I learned how to play blues harp by listening to tapes of Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Sonny Terry, Junior Wells, James Cotton and all the other big hitters. Ripping them off anyway I could. This was before the internet and man it was a blast. I played and taught myself on and off for 5 years....then..... I didn't play at all until 15 years later....when my little box of old harps called for me to play again.
I had gotten heavily into old time clawhammer banjo and old time guitar in the last 6 years and was in a 4 piece stringband (fiddle, banjo, guitar, stand up bass) with a bar gig in Toronto. Still no harmonica, what was I thinking?
Finally in December of 2008 I got the burning desire to play harp again and now I am on fire with it, I can't believe how much I have missed these little things. I Found Adam Gussow and Jason Ricci on-line and that snapped me right back in step. Started remembering how to play and mostly just remember what I played. Great videos, great guys and I am so thankful for their boost to my playing. I had never heard of overblows 15 years ago.
Now I busk around town with an acoustic guitar guy. He plays all kinds of things from blues to CCR to Eric Clapton to Canned Heat to the Beatles. It has been great to get to know the harp in a different way to make it fit those other styles, I am loving it.
UPDATE -- I joined Howard Levy's Harmonica school about 4 months ago. Best thing I ever did!!
He is an amazing guy and great teacher, He taught me overblows in less than 2 weeks and has opened my playing up in countless ways.
Other things harp players seem to always ask about...
I play Special 20s and marine bands with Sp20 covers, lip purse, tongue block, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd position,play overblows, tune my harps, gap reeds, swap reeds, make combs, I use a Shure 57.
I am also an artist/illustrator and art teacher www.laudadio.ca is my site if you want to check it out.
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