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Feb 06, 2009 7:56 PM GMT
I was talking to a friend of mine who is in a band called Snake Pliskin. He mentioned to me that he was interested in trying to add a harmonica player to the band and that when I move back to jersey at the end of March he wanted to try it out. They play a mixture of funk, blues and metal. You can check some of their songs at their myspace page,

So my question is, are there any metal or hard rock harmonica players out there? I'm looking to get some ideas to be more prepared when I move back to Jersey.

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Feb 07, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
Randy S Replied:

Listen to "the The" That is the bands name. Listen to the song "Violence of truth" They had Mark Feltham and Jim Fitting playing for them. Pretty much hard rock. And an awesome band. Also Jimmy Wood who played with Public Image limited.

Feb 07, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
Hammik Replied:

Wow I went to my uncle's for the superbowl and he gave me about 15 albums and that just happens to be one of them. I'll have to listen to them tonight, thanks man.

Feb 08, 2009 7:08 AM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Randy mentioned Jim Fitting--Jim also played harp in the innovative rock/blues fusion band Treat Her Right. Not "metal," by any means, but they had a great sound, and his playing is a perfect match for the rest of the band. Very fluid, innovative style. Check it out!

Feb 08, 2009 8:17 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Mark Feltham, Mark Ford, Andy Just, Magic Dick, Peter "Madcat" Ruth, Jason Ricci.
Those are the people who come to mind to listen to for pointers, when wanting to play non blues styles.
Out and out Rock players though I can't really think of any off the top of my head.

Mar 15, 2009 1:44 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

John Popper too

Mar 15, 2009 4:49 PM GMT
RockFury Replied:

blues tinged hard rock youtube Electric Worry by Clutch

I think the harp player is Eric Oblander from a band called five horse johnson

(i know nothing about them)

Mar 15, 2009 11:05 PM GMT
snakeman r Replied:

stick with blues

Mar 22, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

I'm playing in garage rock band and i have a diferent aproach of playing because there are no standard 12 bar blues progression.

Check out

Mar 23, 2009 1:38 AM GMT
Zack P Replied:

What's your Skype name so we can talk. I can do it Wednesday, Thursday, possibly Friday night?

Mar 24, 2009 3:02 AM GMT
Robb L Replied:

You might check out "Mule Variations" by Tom Waits

Charlie Musselwhite played on several tracks and did some really great stuff.

Mar 27, 2009 10:07 PM GMT
Diggs Replied:

Just checked them out good players. I wouldn't try to copy anybody this is your chance to create a style.

The two last toons sound like a minor but i would use a dorian but that's just me. This would fall in 3rd position

on G diantonic still lets you get bluesy and modal. Chromatic would be better in my style for some of the other tunes. They have a lot more changes. Your gonna need to cut soundwise this band probably pretty loud. I would look into some effects to.

Apr 05, 2009 3:32 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

Thanks for all the great info. I got to play live with these guys at Mexicali blues in NJ and it was alot of fun. As of this week I will officially be out of debt so first thing Im going to do is grab the harps I need to play some more songs with them.

Randy, The The is awesome. Harp tone is great but I really love the band, it is right up my alley. Armeggedon Days is sick.

Robb, I have that album bcause Les Claypool plays bass on "Big in Japan" but I had no idea about musselwhite being on it Ill check it out now.

Apr 10, 2009 2:26 AM GMT
Will Vogtman Replied:

A long time ago, there was a German dude named Otto that was doing some metal/punk stuff on wanna say Otto Link, but I'm not sure.

Rammstein's Los has a harmonica part in it.

Just be true to your own ears. Listen, respond, and you will fit. If the other members of the band don't like it, it wasn't meant to be. If you don't like it, you'll experiment until you do.

Take the leap and take this instrument somewhere else.

May 08, 2009 9:30 PM GMT
Rafa Replied:

Hey, listen toThe Stranger's Hand, Howard Levy plays there, and though it's pretty much jazz and funk based, it also has some prog rock influences that are worth listening to.

Jun 16, 2009 11:16 PM GMT
Guy D Replied:

Check out the Legendary Shack Shakers videos on YouTube. Especially Help Me. "The Colonel" is a monster player and frontman.

Jun 17, 2009 5:42 AM GMT
Bluesie Replied:

Shack Shakers. Wow. Quite different though... Very political, great videos. Out of blues is the least we can say for him...

Jun 25, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
Hammik Replied:

Wow The Shack Shakers are AWESOME!! They may be my new favorite group I cant wait till they come play near me.

Im actually playing a gig tonight in NYC and we have a special guest rapper we are doing a song with. Hopefully someone will be filming so I can share.

Jul 11, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
Mark $ Replied:

"The Lucid Groove" on you tube, check it out.

Jul 12, 2009 12:00 AM GMT
jon s Replied:

where in jersey you movin too? i live in south brunswick.

Dec 20, 2009 3:15 PM GMT
Boby Replied:

Heh, that reminds me of a recording I made a while ago

I was a pretty inexperienced harp player at that time, but I still think it sounds fun.

Hope you enjoy it!

Dec 22, 2009 6:11 AM GMT
Ryan Replied:

There's a harp player from Minnesota, named Noah Hoehn, who played in a band called Vicious Aloysius (the band broke up awhile ago). A lot of the music they played could be described as hard rock. Their music definately wasn't a bluesy style, not that Noah can't play great blues.Noah was very good at playing fast in the style of John Popper. I'm pretty sure Jason mentioned him in one of his youtube videos (I think it was in one of the interview videos he did).I think it was a good example of the harp being played in a different, and contemporary, style of music.

Dec 22, 2009 7:01 AM GMT
RockFury Replied:

If you like your metal on the heavy side, industrial pioneers Ministry have been know to play a little harmonica

Filth Pig - harmonica solo at 3:30

Black Sabbath - the wizard

though i dont think ozzy was ever well known for his harp playing...

my vote is still for clutch - electric worry

+1 for tom waits mule variations possably the best album ever...

musslewhite is also on tom waits orphans...

hope it's going well.

Dec 23, 2009 11:12 AM GMT
Brown Ale Guy Replied:

Hey Ryan, I'm here in the Twin Cities. Where do I go to hear Noah Hoehn play?

Jan 09, 2010 2:59 PM GMT
Bruce R Replied:

This guy has several heavy metal harmonica songs on youtube, and he gives info on his effects in the "more info" link in the upper right of the videos.

Jan 28, 2010 9:58 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I was young and don't play a lot of notes then. But I have an experience of some art-rock/hard-rock playing. It's video of my former band Etalobster. I was relatively unexperienced so I like my tone here. It was recorded in 2003. Video maker is great! His name is Alexander Serov.

Feb 24, 2010 11:20 PM GMT
Jim f Replied:

The first thing to do is to get a loud amp because you have to compete with guitar players. When I played with 'The the' we were in big venues with a sound man who could boost my volume out front so it wasn't a big issue. But if you are playing rock in a typical bar/nightclub set up it is hard to get a rich/fat sound that can cut and compete with the guitars. I certainly am not a metal or hard rock player but I have played in a lot of rock bands. Try and keep it simple and find riffs, clean parts to the others have said listen to Mark Feltham, Jimmy Z (He played with the Eurythmics), Charlie Musselwhite with Tom Waits and of course Magic Dick. I saw j.Geils open for The Stones at Candlestick Park back in '81 and his tone was massive yet still sharp as a razor. His playing was precise and clean. And that was in a football stadium!!

Mar 02, 2010 12:16 PM GMT
travis j Replied:

I’m defiantly not a metal head but if you’re looking for something with power and effects I suggest you check out the turbo harp elx. I’ve never played one so I don’t know how it handles but it’s a really interesting innovation on the harmonica. Hope this helps!

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