Learn to Play Blues Harp Harmonica

September 2009

Archive For September 2009

Junior Wells

Simply one of the greatest bluesmen in history. Listen to the classic Electric Blues sound he helped invent, along with Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf, in Chicago in the 1940s. Wells’ work paved the way for everyone from Eric Clapton to Jimi Hendrix and beyond. His baritone shouts, moans, soars, growls, and pleads; his harmonica […]

James Cotton

  Within the realm of Chicago Blues, there were few harp-blowers more impassioned and soulful than James Cotton. His career began in Memphis where he recorded a few singles for Sam Phillips in the early ‘50s. When Muddy Waters and his band came to town, James Cotton ended up taking the place of Little Walter. […]

Little Walter

  Before Little Walter, the harmonica was just an instrument for accompaniment on the back porch. Little Walter changed the instrument’s role by hooking it up to a microphone and plugging into an amplifier. His tone was thick and fierce, covered in rich distortion and with enough balls to send guitarists and sax players scurrying […]

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