Rock Harmonica

Rock Harmonica There are 2 products.

Rock harmonica is basically an extension of Blues harmonica. We can find some harmonica in Rock in the 1960's with Charlie McCoy accompanying Elvis Presley and Roy Orbison but in a very classic blues manner. At the same time Paul Butterfield developed a form of Blues rock harmonica in Chicago with his band and their hit "Born in Chicago" where you can hear his harmonica much more distorted than usual blues players as he was probably trying to mimick guitar sounds by using a microphone plugged in to a guitar amp. Al Wilson with the Canned Heat and their hit "On the road Again" is also a good example of departing the standard blues sound and usual licks. You can hear him use a special tuned harmonica in this song where the 6 draw is raised a half step up, a tuning available on demand in the Harmo Custom Shop.

Rock harmonica was taken a bit further from typical blues playing in the J.Geils Band where harmonica player Magic Dick used more distorted sounds, special effects and other special tuned harmonicas. Mark Ford (Robben Ford's brother) also used to play very aggressive and edgy licks reminiscent of guitar players. Jimmy Z in Eurythmics created some heavy colored sounds. Even the Rolling Stones got some harmonica with Sugar Blue as a guest and later on Mick Jagger himself.

Rock harmonica is usually played on a standard diatonic harmonica like the Harmo Polar and the Harmo Torpedo. Harmonicas are often in the keys of A, D, G and C. But Harmo custom shop harmonicas offer even more options to get special tunings and a greater array of sounds by selecting aluminum or brass comb and covers that will give you a more aggressive sound than wood.

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  • $39.90
    $39.90

    Polar Harmonica by Harmo® Amazing; Versatile; Stylish The Harmo Polar harmonica uses an in-house-specific process that makes it particularly well adjusted for blues; folk; country; rock; and funk; giving you great projection; air-tightness and a good starting overblow-friendly setup. Full and loud tone with fast response. Polar Harmonica by Harmo® Amazing; Versatile; Stylish The Harmo Polar harmonica uses an in-house-specific process that makes it particularly well adjusted for blues; folk; country; rock; and funk; giving you great projection; air-tightness and a good starting overblow-friendly setup. Full and loud tone with fast response.

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  • $79.97
    $79.97

    The Torpedo is a top-of-the-line professional quality instrument for the demanding player in jazz; modern blues; rock; soul and classical music. The Torpedo harmonica goes through more hands-on work to ensure the best overblowing performance on the market. You can bend and overbend all the notes from holes 1 to 10 in a way that no other manufactured... The Torpedo is a top-of-the-line professional quality instrument for the demanding player in jazz; modern blues; rock; soul and classical music. The Torpedo harmonica goes through more hands-on work to ensure the best overblowing performance on the market. You can bend and overbend all the notes from holes 1 to 10 in a way that no other manufactured...

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