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Harmonica Information Websites

Art- Information Use the following links to visit the best harmonica information websites the Internet has to offer. You can also visit our Harmonica Store to purchase recommended instruction books, videos, DVDs, and other harmonica informational items.

The Harp-L Mailing List
This discussion group covers just about everything you ever wanted to know about harmonica playing.

Harmonica Info and Instruction
"A huge warehouse of harmonica information, instruction, lessons, and tips available at the Harmonica Lessons.com site".

Harmonica Playing Tips- Instruction, Songs, Tabs, Blues Improv
"This portion of the Dave Gage site consists of sections on "Harmonica Info and Tips", "Basic Blues Improv", "Songs and Tabs", "Harmonica Players List/ Miscellaneous Info".

Bluesharp.org- The Harmonica Portal
Featuring bands, harmonica news, links to amp auctions, Internet blues radio stations, a daily feed from Harp-L, and more.

Harping! Another Blues Harp Page
Harping! Home of the MIDI to harmonica tablature interactive player. Access to beginners lessons, soundbytes, photos, links and download the Midi Player for harmonica player and learn how to play anything you want, either diatonic or chromatic, either stantard or custom tunings, enjoy!

The Bluesharp Page
"A web site devoted to the history and lore of Blues Harmonica."

Harmonica Tabs
A song and tabs members area which includes popular holiday songs, kids songs, hymns, American/Folk songs, and tabs for popular harmonica solos and parts. Tab examples- "Piano Man", "Room To Move", "Mannish Boy Riff", Country riffs, "Miss You", "Low Rider", "Heart of Gold", "Love Me Do", "The Wizard", "Mary Jane's Last Dance", and much more. Over 150 included.

The Harmonica Key Change Table
"Free Java Script key change table for webmasters and their harmonica websites."

Mundo Armonica
(In Spanish). "At this site you will find a lot of information related to harmonica (types, F.A.Q, players, mp3s, videos, news). You can also get in touch with a big harmonica lover's community- Mundo Armonica is our meeting place."

Keith Graham's Astatic JT30 page
"The Astatic JT-30 microphone is the perfect Harmonica mic for use with a vintage tube amps. It was created about 70 years ago and only recently has gone out of production. These pages are devoted to enjoying, playing and learning Amplified Blues Harmonica, so the name JT30 is appropriate. Today there are many cool harp microphones."

Frequently Asked Questions
"Here is a collection of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about playing the harmonica. They are grouped under 7 general headings. Take a look, you are likely to find your question(s) answered on one of these pages."

Six Ate Time
"Six Ate Time has a little bit of everything surrounding blues harp, including book reviews, film reviews, gear information, news, lessons, videos, and more. Follow along as I document the free lessons available and point out the most cost effective gear."

Adam Gussow: Modern Blues Harmonica
"Modern Blues Harmonica offers instandly downloadable video lessons and PDF tabs for players of all abilities (beginners through advanced intermediates), created by Adam Gussow of the blues duo Satan and Adam. Gussow's "store," hosted by Tradebit.com, offers transcriptions and adaptations of classic harp tunes by Big Walter Horton, John Lee (Sonny Boy) Williamson, Paul Butterfield, Snooky Prior, and others, along with Gussow's original compositions such as "Thunky Fing" and "Unlucky in Love." Also available are lessons revolving around songs that extend the blues in new directions: Latin jazz ("Watermelon Man"), jazz ("St. Thomas," "Blue Monk"), and soul-funk ("Mercy, Mercy, Mercy")."

Jan van Gastel
Jan is a blues harmonica player in The Netherlands. His site contains information about harps (repair and customizing), combs (wood or plastic), reviews of four well known courses, mic-amp comparisons with soundsamples for three mic and three amp combinations (25 samples) clean and overdriven and a description of the amps (and the tube swapping he did) and mics. Also, a page about tongue blocking.

The Harmonica House
"Harmonica House Italy, hosted by Gianandrea Pasquinelli, focuses on European harmonica players with a particular emphasis on the Italians."

Honkin' Tom's Honkin Harmonica Shop
"Sale Items & Free Shipping- Harmonica gear for beginners and professionals. Blues harps, harmonicas, blues harp microphones, harp amps, blues man cases and more. Great advice and value on Hohner, Seydel, Swan, Huang and other top makes. Online harmonicas UK."

Harmonica Information and Lessons
A Swedish site (in Swedish) with lessons and information. "Unik interaktiv instruktion CD skiva fšr nybšrjare pŒ munspel. Skivan omfattar traditionell munspelsmusik, blues, thrills, bŠndningar, flerstŠmmigt och hŠftiga ljudeffekter samt mycket mer. Lektioner med šver 80 olika ljudfiler."

Harpjack.com
"Tab for some simple pop tunes that featured mostly straight harp playing (i.e. "Love Me Do", "Piano Man", "Heart of Gold", etc.)"

Mark's Harmonica Haven
"Greetings, my name is Mark Valderaz. I started playing blues harp in December of 1996, and so I've created a site devoted to the diatonic harmonica. Here you'll find beginner instruction recommendations, samples of my own harp playing, links to bio's and tribute sites of the master players, and an essential collection of harmonica links."

Bluesmunspel
A swedish web site (in Swedish) about the diatonic harmonica. The website contains some history, practical things about the harmonica, riffs, and a page about Charlie McCoy.

Jimmy Chan's Blues Harp
A blues harp web site in chinese. "In asia, the blues harp is not as common as tremolo and chromatic harmonica. I hope this site can help chinese people learn more about blues harp."- Jimmy Chan

Chromatic Harmonica Lover
A Japanese web site (in Japanese and soon English). A site devoted to chromatic harmonica with sound files, lists of chromatic harmonica LPs, CDs, and more.

Harmonica Blues and Soundpage
"Peder Pedersen's site with soundfiles, tips, lessons, prices, equipment, shopping, and links. Add your file to the Harmonica Riff Jukebox."

Blues Harp Amps, Harmonica Amplifiers
A lot of information on amplification for harmonica players. For general info on amps and amplification, check out this site's homepage. Very extensive.

Harper Club Forum
"A growing community of players and customizers. Learning Center - selected best videos on playing technique. Customizing Videos. Quality playalongs. Alternative tunings subforum. Fair rules, light moderation. Friendly admins. FREE."

HarpTabs.com
"A website where everyone can find and share all of their Harmonica Tabs. We have a wonderful forum where we learn and express harmonica ideas, music theories, and personal reviews of harmonicas."

Choosing your brand and model of harmonica
"With four main brands and the numerous models they propose, it's sometimes difficult for a beginner to know what harmonica to purchase. After two years of harp playing, I acquired various models which I'll try and present."

John Whiteman's Harp Anthology
"This is a searchable online pdf of 2800 harmonica specimens from various collections as noted with each model. There are over 500 pages, 10,000 photos, a table of contents by maker/model and an index by model name at the end of the document, and included descriptions of rare and unusual harmonicas compiled and added whenever I receive information or conduct research. My email address is included on the title page and I welcome additions, corrections and inquiries. I do not sell harmonicas."

Harmonica Gear
"Website where harmonica players can find articles about playing harmonica and using related equipment, as well as reviews of specific harmonica related products without sifting through the guitar oriented reviews on other sites. This site also features a page for free classified ads for buying, selling, trading and services. Actively seeking articles and reviews at this time."

The Harmonica House
"Harmonica House Italy, hosted by Gianandrea Pasquinelli, focuses on European harmonica players with a particular emphasis on the Italians."

Nidalap Lee's Guitarmonica World
(In BIG-5 Chinese) "While most harmonica sites focus on introductions and are devoted to beginners, this site is dedicated to the advanced players. The site includes articles about positions, different tunings, and some sound clips, etc."


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SAMPLE VIDEO:  Harmonica Instruction for Beginners
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A simple playing tip to speed up your movement and add accuracy in single notes.
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Dave gives a general overview of what you can obtain from both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas in regards to harmonica chords.
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In this excerpt, Dave discusses some of the reasons for playing in either 1st Position or 2nd Position.

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SAMPLE VIDEO:  Advanced Harmonica Instruction
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Dave explains how the concept of "Follow Through", as found in many sports, also applies directly to your breathing and airflow.
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Dave explains the value of not just learning a scale up and down, but dividing it into smaller "bite-size" chunks, which can then be used as blues riffs.
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Dave demonstrates how you can use the "Tonguing" technique to create interesting sounds such as the "Chicken Call".



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