Learn to Play Blues Harp Harmonica
William Clarke


Clarke was a master of the blues harmonica, particularly the chromatic harp, a type of harmonica with a much wider tonal range than a regular one. He was a protégé of the great Los Angeles blues artist and chromatic harp specialist George “Harmonica” Smith. Clarke thoroughly absorbed the Chicago Blues harmonica styles of folks like Little Walter and James Cotton, and then incorporated the influence of saxophone players such as Gene Ammons and David “Fathead” Newman to come up with his own darkly sophisticated, swinging sound. Clarke was also a powerful singer and a songwriter of great originality who carefully sidestepped the usual clichés inherent to the blues form. After twenty years of developing his sound, hard touring, and recording, Clarke died suddenly in 1996 at the age of forty-five. – Tom Heyman

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3 Comments for 'William Clarke'

    September 19, 2009 | 11:49 pm

    William Clarke’s rig?
    Hello. Does anyone know what the late WIlliam Clarke preferred to play through? I mean microphone/amp effects wise.
    I’m shooting for his tone and am not quite cutting it playing through a Victoria 518 with a Brown Biscuit Astatic plugged through a Little Lanilei Reverb Pedal.
    I love my setup, but the tone does not match as well as I would like it to. It sounds like maybe he is playing through a bassman .

    Music Buff (In Training)
    September 20, 2009 | 4:51 am

    The only info I could find was on this site which stated he used "Cheap poorly maintained equipment". Hope this helps a little. Later!
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    September 20, 2009 | 4:53 am

    Go on eBay. Look him up in the music category. Look for anything where the seller is "ginas_zone". Gina is William Clarke’s daughter. Email her and ask if she can help you. Good luck.
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