Here’s a solo harmonica clip (no backing track) using the Harp Wah. This video gives a “naked” example of some of the affected tones available with this product.
Jake, of “Jake Knows Harmonica” is one of the most well known sources online for harmonica gear reviews, harps and related harp equipment demos. I’ve been wanting to get my Harp Wah in Jake’s hands for him to try for quite some time now, and finally we connected on this. If you enjoy learning about, […]
There really hasn’t been any usable products on the market that provide effects for “acoustic” harmonica playing. Now I have a Pro solution I carry in my harp gear bag – the Harp Wah. The Harp Wah is a product that I originally developed just for myself, out of a need to find an easier, […]
Here’s a tune I wrote for my début CD “Inside Out”. If you’re a fan of harmonica – crossing many styles, you might like this one in your collection. “Inside Out” CD (Hard Copy)
Here’s my approach when getting in really tight to a mic when using the Harp Wah. More Tips Here: https://www.harmonicamute.com/using-harp-wah/
Here’s my first look at Brendan Power’s excellent PowerDraw harp. I’ve only just started on discovering all the possibilities that this great product can offer. This year, I had a chance to meet and hangout with Brendan at SPAH (USA’s largest harmonica convention). What a treat, jamming with Brendan and checking out his many truly […]
A recent session for Lee Palmer’s 5th studio album Horns & Harps, released to radio September 7, 2018 Playing a standard tuned (Richter) harp – Seydel 1847 THE ONE TAKE PLAYERS Iain McNally – Electric and acoustic guitars Sean O’Grady – Drums and percussion Alec Fraser Jr. – Electric bass Steve O’Connor – Grand Piano, […]
Here’s the What, How and Why of using Major 7th tuning (“Country” tuned) harps and how I learned of this tuning 40 years ago.
“Ocean Of Tears” Written by Roly Platt & Steve Strongman Vocals & guitar: Steve Strongman Harmonica: Roly Platt From Roly Platt’s Début CD: Inside Out. Buy It Here • Multiple “Harmonica Player of the Year” – Maple Blues Awards Nominee (Canada’s national blues awards) • Gold Record: for the Toronto Blue Jays Theme Song – […]
Here’s a good example of how, when using this product, I can play quite freely, much the way I normally do. My hands remain in a similar position to how I would play acoustically. I designed this product so I could play more freely than using a cup. At the same time, it aims the […]
Florida’s Jerry Fierro having some fun with The Harp Wah. Jerry got his Christmas gift early this year. Gift Certificates available here:
Stephane Laidet “Funky May” Using a Yonberg harp & “Harp Wah”. http://stephanelaidet.wixsite.com/farmo http://fr.yonberg-harmonica.com/ https://www.harmonicamute.com/
Hmmm… what to buy a harmonica player who has everything (even though they wouldn’t admit to that!)? Well, here’s something new and unique as far as harp gear products go. It’s called the Harp Wah and it’s like a mute for the harmonica. It can create effects much like a trumpet mute does for a […]
What better place to talk about Butterfield and his vibrato, than while fishing in a kayak in northern Ontario, Canada. Also discussed; How to Develop Your Own Style and how bad imitation can often lead to great Innovation.
“Why do you hold your harp at a 45° slant when you play?” I think I get asked that question more than any other… There are a few players I’ve come across online that play harmonica on an extreme angle, but it’s not very common. For me it started when I was learning to play, […]
There are several ways to get vibrato on Harmonica. The “embouchure” style vibrato is probably what I use the most. Here’s some tips on how I achieve it and use it.
A Gift for a Harmonica Player… Here’s something new for your holiday shopping list (for the harmonica player in your life) – The Harp Wah by Roly Platt This new, first-of-its-kind cupping device gives the player controllable “wah” and resonator-like effects by adding “Trumpet Mute-like” tones to the harmonica. Just […]
Occasionally, I get “good news” stories from folks using the Harp Wah. They’re not Pro players, just regular people, and through playing harp, are doing some really cool things in their lives. What a treat to hear their stories…. Leland Browder is a 78 year old harmonica player who only picked up the instrument in […]
I recently recorded this harp track on “Despedida” for the Brazilian film “Doble”. Staring: Julieth Restrepo, Christian Meier. Performed by Majida Issa, composer César Escola. Here is a music video of the track. Great to be able to collaborate on international projects like this. Much success to all involved.
Bad Imitation leads to Innovation. How, when first learning to play, I listened to Paul Butterfield and tried to guess how did what he did by looking at his album cover picture. Butterfield was a huge influence, but at some point in my developing years I stopped listening to other harp players and started to […]
If you looking for a new, 1st of it’s kind harmonica product, have a look at the Harp Wah. The Harp Wah is a Resonator and Mute Combined for acoustic harp playing. It adds “Trumpet Mute-like”, “Brassy” tones to your Harmonica sound bag. Here’s a video showing at least some of what can be achieved: […]
Looking for a gift for the harp player in your life? The Harp Wah. Everyone Loves New Gear, But What’s a Harp Wah?? This new, first-of-its-kind cupping device puts controllable “wah” and resonator effects right in the hands of the player — adding a “Trumpet Mute-like” “Brassy” tone to the harmonica. Just pick it […]
Are There Any Effects for Acoustic Harmonica? Yup. Everyone loves to see new harmonica equipment hit the scene… Over the past 15 years, I’ve seen an explosion of innovative products take to the market, everything from custom amps, custom mics, effect pedals, harmonica racks, custom harmonica parts and innovative tools. The list goes on. […]
As the product’s designer, it’s really an honour for me to watch some of the top harp players in the world use this new harmonica device. Here’s a small sampling of some of the greats demo-ing the Harp Wah. In This Video: Ben Hewlett, Joe Filisko, Howard Levy, James Conway, Peter Madcat Ruth, TJ Klay.
“On tour, I use the Harp Wah.
It’s just a great muted effect for harmonica! A great invention and a beautiful device!”
Marko BallandFrance's great
“Best harmonica innovation in a long time.
It takes harp “muting” possibilities to a new level. Thanks, Roly!”
Sounds Like a Trumpet Mute…
“Very much sounds like a trumpet mute… produces very crisp wah-wahs when you want.”
“This is THE sound I’ve been looking for in a cup style wah.”
I just received my Harp Wah, and I already love it!
It’s waaaay more comfortable to use than a coffee or tea cup, plus it’s much easier to direct the sound into a mic. I look forward to recording with it.
Todd ParrottUS Top Gospel/Country/Blues
A great investment!
It (the Harp Wah) arrived this morning and it is brilliant, everything promised and more. It adds a lovely tone to the playing, much better than cupped hands. I would certainly recommend everyone to get one, a great investment.
Do you need to practice harp at a lower volume?
I live in an apartment and use the Harp Wah to play quietly in the evening. It works!
Ken BrightmanHarp Wah User
“Everyone loves it!”
“In my Intermediate Harmonica Course at Niagara College, I include the Harp Wah as part of my gear seminar.”
Max HillierMusic Instructor - Niagara College
What a Wonderful Adaptation!
I always wanted to find a way to get the “wah” sound with a mug but got discouraged. This really makes it easy. Thank you!
“It’s just perfect. Fantastic sound and very expressive!”
It’s the best wah sound effect I’ve ever tried – beautifully designed and easy to hold in your hand.
Mathieu Pequeriau (The Celtic Social Club)Harmonica Player: The Celtic Social Club (France)
As a Female Player…
As a female harmonica player with small hands, I found the Harp Wah very similar to the grip for holding a microphone and I did not need to use the grip tape provided.
Love it love it….love it. Cant say enough about it.
Judy KotylakCanadian Harp Player
“I was skeptical … but this is a different beast with its own rich tone.
Definitely a valuable addition to the harp player’s toolkit.
Nice one Roly!”
“Every harp player needs a Harp Wah to express themselves to the fullest!
Thank You Roly!!!”
Rob PaparozziBlood Sweat & Tears, Blues Brothers...