Harmonica Magazine

My Conversation with Winslow Yerxa

Here is my conversation with author, composer, diatonic and chromatic harmonica player Winslow Yerxa. Winslow is the author of the best selling books Harmonica for Dummies and Blues Harmonica for Dummies. He is know worldwide for his deep knowledge of harmonica history and techniques. In this episode we are talking about SPAH (Society Fo the

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My Conversation with Filip Jers

​I’m glad to share with you my conversation with Swedish harmonica player Filip Jers. Filip plays diatonic & chromatic harmonicas as well as cello, accordion and guitar! I love his recordings of traditional Scandinavian and also his solo album Spiro. In this episode we talk about how nature has influenced his music, customizing harmonicas, advice

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My Conversation with Jeff Pittson

My conversation with pianist and chromatic harmonica, Jeff Pittson. We talk about “The Pittson Family Band”, his favorite Toots Thielemans’ albums, his recent piano solo release the “Dietrick Variations”, how to practice jazz on the chromatic harp and his positive experience learning harmonica through Harmonica Studio.November 09, 2019Connect with Jeff: www.jeffpittson.comFor more episodes please visit: harmonicastudio.yvonnickprene.com Harmonica

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My Conversation with Rob Paparozzi

My conversation with singer, diatonic and chromatic harmonica, educator Rob Paparozzi about taking lessons with Toots Thielemans, his Grammy Nominated album Etruscan Soul, playing Broadway shows as a harmonica player, his set up for gigs and thoughtful advices for beginner harmonica players. October 29, 2019Connect with Rob Website: robpaparozzi.com Facebook: facebook.com/rob.paparozzi Audio Transcript: harmonicastudio.yvonnickprene.com/courses/podcast-transcriptions  Harmonica Studio Podcast features

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10 Jazz Standards for Beginners

Here are some popular jazz standards for beginning improvisers. These tunes are well known and regularly played in jam sessions. They are great for learning how to improvise because they have fewer chord changes, a couple of tonalities and usually easy melodies. 10 Jazz Standards for Beginners Ain’t Misbehavin’ A medium tempo swinging tune written

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SPAH 2019 Harmonica Festival

I just came back of a week of performances and seminars at Spah (Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica), the largest harmonica festival in the USA. I can’t thanks enough Hohner and the great people at Spah for invinting me this year.  I played in duo with Avi Rothbard on guitar an

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Chromatic Harmonica Buying Guide

If you think you can use grandfather’s harmonica that has been sitting in a closet for 25 years, it’s probably not a good idea. Chances are the harmonica you kept for years may have sentimental value for you but may also be rusty, smelly with a cracked wooded comb and, therefore, not 100% playable. Remember

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40 Songs You Should Learn

Over many years of performing in New York City at social and private events as well as clubs. I started creating a list of songs that I have been requested to play from clients and bandleaders who hired me. Generally you will be asked to play Franck Sinatra’s hits, Duke Ellington’s, Jobim’s and Stevie Wonder’s

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18 Chromatic Harmonica Videos to Inspire You

Listening to other harmonica players will truly inspire you to challenge your, practice harder, learn different musical styles and start practicing new techniques you had never heard before.  I have chosen top harmonicists  from all over the world from Stevie Wonder to Hugo Diaz. Of course this list is not exhaustive, I would love to

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Menuet Arranged for Two Harmonicas

Here are two harmonica parts Menuet. The upper voice is written in regular C clef whereas the lower part uses the bass clef, F.   Let’s listen to the piece entirely. The complete performance with both voices  Erratum: The last section starts with 5 (+3) 5 (5) (+5) and +6  Now we’ll practice each part separately. Let’s begin

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5 Practice Tools for Harmonica Players

In this post we’ll talk about my favorite learning tools that can be used to make your harmonica practice time more productive. We’ll review two apps, a set of headphone, a portable keyboard and a small portable recorder. I believe these tools will facilitate your day-to-day learning process while being easy to use and mostly

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15 Jazz Standards You Need to Know

You probably already got a copy of a Real Book at some point and felt overwhelmed looking at that list of hundred of song titles! I know that feeling too. It’s important to be familiar with as many tunes as possible. However it’s impossible to learn them all at once! That’s why I have picked

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My Top 5 Toots Thielemans Albums

There are so many great Thielemans records but I have decided to attempt to come up with a definitive list of the 5 best of all time. Click on the photo to listen to the album. 1-Only Trust Your Heart, Concord, 1988  Only Trust Your Heart” is Toots Thielemans’s first album that I listened to when I

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5 Mistakes Made by Chromatic Harmonica Players

I would like to talk ab​out five most common mistakes made by harmonica players.1) Blowing and Inhaling too hard Most likely, after you’ve picked up a harmonica for the first time and started playing the first bottom notes, I’m sure you probably thought your harmonica was broken and you were ready to ship it back to

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