asked to play harmonica for the “Muddy Waters Band”. James Cotton became the bandleader of the Muddy Waters Band and stayed with them until 1965. His career continued as he then formed the “Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet”.  Between gigs with his quartet, he produced recordings for the Muddy Waters Band.  After the “Jimmy Cotton Blues Quartet” he formed a touring group named “Electric Flag”. James Cotton (called Cotton by his friends)  was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters who grew up in the cotton fields working beside their mother, Hattie, and their father, Mose. On Sundays Mose was the preacher in the area’s Baptist church. Cotton’s earliest memories include his mother playing chicken and train sounds on her harmonica and for a few years he thought those were the only two sounds the little instrument made. His Christmas present one year was a harmonica, it cost 15 cents, and it wasn’t long before he mastered the chicken and the train. King Biscuit Time, a 15-minute radio show, began broadcasting live on KFFA, a station just across the Mississippi River in Helena, Arkansas. The star of the show was the harmonica legend, Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller). The young Cotton pressed his little ear to the old radio speaker. He recognized the harmonica sound AND discovered something – the harp did more! Realizing this, a profound change came over him, and since that moment, Cotton and his harp have been inseparable – the love affair had begun. Soon he was able to play Sonny Boy’s theme song from the radio show and, as he grew so did his repertoire of Sonny Boy’s other songs. Mississippi summers are ghastly, the heat is unrelenting. He was too young to actually work in the cotton fields, so little Cotton would bring water to those who did. When it was time for him to take a break from his job, he would sit in the shadow of the plantation foreman’s horse and play his harp. His music became a source of joy for his first audience. James Cotton’s star began to shine brightly at a very early age.

By his ninth year both of his parents had passed away and Cotton was taken to Sonny Boy Williamson by his uncle. When they met, the young fellow wasted no time – he began playing Sonny Boy’s theme song on his treasured harp. Cotton remembers that first meeting well and says, “I walked up and played it for him. And I played it note for note. And he looked at that. He had to pay attention.” The two harp players were like father and son from then on.

There were dozens of juke joints in the South at the time and Sonny Boy played in nearly every one in Mississippi and Arkansas. Now he had an opening act! Because Cotton was too young to go inside he would “open” for Sonny Boy on the steps of these juke joints, sometimes making more money in tips outside than Sonny Boy did at the gig inside.

After a gig early one morning Sonny Boy split for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to live with his estranged wife, leaving his band to Cotton who comments, “He just gave it to me. But I couldn’t hold it together ’cause I was too young and crazy in those days an’ everybody in the band was grown men, so much older than me.”

There was no one to care for the teenager – no real home to go to – but young Cotton had his harmonica. Beale Street in Memphis was alive with the blues and Cotton played on the street for tips. Also, he put a mean shine on any paying customer’s shoes. When he’d been with Sonny Boy, they had played a juke joint named “The Top Hat” in Black Fish, Arkansas. One night he heard Howlin’ Wolf was playing there and he decided it was time to meet him. He was still underage but the owner let him through the door this time. He liked the young musician plus he knew if Cotton sat in with Howlin’ Wolf the good times would roll even farther, deep into the night. Cotton got along well with Howlin’ Wolf from the moment they met and they began to play the juke joints as far north as Caruthersville, Missouri, and as far south as Nachez, Mississippi, with Cotton doing most of the driving down old Highway 61. He learned the ways of the road from a second blues legend.

At the ripe old age of 15 he cut four songs at Sun Records: “Straighten Up Baby,” “Hold Me In Your Arms,” “Oh, Baby,” and “Cotton Crop Blues.”

KWEM, a radio station in West Memphis, Arkansas, directly across the Mississippi River from Memphis, gave Cotton a 15-minute radio show in 1952. This was a great achievement for a bluesman who was only 17 years old. It gave him a wider audience; not everyone went to juke houses, but the radio was on everyday from 3-3:15 p.m. Mississippi and Arkansas held the very essence of the blues in their cotton fields. People wanted to hear their own music.

Cotton had gigs every weekend but to help support himself better he found a job in West Memphis driving an ice truck during the week. When he got off work one Friday afternoon in early December 1954, he walked to his regular Friday happy hour gig at the “Dinette Lounge” and played his first set. The club was getting crowded and he recognized many familiar faces but when the band took a break, a strange man approached and extended a handshake to Cotton saying, “Hello, I’m Muddy Waters.” He’d heard about the young James Cotton. “I didn’t know what Muddy looked like but I knew it was his voice ’cause I’d listened to his records,” says Cotton. Muddy needed a harp player. Junior Wells had abruptly left the band. He asked Cotton to play the Memphis gig with him. The answer is history. Cotton remained Muddy’s harp player for 12 years.

Chess Records kept Little Walter (Jacobs) playing harmonica on Muddy’s records until 1958. Before then Muddy asked Brother Cotton to “play it like Little Walter” – note for note live on stage every night. But that wasn’t Cotton’s aim in life and finally one day he said to Muddy, “Hey man, I never will be Little Walter. You’ve just got to give me a chance to be myself.” Cotton’s star shined even brighter in 1958 when he began recording at Chess Records with Muddy on “Sugar Sweet” and “Close To You.”

Cotton developed an arresting stage presence which Muddy recognized. As a sideman, Cotton always respected Muddy’s position of authority. But they both knew Cotton had his own full-blown brand of animated showmanship that no one had ever seen before and that, coupled with his own harmonica style, commanded attention from the audience. In 1961 at the Newport Jazz Festival one of the highlights of his career came when his wild harmonica exploded on stage during his solo of the song he arranged for Muddy, “Got My Mojo Working.” You be the judge! Fortunately, the tape was running and the recording belongs to all of us.

“Muddy was a very sweet guy. I loved and respected Muddy very much. But I did all I could there, an’ it was time to move on to something else,” Cotton explains why he left the band in the latter part of 1966.

The year 1967 is well-documented as Cotton’s first year as a bandleader with the two CD’s “Seems Like Yesterday” and “Late Night Blues” recorded live in Montreal at the “New Penelope” club and unreleased until 1998 on the Justin Time label. It was the first gig on the first tour of the first James Cotton Blues Band. From that night forward Cotton embarked on tours all across the country. He had crossed over into the blues-rock genre because of his reputation as Muddy Waters’ harp player. During the last half of the 60’s decade Cotton made four records. “Cut You Loose” was released on Vanguard, “Pure Cotton,” “Cotton In Your Ears,” and “The James Cotton Blues Band” were released on the Verve label.

 

Have you ever seen James Cotton?

Have you ever heard James Cotton?

Did you know he was taught by Sonny Boy Williams?

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Larry

 

Blues Harmonica Player!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about a blues harmonica player one that if you know anything about blues harmonica players then you will probably know who I’m going to be talking about he performed at “Woodstock” in the 1960’s. Born December 17th 1942′ Paul Vaughn Butterfield was an American blues singer and harmonica player who grew up jamming with “Muddy Waters” in Chicago at jam sessions. After a lot of jam sessions Paul Butterflied was ready to perform with his fellow musician friend Elvin Bishop.

“Paul Butterfield”

Paul Butterfield formed his own band called “the Paul Butterfield Blues Band” in 1963′ and did several albums with that band in the late 1960’s.  The Paul Butterfield Blues Band went on to perform on the festival circuit in New York City, San Francisco, Canada but the festival that the Paul Butterflied blues band is so famous for is “Woodstock.” The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was known for electric Chicago blues mixed with rock and jazz fusion that very few bands in that era were known for in 1960’s.

The band broke up in 1971′ but Paul Butterfield formed another band called Paul butter field’s Better days and continued to tour with his friend and mentor “Muddy Waters.” Paul Butterfield was known and still known as one of the best blues harmonica players in his era. Paul Butterfield was inducted into the (Blues Hall of fame) in 2006′

Paul Butterfield died in 1987′ due to a heroin overdose at age 44 years old. He is greatly missed today but you can experience his music and his amazing harmonica playing on videos.

I have an example of Paul Butterfield performing in a video below that you can check out!

In this video Paul Butterfield is playing a Hohner Marine Band that you can see and purchase here through my website click here>hohner marine band.

 

Did you know who Paul Butterfield was?

Have you ever seen Paul Butterfield?

Have you ever heard Paul Butterfield play harmonica?

Did you know that Paul Butterfield learned to play the harmonica from Muddy Waters?

Have you ever heard of Muddy Waters the harmonica player?

Have you ever heard muddy Waters play harmonica?

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Have a blessed day!

Larry

 

 

Harmonica History Beginnings!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about the harmonica history and where the harmonica first came from. The harmonica began in china with an instrument called the Sheng which had 17 pipes with a long curved mouthpiece designed with bamboo reeds and metal reeds one of the oldest instruments from china that dates back to 1100 BCE which is sometimes an abbreviation used in place of B.C. it’s meaning is “before the Common Era.”

The Sheng was used as an instrument that accompanied other instruments on solos. It was used in Chinese Opera and in large Chinese Orchestras both for accompaniment and melodies. The Sheng is still being used today with some modern changes made to it increasing the pipe to 32 making a bigger air chamber that changes the tone allowing you to play chords and harmonies on the instrument.

I show you an example of the Sheng in the picture below.

 




In the 19th century the first harmonica was manufactured by a German harmonica designer named Matthias Hohner and founder of the hohner harmonicas which is still one of the No. 1 harmonica manufactures in the world today.

The harmonica was first known as the French harp or mouth organ as it’s known is a free reed instrument played worldwide in all type of music.

Have you ever heard of a Sheng?

Have you ever seen a Sheng?

Did you know what a Sheng was?

Do you know about harmonicas?

Have you ever heard of Matthias Hohner?

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Larry

 

Country Blues Harmonica!

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I’m going to be talking about country blues harmonica and when it’s used and who uses it. Country Blues is acoustic guitar driven blues accompanied by the harmonica became called (folk blues) and targeted the audience of the white college age population. Then in the 1960s soul, rhythm and blues came on the scene and blues harmonica players like Sonny Boy Williams 11 now became known as folk blues artist. Another country blues harmonica player named “Sonny Terry” performed with a guitar player named “Brownie McGhee” and toured the folk festival circuit calling themselves (Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee).

There are a lot of different styles of country blues harmonica just to a name a few would-be Memphis blues, Texas blues, West Coast blues, Swamp blues, Delta blues, Kansas City blues, and hill country blues and more.

Country Blues Harmonica is different from Country Harmonica the difference between the two are that in Country Blues Harmonica you are playing in the “Cross Harp Position” using a lot of lower end bend on the harmonica drawing with your breath on holes 1-6 and in Country Harmonica you’re playing in the “Straight Harp Position” using a lot of melodies and blow notes and your bends are usually at the  upper end of the harmonica holes 7-10 drawing in with your breath I wrote an earlier post on different positions on the harmonica that you can access here>Harmonica Beginners!

Here is a list of a couple of Country Blues harmonica players!

    • Deford Bailey (born December 14th 1899 – July 2nd 1982) he was an early blues country harmonica player from Tennessee.
    • John Cephas (born September 4th 1930- March 4th 2009) He was a singer, guitar player and harmonica player in the Piedmont blues style.
    • Little Buddy Doyle (March 20 1911- ?) he was a Memphis blues style and country blues harmonica player who was a singer, harmonica and guitar player.
    • Sonny Boy nelson (born December 23rd 1908- November 4th 1998) he played a lot of different instruments like the banjo, harmonica, guitar, mandolin and the violin.
  • Here’s a video of “Country Blues Harmonica” that you can hear and see below.

The harmonica being used in this video is a Hohner Marine Band Crossover that you can purchase and see here>Hohner Crossover 

Have you ever heard Country Harmonica?

Have you ever heard of Country Blues Harmonica?

Have ever heard any of the Country Blues Harmonica players I listed?

Have you ever played Country Blues Harmonica?

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Larry

 

Harmonica Beginners!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Harmonica Beginners” Starting off Right!

(Choosing your first Harmonica)

 

I’m going to be talking about harmonica beginners and how to get started the correct way.  To start with to learn how to play the harmonica as a beginner you need to choose a quality harmonica and spend a few more dollars than trying to buy and learn from a cheap harmonica.

Harmonicas that are less expensive tend to be not airtight which makes them harder to play and harder to learn on.  Harmonicas that are a little bit more expensive are airtight and designed to be more comfortable in your mouth to play because of the curved cover plates and the flush design on the face of the harmonica it makes it mustache friendly also. The harmonica I would suggest for you to purchase is a Hohner Special 20 key of C which you can purchase right here through my website click here>hohner special 20 if you decide you would prefer a different harmonica rather than the one that I suggested you can also find those through this link> harmonicas.

(Holding the Harmonica)

When you’re holding the harmonica in your hand you want to make it feel comfortable in your hand which I wrote in an earlier page about the proper way to hold the harmonica with pictures  and instructions that you can see here>Hand Positions for Holding a Harmonica!

 

Step 1 correct

Step 2 correct

 

Step 3 correct mouth over the harmonica
Step 4 incorrect mouth in front of the harmonica

(First position playing on the Harmonica)

Everyone that starts to learn to play the harmonica for the first time starts right here with first position playing which is also called (Straight Harp) meaning that you blow most of the notes when you’re playing in the harmonica. You start playing simple songs like “row row row your boat” and “Mary had a little lamb” simply songs like those you learn chords and single note playing which I wrote an earlier post on learning to play the harmonica that you can see here>Learn Harmonica!

(Straight Harp)

Howard Levy teaching you how to play the first song you need to learn when starting out to play the harmonica “Row, Row, Row, Your Boat.”

(Second position playing on the Harmonica)

This position of playing the harmonica is often referred to as (Cross Harp) meaning that you draw most of the notes instead of blowing the notes on the harmonica which allows you to do more on the harmonica like bending notes which is what you hear a lot of blues harmonica players doing using this technique. You can bend notes in first position also but it not used as much as it is in blues music. Other styles of music other than blues like country or rock use the second position playing as well. There are more positions on the harmonica but those are more advanced and I will be talking about the other positions of playing the harmonica in a future post.

 

(Cross Harp)

This is a training video on how to play in the cross-harp position or second position playing.

Have you ever wanted to play the harmonica?

Did you know about the different positions of playing a harmonica?

Have you ever heard the term Straight Harp playing?

Have you ever heard the term Cross Harp playing?

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Larry

 

Famous Harmonica Player?

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I’m going to be talking about a very famous harmonica player in the harmonica world that you may have heard of or possibly not heard of he is famous for his unique style of playing the Richter tuned diatonic harmonica playing the chromatic scale I explain more about his style of playing below.

“Howard Levy” Harmonica Master

Howard Levy is known for his chromatic playing style on a diatonic harmonica in 1970′ he discovered  techniques on the harmonica called overblow and overdraw which allows him to play the chromatic scale on a Richter tuned diatonic harmonica and play all the missing chromatic notes because of theses techniques.

Howard Levy can plays in a lot of different styles because of his skills such a Classical, Folk, Rock,Jazz, Blues, Latin and World music.  As you can see he covers about every style there is to play the diatonic harmonicawhich most other harmonica players stick to one style or the other like Blues or Country.

Here’s a video interview on Howard Levy the Master of the Harmonica!

 

 

Have you ever heard of  Howard Levy?

Have you ever seen Howard Levy?

Have you ever heard of the  overblow technique?

Have you ever heard of the overdraw technique?

Have you ever used these techniques?

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Folk Harmonica!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about folk harmonica which is played in what is called the first position on a harmonica. This style of playing the harmonica is called straight harp and the harmonica is in the same key as the guitar or the song being played.

So, for example if the guitar or song is in the key of G the harmonica is also in the key of G. In first position or straight harp as it called in the harmonica world you blow most of notes and your home note or root note is hole 4 blow which can also be played as a chord. Blow note hole 4 is your home note that you use on the major diatonic scale and play do, re, me starting with blow hole 4 then you work around the home note to give the music some flare then go back to the home note blow 4 as you’re playing the melody.

The ten hole diatonic harmonica is used the most in folk music in North America and also found in Celtic and English music.

Some of the well known harmonica players that use this style are “Bob Dylan” and “Neil Young” which I’m sure you have probably heard of before. These two harmonica players are the most well known for first position playing.

They are other harmonica players that use this style as well but not as well known as the two I mentioned above. I wrote an earlier post on Bob Dylan that you can check out here>More Famous Harmonica Players

I stated earlier that folk harmonica is mostly blow notes but there are some draw notes involved as well. Some of the draw notes are also called bent notes because you bend the tuning of the reed down to the lower pitched reed. This is done by lowering your jaw and relaxing your mouth which brings the pitch down and is usually done on what is called the  higher register of the harmonica holes 7-10 in first position playing.

I wrote an earlier post on bending which you can check out here>Harmonica Bending! WOW!

Here’s a video of Bob dylan in 1963′ he’s using a harmonica holder around his neck so he  can have his hands free to play the guitar and the harmonica at the same time this is used quite a bit in folk  music.

 

Here’s another video of “Neil Young” using the harmonica holder around his neck also like Bob dylan in the first video playing a folk song that’s called “She Rides a Harley Davidson” 1993′ on the Jay leno show.

 

Some of the harmonicas used in this style of playing are the suzuki folkmaster , Hohner Marine band, Hohner Special 20 and the hohner crossover are just a few of the harmonicas offered for folk harmonica.

Here’s a instruction video on playing in the first position on a harmonica for folk music.

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I hope I’ve helped you to understand a little bit more about folk harmonica and straight harp or first position playing on the harmonica.

Have you ever heard of  folk harmonica?

Have you ever heard of straight harp?

Have you ever heard of first position on a harmonica?

Have you ever heard of Bob dylan?

Have you ever used a harmonica holder to play the guitar and the harmonica at the same time?

Have you ever heard of Neil Young?

Have you used this style of playing?

I would love to get your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and I will reply as soon as possible.

Thank you for visiting my website please come back in the future as I’m always adding new and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

 

 

Play Harmonica like the Greats!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about how to play harmonica like the greats like the title says. To play harmonica like a great harmonica player it takes time, patience and proper instructions to become a great harmonica player.

Every great harmonica player had to start from the beginning just like someone starting out to learn to play the harmonica for the first time. I wrote an earlier post on that subject that you can check out here>Learn Harmonica!

A lot of the earlier great harmonica players from the past didn’t have access to all the great harmonica teaching like they have now because of technology and the internet. Most of the harmonica players back then just learned from trial and error and imitating sounds that they heard on the radio.

Little Walter probably learned to play the harmonica by listening to vinyl records and imitating the other instruments that he heard on the record. Little Walter played a Hohner Marine Band Original 1896 Classic because that is what was available back then in the 1800’s.

Here’s an example of the harmonica he played back then click on the image for pricing! 

Today you can learn to play like the great harmonica players of the past and present by online instructions from professional harmonica instructor’s that can teach you the proper way to learn the harmonica,

You can also go online a bring up videos of great harmonica players and watch and play along with them. But of course to do this you would at least need to know the basics of playing the harmonica which I gave you in a link above in a highlighted text “learn harmonica”.

Here’s a video of Little Walter that you can watch and play to if you have the skills to.

 

This is one of Little Walter’s most famous songs “Juke”

Have you ever hear a great harmonica player?

Have you ever heard of Little Walter?

Have you ever played a Hohner Marine Band Original 1896?

What kind of harmonica do you play?

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Larry