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History Of The Blues Harmonica Concert

26 December 2015

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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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Gazell Method Seydel Half Valved Harmonicas

3 August 2015

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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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Charlie McCoy solo on Waltz Across Texas

8 March 2015

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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

7 March 2015

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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

27 February 2015

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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

20 December 2014

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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

16 December 2014

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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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Blues harp Jamming video featured on Harmonica.com

8 December 2014

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A big thank you goes out to JP Allen for featuring my video on his website! http://www.harmonica.com/joe-stoebenau-48491.html We recorded this several years ago and I remember it being done in one take. One take because it was the middle of summer and the bugs were swarming around us. We couldn’t wait to get out of […]

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Unleash The Musician Within You In 3 Minutes Or Less!

23 September 2013

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Take a look around your house. Can you see your guitar or harmonica? Or, is it stashed in some dark corner never to see the light of day until you mercifully unlock it from it’s confines and let it breathe sweet music into your life. One of the most important keys to playing a musical […]

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The Biggest Harmonica Myth

7 December 2010

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Years ago when the only harmonica worth while for playing blues was the venerable Hohner Marine Band. It sounded great but leaked air around the wood comb which made them play inconsistantly. There were some musicians that would soak their harps in a glass of water and there are even some stories of soaking them […]

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