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Harmonica MasterClass (Rob Paparozzi)

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

Rob Paparozzi”? 

Who is Rob Paparozzi? He was born in 1952′ in New Jersey as Robert Steven “Rob” Paparozzi and is still alive today performing at age (64) with his band “Psychotic Blues Band.”  Rob Paparozzi is well known in the harmonica world as a Grammy nominated American harmonica player who plays blues and blues rock who also sings along with being a session harmonica player of all styles blues, rock, jazz, classical, folk, pop, funk and country and records on CD’s and commercials.

Rob Paparozzi was first in interested in the harmonica in the 1960s’ when he heard Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles with harmonica in their music on the radio. Then he heard Paul Butterfield playing the harmonica like it was a Saxophone or a Horn in his band called “Paul Butterfield Blues Band”  which really made Rob Paparozzi want to learn to play the harmonica and make him the Harmonica MasterClass he is today.

So, how come you’ve probably never heard of Rob Paparozzi?

That would be because he primarily played in the New Jersey area he did get to open with his band called the “Psychotic Blues Band” several times for “Bruce Springsteen” in New Jersey. He is also a member of the Original Blues Brother’s Band and lead singer for the famous band called “Blood Sweat & Tears.” In the 1960s’  Rob Paparozzi was interested in the sound of the harmonica when he heard Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and the Beatles music that had harmonica in it on his radio. But he really wanted to learn to plat the  harmonica when he heard Paul Butterfield playing the harmonica like it was a Saxophone or a Horn in his band the “Paul Butterfield Blues Band.”

Rob Paparozzi also has another band called “The Hudson River Rats” and have cut a couple of CD’s in 1994′ and 1999,’ In 2009′ Rob Paparozzi did a solo CD named “Etruscan Soul” Rob Paparozzi is consider one of the Harmonica MasterClass players of all time and has toured with great performers like George Jones, Cyndi Lauper, Dolly Parton, Judy Collins, Whitney Houston and many more…..

Rob Paparozzi has toured with a lot of different artist and styles of music which you can see by all the artist named above.

In 2017′ Rob Paparozzi is currently performing with his band called “Psychotic Blues Band”

Rob Paparozzi started out playing a $2 Hohner Marine Band key of C but when he realized that you have to have different harmonicas for all 12 keys he learned how to play the Chromatic harmonicaand learned all different styles of harmonica from blues to jazz to classical.

Rob Paparozzi & Toots Tillman

Here’s a picture of “Rob Paparozzi” with famous harmonica player “Toot Tillman.”

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a video of Rob Paparozzi 

 

Here’s a video of Rob Paparozzi and “The Husdon River Rats”

Have you ever heard of Rob Paparozzi & The Hudson River Rats?

Have you heard Rob Paparozzi?

Have you ever heard of a Harmonica MasterClass player?

Do you know what a Chromatic harmonica is?

Have you ever played a Chromatic harmonica?

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Larry

 

 

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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If I can help you out in anyway please ask me.

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Larry

Blues harp players “Junior Wells” one of the greats!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

“Junior Wells”

Junior Wells was born in Memphis Tennessee as (Amos Wells Blakemore Jr.) in 1934′ and died in 1998′ he was known for his Chicago style amplified blues harp and vocals that he had developed. Junior wells was known for a couple of very popular songs like (Hoodoo Man Blues) that was one of them but the most famous song was and still is today (Messin with the Kid.)

Junior Wells performed and recorded with a lot of famous blues artist such as Buddy Guy which I show a picture with him below and other great blues harp players like Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker and even the Rock band the Rolling Stones.

Junior Wells learned to play the harmonica by the age of seven from his cousin “Junior Parker” and the famous Sonny Boy Williamson 11 as pictured here. He moved with his mother to Chicago in 1948′ and starting sitting in with local musicians to perfect his harmonica playing but he first performed with a band called “Aces” influenced by “Little Walter” he developed one of the first amplified style harmonica sound that so many harmonica players use today.

Junior Wells made his first recordings in 1952′ where he replaced Little Walter in the Muddy Waters Band. Wells told the following story, printed on the cover of Hoodoo Man Blues: “I went to this pawnshop downtown and the man had a harmonica priced at $2.00. I wanted that harmonica so bad but couldn’t afford it so I got a job on a soda truck played hooky from school  worked all week and on Saturday the man gave me a dollar and a half. A dollar and a half! For a whole week of work. I went to the pawnshop and the man said the price was two dollars. I told him I had to have that harp. He walked away from the counter and left the harp there. So I laid the dollar and a half on the counter and picked up the harp.

Later when my trial came up, the judge asked me why I did it. I told him I wanted that harp. The judge asked me to play it and when I did he gave the man the 50 cents and hollered “Case dismissed!” (1948)

Junior Wells played all different kinds of harmonicas like the Hohner Blues harp and Chromatic  and others but one of his favorite harmonicas was the Lee Oskar harmonicas.

 

Junior Wells was buried with a tray of Lee Oskar harmonicas
If the information on Wikipedia is reliable, the Hoodoo Man was buried in Chicago in 1998 with a tray of Lee Oskar harmonicas by his side.  Lee Oskar confirms that they were good friends and Junior used his harps. He also recalls hearing a story like this at the time, but he can’t remember any details. Then an email was received from Junior’s Family that stated this……

This is to verify that Jr Wells was buried with Lee Oskar harmonicas. I know this to be a fact because I was there at the funeral. Mr. Oskar also played the most beautiful song (solo). I have never heard a harp played that way before. I would like to thank him for being his friend and honoring us with his presence. The reason I know all of this is because Jr. was my dad. I miss him everyday but his fans and friends help keep him alive for our family. May God bless and keep all of you. Thanks Jr’s Family

 

 

Here’s a video of Junior Wells playing harmonica & Buddy Guy on guitar!

Have you ever heard of Junior Wells?

Did you know he was a great harmonica player?

Did you know that he was one of the first amplified harp players?

Did you know that he replaced the Great “Little Walter” in the Muddy Waters Band”?

Did you know that he played Lee Oskar harmonicas?

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larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

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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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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

 

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?

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

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Larry

 

“Amplifiers for Harmonica Microphones”

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to show you how you can get the best amp harmonica quality sound from your Microphone, harmonica  and Amplifier when you put all three together! When your talking about amps,  blues amps come in all shapes, colors, styles and prices. Depending on what your looking for and what style. Most harmonica players want to learn the Blues which has a distorted dirty blues sound like you hear from some of the Great Blues Harmonica Players.

Little Walter (Jacobs)

  1. James Cotton
  2. Sonny Boy Williamson
  3. Junior Wells
  4. George “Harmonica” Smith
  5. Paul Butterfield

Just to Mention a Few!

As I was talking about best Amplifiers for Harmonica Microphones!

Here’s some examples!

  1. “Hoodoo Box 5W Harmonica Tube Amp”

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The Hoodoo Tube Amp is class A, hand wired tube amp combo designed especially for Harmonica Players built to produce the fat distorted tones that come from the electric blues harp sound. This Amp is especially suited to reproduce the entire range of harp tones from growls to soulful wailing….

The Hoodoo Box 5W Harmonica Tube Amp will bring out the best in your harp playing technique as well as your microphone!

  1. 1959 Fender Bassman Tube Amp

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The 1959 fender bassman tube amp has been the standard for harmonica players ever since we’ve had to deal with loud bands in the 60’s. if you have ever played on a stage then you know important it is to hear enough volume coming from your amp to be able to hear yourself… If you can’t hear yourself then it’s hard to play so with a big amplifier that’s not an issue.

At the start of my post I spoke about tying all three Harmonica, Microphone and Amplifier to get the best quality out of your sound!

Here’s some links to the right Harmonicas and Microphones best suited for this Amplifier!

Click Here…..https://allaboutharmonicas.com/best-harmonica-microphone-review

Click Here……..https://allaboutharmonicas.com/hohner-harmonica-review-plus-harmonica-accessories

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larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

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Larry

Harmonica Lesson! What’s Hot & What’s Not!

Hello harmonica Lovers!

Harmonica lesson!

If you’re looking for one they come in all shapes, forms and different prices from free online courses to online courses that you can purchase from professional instructors that include a DVD and a harmonica with it. You can also purchase a harmonica instructional book from a retail store or online that you can teach yourself (That’s the old fashion way!). There are free You tube videos from Amateurs to Professionals Instructors that you can get to teach you the basics of playing a harmonica from Beginner to Intermediate to Advance to professional playing. You can also have a One on One Professional Instructor lesson that’s the best Way!

Let’s look at the pros and cons of each of the examples that I talked about above.

Best: To learn from a professional either online courses that you purchase, which you still must be motivated to do it on your own. Or a   One on One lesson from a Professional Instructor. I took lessons from a professional instructor after playing for 20 yrs. it made an incredible difference in my playing. I have a local accomplished Professional Harmonica Instructor that I would recommend if you want to learn the Best Way to Play a Harmonica. His name is “Joseph Limmer”

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Pros: Learn everything from A-Z on the harmonica and learn faster the correct way to play. When you purchase a course with DVD’s online you always have the lessons to learn from.

Cons: Cost Money some lessons are cheaper than others.

Worst: To buy a book retail or online and try to teach yourself or learn from an Amateurs off You Tube videos.

Pros: Less expensive sometimes no cost.

Cons: You must motivate yourself to learn.
Your learning from nonprofessionals.
You learn bad habits.

Have you thought about harmonica lessons?

Have you ever taken harmonica lessons?

Did you know about harmonica lessons?

Do you know any harmonica instructors?

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

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larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

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Larry

 

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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

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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