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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?

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

 

 

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?

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

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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Larry

 

 

 

 

 

 

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?

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@allaboutharmonica.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Harmonica Bending! WOW!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about harmonica bending which always seems to be a subject that beginning harmonica players are scared of. Bending notes on a harmonica gives you that bluesy sound out of the harmonica that you hear a lot in blues and rock music.

There are some other kinds of music that use the technique of bending also such as Country Blues, and Jazz which Stevie Wonder who was famous for bending the chromatic harmonica. Normally the diatonic harmonica is the one most used in bending but the chromatic harmonica can be bent also like I talked about earlier with Stevie Wonder I wrote an earlier post about him that you can check out here>More famous Harmonica Players

“Bending”

The technique of bending changes the pressure of the airflow which allows the harmonica player to bend the pitch of the higher tuned reed down towards the pitch of the lower tuned reed.

  • Diatonic Harmonica – holes 1-6 can be bent down by drawing in on the harmonica and holes 7-10 can be bent by blowing on the harmonica.
  • Chromatic Harmonica- holes 1-7 can be bent on draw & blow notes both. Holes 8-11 can only be bent on draw notes.  Hole 12 can only be bent  on blow notes.
  • Draw Bends: Lower your jaw while raising the back of your tongue keeping  the air flow at the back of the tongue.
  • Blow Bends: Lower your jaw while raising the front of the tongue slightly keeping the airflow slightly behind the teeth.  

The hole that can be  bent the most is hole 3 on a C harmonica you can draw bend the hole from an Ab down to a G# an in between those notes.

Here’s a video on harmonica bending so you can see and hear an example of bending.

 

 

Have you ever heard of bending on the harmonica?

Have you ever heard a harmonica player do bending 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.

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

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Learn Harmonica!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to be talking about what it takes to learn harmonica and different ways that are available for you to learn. The way that I learned to play the harmonica was by listening to cassettes by all the great harmonica players for hours and hours on end trying to figure out what key of harmonica I needed to play along with them. Then I bought a book called “How to Play Harmonica Instantly” that’s a link to an earlier page that I wrote about Harmonica Books.

To learn harmonica today it’s a lot easier and  faster but you still have to put in the time   effort and practice. But there are a lot of other ways to learn than the way that I had to because of how advanced everything is today with the internet and videos you can now learn from professionals harmonica instructor’s online for free.

Here’s a couple of examples of harmonica books that you can check out below.


How to Play Blues Harp Instantly! DVD, Book & Hohner Harmonica
Hohner Kids PL-106 Musical Toys Play and Learn Harmonica

 

 

 

 

 

 


These are just a few of the books you can purchase right here through my website.


Now I’m going to show you an a how to video on learning to play the harmonica!


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This instructional video is just the first basic lesson in learning to play the harmonica.

I hope this post has helped you to better understand on what it takes to learn to play the harmonica.

Have you ever seen any of these way of learning to play the harmonica?

Have you ever seen either of the books above that I showed you?

Have you ever used any of these ways on learning to play 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.

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

larry@allaboutharmoncas.com

Have a blessed day!

Larry

Harmonica Lessons!

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

This post is going to be on harmonica lessons. I wrote a post earlier on harmonica lessons, which I talked about the difference between, when I first started to play the harmonica there was no internet, or free online courses like they offer now. The way that I learned how to play the harmonica, was from a book, with lot’s of practice, patience, and time with my own motivation.

Now because of technology, and the internet it’s a lot easier to learn faster with less bad habits, and professional instructors teaching online for Free! Yes I said Free! There is a lot of free professional instructor courses online, that also offer the ability to purchase online courses with CD Packs so you can practice over, and over at you own pace.

One of my earlier post talks about what’s Hot, and what’s Not! You can check that out right here>harmonica lessons     

The harmonica book that I learned from is called “How to play the Harmonica Instantly” which I paid $10 for it in the 60’s  the same book is offered now, but comes with a blues harmonica, and a blues CD Pack for $27.99 more money but more value.

The best way to get harmonica lessons if you can afford it, would be with a professional Instructor one, on one, lesson which are usually $100 an hour. That is why most people learn from books, CD’s, or online courses. Some of the lessons that they offer are for beginners to professionals from A-Z they teach you everything from the basics, of  learning simple melodies to playing single notes.

Some of the online instructors are David Barrett, Ronnie Shellist, Jason Ricci, Adam Gussow, Howard Levy, and J.P. Allen which is an instructor that I suggest I purchased a CD lesson Pack thru J.P. Allen that has helped me become a better harmonica player, even after playing for 25yrs.

You can always learn something new, you’re never too old, I’m 65, and still learning new skills on the harmonica.

Have you ever taken harmonica lessons?

Did you know about free online lessons?

Have you ever hear of, any of these harmonica instructor’s?

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, and please com back in the future, as I’m always adding new, and exciting content!

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

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.

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

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


Here’s an offer on a Amazon gift card you can purchase through my website and use it for yourself or purchase something through amazon for someone else. 

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?

I would love to get your feedback on this please leave any comments or questions below and i will replay 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