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“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@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@allaboutharmonicas.com

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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?

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Larry

Review on the original Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic

 

 

Hello Harmonica Lovers!

I’m going to talking about, the (One and Only), “Original Hohner Marine Band 1896  Classic.” This is one of the first harmonicas, that hohner designed, that has been used by professionals, for years, for blues, and other styles, and is still being used today by harmonica players all over the world.

The Hohner Marine Band 1896 classic, has been the standard for harmonica players, for centuries from the birth of the blues. The Marine Band 1896 Classic has been played by iconic figures, such as Little Walter, Paul Butterfield, Bob Dylan, and many more. It still remains the top choice, for the top professional, as well as new musicians around the world.

The Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic harmonica, can be played by beginners, as well as professionals. This harmonica has been  recognized, for its full tone, and distinctive wood comb, that gives it a soft, warm sound. One of the drawbacks on this harmonica, is the construction of it, it has a wood comb, which is affected by temperature change, and cover plates that are not rounded off, so it’s hard on your mouth, when you play it, not a smooth surface.

The other drawback, is that it’s subject to weather change, even under normal conditions, it has the possibility of the wood comb, swelling and shrinking, which changes the sound of the harmonica.

Click on the Image below, to get a full description and pricing!

Original Hohner Marine Band

I stated earlier, that a lot of famous great harmonica players,  still use this harmonica today. All though their has been, a lot of new models, of Hohner harmonicas, that have come out, since the Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic, was first produced, and introduced into the harmonica world back in the 1800’s.

Hohner has a model called the Marine Band Deluxe, which is the step above the original  Marine Band 1896 Classic. it’s a beefed up version of the Marine Band 1896 Classic, and priced a little higher. They have also come out with, the number one choice to replace, the Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic. They named it the “Hohner Crossover” it comes with a bamboo comb, that is sealed, to protect it from swelling and shrinking of the reeds. It’s not affected by weather conditions.

The Hohner Crossover has been designed to play easier, with rounded cover plates, that makes it comfortable to play, and still has a soft warm sound, like the original Marine Band 1896 Classic. Professional Harmonica Instructor’s, are using the Hohner Crossover for teaching, as well as playing it themselves for personal use.

“David Barrett’s” online course, teaches with the Hohner Crossover, it’s the harmonica of choice, for him, and his students. David Barrett use to play, the Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic, before the Hohner Crossover was designed. But now, he uses the Hohner Crossover instead.

Have you ever used, a Marine Band 1896 Classic?

Do you like, the Hohner Marine Band 1896 Classic?

Do you know, any harmonica players, that use the Marine Band 1896 Classic?

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

Different Pricing of Harmonicas

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“Harmonica Prices”

I’m going to talking about the best harmonica for the price depending on the quality and craftsmanship of the harmonica. Harmonicas range from $10 to $100 or more depending on if it’s a custom harmonica which can be more expensive than a manufacture like Hohner or Lee Oskar or Suzuki these brands have harmonicas that are in the range around $60 but purchased through my website they range around $40 so you save money. Ok less talk about the less expensive harmonicas and the craftsmanship and price of these harmonicas.

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A less expensive harmonica would be a Silver Swan diatonic 10-hole harmonica that sells for around $10 with S&H purchased from my website normally around $15. Harmonicas that are less expensive are not airtight which makes them harder to play and you must put more air through them but are still a playable harmonica. It’s all about what you’re looking for in a harmonica and personal choice.

One of my favorite harmonicas and the one I use mostly in my Shows is the Hohner Special 20 Major Diatonic 10- hole harmonica which sells for about $60 but purchased through my website they sell for about $40 you save money again. The Hohner Special 20 is used by Harmonica Great “John Popper” from the (Blues Travelers Band) and other great harmonica players.

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The Special 20 is a Quality harmonica that is airtight and easy to play right out of the box and easy to bend notes this harmonica is used in Rock, Country, Blues & Folk music. I prefer the Hohner Special 20 over the Hohner Marine Band because I perform a lot of shows on the beaches of Florida which has salty ocean air which is not good for your harmonicas especially the Hohner Marine Band because it has a wood comb in it which causes swelling and shrinking where the Hohner Special 20 has a plastic comb and can withstand the elements of the weather better than the wood comb. I covered this in an earlier post about the care of your harmonica!  

The Marine Band 1896/20 named for the year it was brought into the harmonica world famous for its twenty reeds this harmonica has been one of the most popular models from Hohner for years. The Marine Band has a wood comb which I mentioned earlier that can swell and shrink so better used indoors than outdoors. Some of the harmonica greats that play this harmonica are Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young and Little Walter this harmonica is used for Blues and Rock primarily. Over the years Hohner has perfected their craft and introduced several new models that can handle the elements of the weather better such as the Hohner Crossover which has a bamboo comb and is sealed for avoiding moisture which causes swelling and shrinking in the Marine Band. I have an earlier post on Hohner Crossover that you can check out tells you all about the hohner crossover harmonica and all the upgrades that it has and it’s pricing.

Please let me know what you think about the different pricing of harmonicas?

Please let me know what you think about the difference in the qualities of the harmonicas that I talked about?

What kind of price and quality do you prefer in a harmonica?

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

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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