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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@allaboutharmonicas.com

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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

John Popper Blues Traveler Band!

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I’m going to be talking about a harmonica player, vocalist, and guitarist, who is the front man in a rock band, and known for his virtuoso music, harmonica playing. The famous, “John Popper” born on March, 29th 1967′ in Chardon, Ohio.

He was raised in Stamford, Connecticut, and went to Princeton High School, and graduated in 1986′ where he studied Cello, Piano, and Guitar, but none of those instruments, did anything for him, so practice, was a chore, not a pleasure.

He used humor, to avoid bullies, and make friends, so at first he was going to pursue, a career as a comedian, but when him, and his friends, did a Blues Brothers routine, he realized that music was his passion, and that’s when he pursued the harmonica.

He played trumpet in the high school band, as I did also, in my high school band. He convinced the music teacher, to let him do a solo, on a harmonica, instead of playing the trumpet, and he tore that solo up on the harmonica, an amazed the music teacher, and all the other students.

Pursuing the harmonica, turned out well for John Popper. He started several bands, with friends in Princeton, New Jersey, which over the years turned into the Blues Traveler Band. In 1987′ the band signed, their first record contract,  in October of 1992′ “John Popper” was in a motorcycle accident, that put him in a wheelchair for months, but that didn’t stop him, from his love for performing.

He still toured with the band, and endured the pain, because it was his passion. John Popper favorite harmonicas, are the Hohner Special 20 brand blues harps, but since 2015, he has been using his own signature harmonicas, made by Fender. John Popper, is known for his lighting speed intricate patterns, with single note playing, on his harmonica. No other harmonica player, can duplicate what John Popper does on the harmonica.

The only harmonica player, that can even come close, is Sugar Blue  which I wrote about him, in an earlier post I did, about Sugar Blue being absolutely amazing! I even have a picture, of Sugar Blue, and John Popper playing together, and they are both wearing, a bandalero of harmonicas.

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Check out this video, of John Popper playing, on the David Letterman Late Night Show.

 

Have you ever heard, a harmonica player like John Popper?

Have you ever heard, of John Popper?

Have you ever heard, of the Blues Traveler Band?

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

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

larry@allaboutharmonicas.com

Have a blessed day!

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