Big Sale on Harmonica Lessons with Howard Levy!

For many years I’ve been a fan of harmonica great Howard Levy. Of course for his mastery at playing the harmonica but also because he is so melodic whether playing harmonica, piano, ocarina or any other of the many instruments he plays. He seems to have gone beyond the limitations of the instrument to create […]

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History Of The Blues Harmonica Concert

A few days ago I purchased and downloaded a really good recording called The History Of The Blues Harmonica Concert. It is a great overview of blues harmonica playing from before WWII up into modern times. Put on in 2007 at the Harmonica Masterclass and released in 2010 it features a few great harmonica teachers. […]

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Skype harmonica lessons

I am now teaching harmonica lessons over Skype! It has been going well so far and while not quite as good as in person lessons, the video lessons can impart a lot more information than a sheet of tablature. I’ll be posting an information page soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in Skype […]

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Gazell Method Seydel Half Valved Harmonicas

A few months ago I purchased some Seydel harmonicas. I bought 3 half valved harps from  PT Gazell  and after spending some time playing them I can honestly say I really like them. I purchased a “C” 1847 silver, “Bb” Session Steel and a Low Db Session Steel. As someone who has a love/hate relationship […]

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How I Spent my Summer Vacation

I just got back from a fantastic week at Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp. SK Acoustic Kamp This was my second year at the Kamp and it was great. Unfortunately a harmonica class is not offered…yet but you never know. Bluegrass is the focus of the week I was at the Kamp. I play several instruments including […]

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Charlie McCoy solo on Waltz Across Texas

Here’s an easy Charlie McCoy harmonica solo on the Ernest Tubb song Waltz Across Texas. To play it you will need a diatonic harmonica in the key of D and country tuned. Country tuning is simply the 5th hole draw note raised a half step. When played in crossharp, this note is changed from the […]

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Easy Harmonica Songs to Play

I thought in this post I would continue where I left off in Play me A Song And Don’t Be A Foot Shuffler and put up a few songs that are not only easy to play on the harmonica but are important songs to know. They are perfect songs to play when asked the dreaded question…”can […]

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Play Me A Song and Don’t Be a Foot Shuffler

How about playing a song for us! How many times have you heard that! There are two things you can do at this moment, shuffle your feet and mumble some excuse about not knowing what to play OR  take charge of the moment and play a song that will put a smile on everyone’s face […]

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7 Reasons Why Playing The Harmonica Is Awesome

I was playing my Hohner Marine Band Crossover today working out a cool Sonny Terry riff. If you haven’t heard of Sonny Terry, check him out. There is a lot of material on youtube and other sites. As I was practicing, I started thinking about what a great little musical instrument the harmonica is. Then […]

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I Don’t Want To Sound Like Every Other Harmonica Player

As a harmonica player, it’s easy to get caught up in listening only to a few favorite blues harp players. We all have our favorites mine being, William Clarke, Little Walter, Jerry Portnoy, Big Walter Horton Adam Gussow and a few others. If I only listened to these great blues harmonica players and no others, […]

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