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Best Harmonica Players!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

Best Harmonica Players!

Where do I start, that’s a pretty broad subject, I guess best harmonica players  would depend on the harmonica player, and the kind of music being played. Some of the best harmonica players are Blues players, Country players, Jazz players, and more, styles to come in another post. I’m going to be giving you some familiar names, and faces in all these styles, some you probably new, and some you probably haven’t.

“Blues Players”

“Little Walter” would be at the top of the list, harmonica players for centuries, have been trying to duplicate his sound, very few have been successful.  Little Walter was born 1930′ died 1968′ he was 37yrs old.  I wrote a post earlier on Little Walter, and the kind of harmonica he used, a (Hohner Marine Band) most of the earlier harmonica players used the same harmonica, because that’s what was available back then. I have a video of Little Walter that you can see here>Little Walter

“Sonny Boy Williamson 11” was also at the top of the list for blues players, he also as I stated above played a (Hohner Marine Band), several other Hohner harmonicas like the Big 364, and 365 Marine Band 12 and 14 hole harmonicas to get that big full sound! Sonny Boy Williamson 11 was born 1912′ died 1965 he was 52yrs old.

“Country Players”

“Charlie McCoy” would be at the top of the list, when it comes to country harmonica players. Charlie McCoy has been known as the Godfather of modern bluegrass, and country he has played on dozens of hit records, and has played with the likes of Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and many more. Charlie McCoy was born 1941′ and is still alive at age 74yrs old, and still performing today.

“Mickey Raphael” also known for his country style harmonica, he has been playing in the same band for over 30 yrs, in the Willie Nelson’s Band, Mickey likes to play Marine Bands,  Hohner Special 20’s, and a Big River harmonicas are some of his favorites. Mickey Raphael was born 1951′ and is alive currently, and still performing with the Willie Nelson Band.

“Jazz Players”

“Toots Thielemans” is one of the first choices, when it comes to Jazz harmonica players, Toots Thielemans was a belgian American jazz musician who was known for playing a Chromatic Harmonica , and performed with the Benny Goodman band in 1949′ touring Europe was known for playing  where he got his start playing harmonica. Toots Thielemans was born 1922′ died 2016′ he was 94 yrs. old

“Howard Levy” would be the next choice, of Jazz harmonica players at the top of the list. His style of playing, is Jazz fusion, Latin, Funk, Folk, Blues, Country, Classical Rock, and World Music. Howard Levy is an all around harmonica player, and can play multiple genres as you can see by the long list above. Howard Levy was born 1951′ and is still alive today, and performing, he plays a diatonic harmonica, and can play every note in the chromatic scale on it. Most harmonica players need a chromatic harmonica to play the chromatic scale.

Have you ever heard of Little Walter?

Have you ever heard of Sonny Boy Williamson 11?

Have you ever heard of Charlie McCoy?

Have you ever heard of Mickey Raphael?

Have you ever heard of Toots Thielemans?

Have you ever heard of Howard Levy?

Have you ever heard of any of these styles, on the harmonica?

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

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larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

 

 

The Care of your Harmonica!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

(Take Care of your Harmonica)

I’m going to be talking about harmonica maintenance taking care of your harmonica so that it performs better and is clean inside and out to be able to give you a long enjoyable time with your harmonica. It also allows you to not have to replace your harmonicas so quickly. Just like other wind instruments harmonicas get moisture in them which can create a problem when playing them it also can create rust on the outside cover plate. The best way to keep your harmonica clean while playing it is to tap your harmonica on your hand to get the moisture out then wipe it off with a soft cloth.

Always store your harmonicas in a case the best cases are hard cases to protect your harmonica from the weather and from dropping it and keeping it from dust. If you look into a single case for your harmonica you can choose the one you need they come in hard and soft style if you need a case for more than one harmonica you might want to look into cases for harmonicas in different sizes and styles which can store 12 diatonic a couple of larger harmonicas and even a your microphone it’s a smart investment.

Here’s a picture of a couple of harmonica cases that mentioned above!


Harmonica Case (Hard Style) holds 12 diatonic harmonicas and one Chromatic harmonica
Harmonica Case (Soft Style) ‘holds one diatonic harmonica


Avoid extreme temperatures if you’re using wood comb harmonicas as they are susceptible to temperature change subjected to shrinking and swelling. Plastic combs are more tolerant to weather and temperatures and have a longer lifespan than the wood combs. Avoid excessive moisture (NEVER DUNK YOUR HARMONICAS INTO WATER, BEER OR ANY KIND OF LIQUID!) Even if it’s a plastic comb harmonica it can rust the reed plates, reeds, bolts and screws. Avoid dust and any other particles in your harmonicas dust can interfere with the movement of the reed making it sound different. Never eat and play your harmonicas food particles can clog up your harmonica. Avoid the Beach if possible salty air can cause rust on your reeds which shortens the lifespan of the harmonica.

Routine Cleaning: After playing your harmonica shake it a little bit and tap it against the palm of your hand to knock the moisture out of it wipe it off with a clean soft cloth. Every so often use rubbing alcohol and cotton balls to clean the cover plates and mouthpiece

Heavy Cleaning: 1: Lay a towel down remove cover plate screws some cover plates use Phillips head screws and some use Flat head screws use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws from the cover plates “don’t lose the screws.” Spray both sides of the cover plates with rubbing alcohol then wipe with a clean soft cloth.
2: Remove reed plates: remove screws from the reed plates and place in a safe place for reassembly.

3: Soak the reed plates: soak the reed plates in a solution of warm water and vinegar or lemon juice let soak for a half hour.

4: Clean the comb: while the red plates are soaking clean the comb with soap & water if it’s a plastic comb use a soft toothbrush to remove the deposits off the comb. You can also spray the comb with rubbing alcohol and brush it with a soft toothbrush.

5: Clean the reed plates: Remove the reed plates from the soaking solution use a soft toothbrush to brush the reed plate gently brush the reed plates along the reed from the rivets down don’t brush against the reeds or snag it this can damage the reeds. Then run the reed plates under warm water to rinse it off.

6: Reassemble: Let all parts of the harmonica dry completely before reassembly tighten all the screw evenly and gradually before tightening them as far as they go. make sure you put you put the right screws into the reed plates & cover plates they are different screws.

 

“TAKE CARE OF YOUR INSTRUMENT AND IT WILL HAVE A LONG HAPPY LIFE!”

Please let me know what you think about my post on the care of your harmonica?

Have you ever used any of these suggestions on the care of your harmonica?

How long do your harmonicas last?

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Larry

Instant Harmonica! “Is There Really a Thing?”

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Instant Harmonica”

In this article, I’m going to be talking about instant harmonica is there really such a thing as instant harmonica well some harmonica instructional books claim to be able to make learning harmonica instantly. I’m going to be giving you some examples of what I’m talking about and descriptions and pricing of different books that claim to be instant harmonica.

 

 

(Book). Instant Harmonica is the book that makes learning harmonica fun and easy. In no time at all, students will be blowing a variety of tunes on their harp. The book includes a combination of tablature and EZ-Play notation and over thirty all-time great country and folk songs. Works with any ten-hole harmonica.

 

Here’s another example of a harmonica instruction book that has the title of “How to Play Gospel Harmonica Instantly” this book comes with a DVD and Blues Band Harmonica included in a package deal!

 

his how to play harmonica instantly book is titled “How to play Blues harmonica Instantly” it teaches you how to play blues harmonica comes with a DVD and a Blues Band Harmonica included.

 

This how to play harmonica instantly is a book that teaches you how to play country harmonica and is titled “How to Play Country Harmonica Instantly” comes with a DVD and a Blues Band harmonica included. As you can see the last three books are the same publisher. This is one of the books I started first with but back then it was just a “How to Play Harmonica Instantly” no DVD or Blues band Harmonica included with it. If you would like to see more books that are offered then click here>harmonica books

I hope this article helped you out on understanding a little bit more about “How to Play Harmonica Instantly” and the books and other material that are offered through my website and here’s a link to an earlier post I did about harmonica books>Harmonica Books!

Have you seen harmonica books?

Have you used a harmonic book?

What kind of book did you learn from?

Have you seen any of these books that I show above?

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

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larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Harmonica Lessons! Books, Online or Private Lessons!

 

 

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

(Harmonica lessons) “Where do I Start”

Hello harmonica Lovers, harmonica lessons are a very interesting  and broad subject. There’s a lot to choose from starting with simple books that are very informative and cost effective you can get them from your local retailer or online through my website right here>harmonica books some examples would be”Harmonica for Dummies” by Winslow Yerxa  $17.99 or Harmonica for Beginners kit 64 page book, (10) hole harmonica & Instructional CD for $9.01. Books come in different styles of harmonica Playing like Blues, Country, Rock, Bluegrass, Jazz & Classical. Online courses can be accessed for “Free” Through different Instructors a couple of examples would be JP Allen and Howard Levy  or you can purchase more in depth courses on online to further your skills. You can also choose to have an Professional Instructor teach you 1 on 1 which is probably one of the fastest ways to learn but not as cost effective here’s an earlier post i did on harmonica lessons what’s hot & what’s not that you can check uot here>Harmonica Lesson! 


 

 

Hohner Kids PL-106 Musical Toys Play and Learn Harmonica
Harmonica For Dummies


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Have you ever taken harmonica lessons?

Did you know about harmonica lessons?

Did you know about the different ways of lessons?

Have you ever used any of these methods to learn to play the harmonica?

Would you consider purchasing a harmonica book or DVD from my website?

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larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

“Harmonica Cases” – (Affordable Cases that protect your Harmonica!)

 

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

Harmonica Cases” 

I’m going to be talking about harmonica cases they come in many shapes, size’s ,prices styles and colors from small cases that hold one harmonica in them to cases that hold multiple harmonicas in them there’s cases for every situation, whether you have one harmonica or multiple harmonicas. There’s soft cases in different kinds of material and hold different amounts of harmonicas and there’s hard cases also it all depends on what your needs are or if you need a cases for Gigs there’s plenty to check out here>harmonica cases .

The benefit of harmonica cases are they keep your harmonica clean which is essential being that harmonicas are wind instruments. Other benefits are they protect your harmonica from the elements of weather and make it easier to carry.

Here’s a couple of examples of harmonica cases that you can purchase right here through my website just click on the image below for pricing and descriptions.


Hohner Zippered Harmonica Case
Hohner Harmonica Hard Case that holds up to 12 ten hole diatonic harmonicas
Hohner Piedmont Blues Harmonica Set Soft Case holds 7 harmonicas included


Here’s another example of a affordable single harmonica case that you can purchase here through my website. 


Have you ever seen any of these harmonica cases?

Have you ever purchased a harmonica case?

What kind of a harmonica do you use now?

Would you consider purchasing a harmonica case through my website?

If you need help finding anything related to harmonicas please ask me for help I’m here for you to answer your questions and concerns.

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Larry

 

 

 

 

More Famous Harmonica Players

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I have some more examples of Famous Harmonica Players that I’m going to be talking about here. I’m sure everyone has heard of the famous harmonica player Bob Dylan born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941 is an American singer-songwriter, his recording career spans 50 years. His songwriting and performing cover a lot of different kinds of music example Folk, blues, Country, Gospel, Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Irish Folk Music to Jazz. He has sold over 100 million records which made him one of the best selling artist of all time. He has received numerous awards including Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Awards  he has been inducted into the (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) and he’s still performing at (age 73).

As you can see in the picture above  (Bob Dylan) is playing a  guitar so his harmonica is in a harmonica holder around his neck so his hands are free to play the guitar. their are other harmonica players such as (Neil Young) who also plays with the harmonica holder around his neck so his hands are free to play the  guitar this harmonica holder is used in folk music a lot.

Here’s a video of Bob Dylan playing the guitar and using the harmonica holder around his neck playing Mr. Tambourine Man in 1964′(Live at the Newport Folk Festival)

 

Have you ever heard of Bob Dylan?

 

More famous harmonica players!

 

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Stevie Wonder”

 

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This post is about more famous harmonica players and one of the greatest and most talented who didn’t let life steal his dream of playing the harmonica and other instruments when he lost his sight at birth was (Stevie Wonder).

Born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13 1950 in Saginaw, Michigan blind because of receiving too much oxygen in the incubator as a premature baby.

Stevie Wonder showed an early gift for music, first with a church choir in Detroit, Michigan where he and his family had moved to when he was only 4 years old.

Singer, Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist. Stevie Wonder made his recording debut at age 12. He taught himself how to play The Harmonica, Piano and Drums all of which he did before the age of 10 years old.

He got signed to a record deal at age 11 with the Motown band the Miracles. Stevie Wonder is still performing currently. Can anyone tell me what it takes to accomplish what Stevie Wonder did with no sight?

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Larry

 

One of the Best “Hohner Harmonicas”

“Hello Harmonica Lovers”

(Hohner Harmonicas)

Like me if you’re looking for a great harmonica at a great price hohner harmonicas are one of best brands out there and one of the most trusted by harmonica lovers all over the world. Some of the most famous harmonica players in the world play hohner harmonicas I have some examples of some of the most well-known players in the world that play hohner harmonicas listed below.


Hohner Marine Band


    • Little Walter- Blues Harmonica
    • John Popper- Rock & Blues Harmonica
    • Charlie McCoy- Country & Blues Harmonica
    • Charlie Musselwhite – Blues Harmonica
    • Paul Butterflied- Blues, Rock & Jazz Fusion Harmonica
    • Bob Dylan- Folk Harmonica
    • Neil Young Folk Harmonica
    • Stevie Wonder- Jazz Chromatic Harmonica

    There are other brands of harmonicas like the Lee Oskar, Suzuki, Seydel  and Huang harmonicas. You will be able to find these products, services, accessories and online courses here on my website.

    Have you ever heard of hohner harmonicas?

    Have you ever played an hohner harmonica?

    Have you ever owned an hohner harmonica?

    Would you consider purchasing a harmonica through my website?

    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