Posts Tagged: inspiration

James Cotton Superharp

Today I’m going to post a video that I love and have listened to many times before.  It’s a song by the great James Cotton that I know only by its YouTube title, Slow Blues. Mr. Cotton got his start

James Cotton Superharp

Today I’m going to post a video that I love and have listened to many times before.  It’s a song by the great James Cotton that I know only by its YouTube title, Slow Blues. Mr. Cotton got his start

Mindful Harmonica

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn I watch a lot of harmonica videos online where players are trying to copy a song or a style, often quite

Mindful Harmonica

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way; On purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn I watch a lot of harmonica videos online where players are trying to copy a song or a style, often quite

Juzzie Smith’s Harpbeat

I know I’ve posted Juzzie Smith before, but nothing says I can’t post him twice.  And god knows he deserves another mention for this song I just found today!  It’s called Harpbeat, a clever title he expounds on in an

Juzzie Smith’s Harpbeat

I know I’ve posted Juzzie Smith before, but nothing says I can’t post him twice.  And god knows he deserves another mention for this song I just found today!  It’s called Harpbeat, a clever title he expounds on in an

Phil Wiggins Improvs the Blues

Today I had the great pleasure of discovering a blues virtuoso by the name of Phil Wiggins.  Man, this guy really makes my toes tap!  The way he slides around those blues licks and sets melodies free from his cupped

Phil Wiggins Improvs the Blues

Today I had the great pleasure of discovering a blues virtuoso by the name of Phil Wiggins.  Man, this guy really makes my toes tap!  The way he slides around those blues licks and sets melodies free from his cupped

Our Lady of the Harp

I have been catching Christelle Burthon’s YouTube videos for quite some time now and thought I would post one of her improvisations today in conjunction with my previous post on Bobby McFerrin’s advice on improvisation.  Christelle has perhaps the most

Our Lady of the Harp

I have been catching Christelle Burthon’s YouTube videos for quite some time now and thought I would post one of her improvisations today in conjunction with my previous post on Bobby McFerrin’s advice on improvisation.  Christelle has perhaps the most

Daddy’s Got the Blues

I found this song through my harmonica friends over at Reddit.  (Never been there?  Go check it out!  Those guys post some great harmonica links.)  Daddy’s Got the Blues is a track off the Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack.  I’m increasingly

Daddy’s Got the Blues

I found this song through my harmonica friends over at Reddit.  (Never been there?  Go check it out!  Those guys post some great harmonica links.)  Daddy’s Got the Blues is a track off the Final Fantasy XIII soundtrack.  I’m increasingly

Howard Levy Channeled Through a Puppet

Today I came across an exhilarating piece by harmonica master, Howard Levy… sort of.  The video, actually, is a puppet named Scat Dog “covering” one of Levy’s performances on Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion.  (If anyone knows

Howard Levy Channeled Through a Puppet

Today I came across an exhilarating piece by harmonica master, Howard Levy… sort of.  The video, actually, is a puppet named Scat Dog “covering” one of Levy’s performances on Garrison Keillor’s radio show, A Prairie Home Companion.  (If anyone knows

Quebecois Folk Music for the Win

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of discovering a folk trio out of Quebec, Canada called De Temps Antan.  These guys are amazing musicians who hit your ears with a toe-tapping sound that can’t help but bring joy to your

Quebecois Folk Music for the Win

Yesterday I had the great pleasure of discovering a folk trio out of Quebec, Canada called De Temps Antan.  These guys are amazing musicians who hit your ears with a toe-tapping sound that can’t help but bring joy to your

God Bless Buddy Greene

Buddy Greene was my inspiration to learn and play classical music on a diatonic harmonica.  His style is so fluid and beautiful.  His trills are perfectly placed and he selectively allows second notes to float in for the perfect chords

God Bless Buddy Greene

Buddy Greene was my inspiration to learn and play classical music on a diatonic harmonica.  His style is so fluid and beautiful.  His trills are perfectly placed and he selectively allows second notes to float in for the perfect chords

How about some Jason Ricci?

Jason Ricci is one of the more colorful characters I’ve come across in my search for great harmonica players and one of the most talented, as well.  A harmonica mechanic who customizes harps by hand, Ricci has some wicked technical

How about some Jason Ricci?

Jason Ricci is one of the more colorful characters I’ve come across in my search for great harmonica players and one of the most talented, as well.  A harmonica mechanic who customizes harps by hand, Ricci has some wicked technical

Wailin’ Wood

I just had the great pleasure of discovering a gentlemen who goes by the name of Wailin’ Wood.  He’s a 3 time national champion harp player and 10 time state champion in 4 different states.  This guy has some genuine

Wailin’ Wood

I just had the great pleasure of discovering a gentlemen who goes by the name of Wailin’ Wood.  He’s a 3 time national champion harp player and 10 time state champion in 4 different states.  This guy has some genuine

Subway Sandwich Battle

For a few years now, I’ve had my eye on a harp player out of San Francisco by the name of Yuri Lane. Yuri has serious hip hop roots and punctuates his harmonica style with some solid beatboxing skills.  It’s

Subway Sandwich Battle

For a few years now, I’ve had my eye on a harp player out of San Francisco by the name of Yuri Lane. Yuri has serious hip hop roots and punctuates his harmonica style with some solid beatboxing skills.  It’s