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Harp all you want - Harmonica Players do.

The harmonica, also known as a pocket piano, a harp, a french harp, a blues harp and a tin sandwich is very popular for being used as an accompaniment with the guitar and other stringed instruments. It's also popular because of it's portability and unique sound.

 

This unique little instrument originated in the early 1800s. There are a multitude of types of harmonicas today in various keys and hole configurations.

 

This group is for those that play the harmonica with their guitars or other instruments or play the harmonica by itself.

 

All are welcome from beginners to advance and those wanting to learn. Let's talk harmonicas, accessories, songs and share tips and information.

 

Photo credit: file is licensed under the Creative Commons license and is from the Wikimedia Commons.

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Neil Young's harp rig 3 Replies

Does anyone use a wireless set-up like Neil Young's to sing/blow harp through? If so, how well does it work on balancing your voice's volume to that of the harmonics's?Continue

Started by Terry Allan Hall. Last reply by GNuck Jan 19, 2013.

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Comment by Jim Yates on January 22, 2016 at 11:33am

John Sebastian Sr. - Maleguena

I must admit that my favourite Chromatic harp players are Toots Thielman and Stevie Wonder, but here's a taste of John Sebastian Sr.

Comment by Jim Yates on January 22, 2016 at 11:24am

Remember when "albums" really were "albums'.  The records (78rpm or 45rpm) came in a book with envelopes for the records, like a photo album.
This one I found at a flea market is by a classical harmonica player named John Sebastian.  His son, also named John Sebastian, grew up to become a blues harp player and was a charter member and lead singer in The Lovin' Spoonful.

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 29, 2015 at 8:13am

I was curious when Hohner decided to attach a price premium to their marque. Other brands are still in the $5-10 range.

I hope is not attributed to the use of moisture sucking wooden combs..

Checking online we see that in 2010 they were already at $30-50 depending on model while other brands were still 10$

Comment by Robert Williamson on December 23, 2015 at 1:18pm

Comment by Jim Yates on November 24, 2015 at 10:01am Wow, I was just noticing the price of Marine Band harps..

I also noticed.. I still have one of my 1896s still, (I use to have around 5) in A and a huge #365 in C. These were bought back in my Dylan/Ochs phase,, you might call them vintage :) Doubt if i paid much more than $5-$10 each

I saw 1896's over 70 CDN! online. Even Steve's are over 65$ https://www.stevesmusic.com/harmonicas/hohner-marine-band-c

I wonder if modern ones will last over 50 years as mine have?

Comment by Jim Yates on November 24, 2015 at 10:03am

I just re-read my post from January 25, 2015.  The significance of the recording in question is that it was Bob Dylan's recording debut, backing Harry Belafonte on mouth harp.

Comment by Jim Yates on November 24, 2015 at 10:01am

Wow, I was just noticing the price of Marine Band harps and it seems they (and all Hohners) have really gone up in price.  Over $60.  They're now more expensive than Lee Oskars.
I recall buying my brother and his friend mouth harps when they went overseas in 1967.  Two Marine Bands set me back $5.00.
I used to get one in my stocking every year.

Comment by Jim Yates on September 6, 2015 at 2:51pm

To Tell The Truth     Remember this old TV show? 

Comment by Jim Yates on January 25, 2015 at 9:49am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRVlYpDAOEI#t=46
Can you guess what significance this recording has?

Comment by Jim Yates on April 16, 2014 at 11:11pm

Here's the late, great Willie P Bennett, my favourite diatonic harp player.  His mom gave me a few of his harps when he passed and I'm hoping they still possess his mojo.  He was a lot of fun to play with and was a good friend and mentor to both of my sons. 

http://youtu.be/_F60DwKOZkU

Comment by Jim Yates on July 14, 2013 at 9:20pm

I have a plastic box that I bought at Canadian Tire (a Canuck hardware store that used to deal in automotive parts and smelled like tires, but now deals in everything and smells like potpourri).  It was meant for storing nuts and bolts, but happens to hold 6 harps and fits in a guitar or banjo case.
This old Elton rack has been bent so that it hits my mouth at a right angle.  My other Elton rack has been bent the same way and has had lock washers added, plus an elastic band from a brocolli bunch that I use to hold an ACME siren whistle that I use to kick off solos.  I got this idea from multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk.

 

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