Bit of a dull post this one but I wanted to pass on the information. If you’ve taken lessons from me you’ll have seen me using a bit of software called The Amazing Slow Downer from Roni Music. It’s a fantastic learning tool. It can slow down music tracks without changing the pitch, it can… Continue reading Amazing Slow Downer: PSA
I’ve not come across this software before but it’s very interesting and can do a number of useful things for someone learning harmonica. Like the Amazing Slow Downer, which I use extensively, it allows you to slow down audio files, and also to change the pitch. Slowing down songs is essential for close listening and… Continue reading Riffstation Going Free
I know a few of the new harmonica players I meet are interested in blowing amplified harmonica. These mics don’t appear all that often in the UK (and postage from the US is crazy money). It’s a Shure 588SA, often called the James Cotton mic since he was pictured with and known to play one at… Continue reading “James Cotton” mic on Ebay
There’s been a little influx of new students in recent weeks, which is great, but it means I’ve been pretty busy and not posting here much lately. With the new students in mind I thought it might be a good time to address a couple of issues. The first (and most involved) subject is how… Continue reading Which Harmonica Should I Buy?
I’ve had a few queries recently about playing harmonica in a rack while playing guitar and if I can teach it. The short answer is yes! I’d be happy too. The longer answer goes like this. Although I play guitar as well as harmonica I never do both at the same time. The main reason… Continue reading Playing Harmonica in a Rack
I’ve put together a short pdf on the component parts of a harmonica and how they work together to create sound. Hopefully it will be useful for beginners still getting to know their instrument. Enjoy!
Anatomy of a Harmonica.
I’ll be honest, I’m not enormously knowledgeable or experienced with harp mics or playing amplified in general. With The High Hollers I play acoustic into the same vocal mic I sing into. That said, it’s an area I’m working on and I confess to getting a bit tingly about vintage mics. I own two Astatic… Continue reading Vintage Harp Mics
Last week, a day earlier than I was expecting, I received a package from Cain Hamilton (aka Sugar Cain) containing this, one of the first of his new “Semi-Custom” Marine Band harmonicas in A. This is the entry level line in his range. Not fancy, but a good honest workhorse. The comb is sealed and… Continue reading Sugar Cain Semi-Custom Marine Band