I was a “stick” mic. (straight style harp microphone) guy all of my career. One reason for that was that I found holding a larger bullet mic a bit awkward and harder to get a good seal around the microphone. Here’s a solution that helped me – Grip Tape. You Can Get Some Here: Additional […]
I had to laugh when I saw this video. The 100% organic Harp Wah. I love it!
I have received several requests from players and Harp Wah users to sell my Harp Wah drawstring storage bags separately – to be used as a Bullet Mic, harmonica or effects pedal soft storage pouch. (I use them myself for spare harps and for my FX pedals).
The Harp Wah by Roly Platt is a professional solution to using a “cup” when playing acoustic harp. Read more about it here:
Funk and Acoustic Harmonica. I find the Harp Wah works well here, giving the track a different sound than every other approach.
An original instrumental from Roly’s début CD Inside Out. Produced by: Lance Anderson Get the Download: THE PLAYERS: Al Cross: DrumsRuss Boswell: Electric and acoustic bassJohn Tilden: Electric, slide and acoustic guitarLance Anderson: Piano, Hammond organ, Clavinet and Harmony vocals on Rippin’ It UpRoly Platt: Harmonica, (Mouth Organ, Tin Sandwich, Mississippi Saxophone, Spit Coffin, […]
Check it out here 2019 Carolina Harp Fest. 3/28-3/30 at The Blue Note Grill, Durham, NC, featuring: Buddy Greene, Johnny Sansone, and a host of other great harmonica players and instructors. Register by 2/15 for the early bird rate of $145 at www.ncharmonica.com. It’s gonna be a good one – don’t miss it!
Here’s a snippet of a tune w/ Wayne Buttery @ “Gabor & Friends” Charity Event in Collingwood Ontario Musicians: John Finley, Dean McTaggart, Danny Weis, Steve Kennedy, Simon Wallis, Chris Howells, Gabor Szepesi, Joe Agnello, Dave Breckels, Rick Lazar, Bernie LaBarge, Stephen Cassini, Lisa Hutchinson, Connie Scriver, Steve Henry.
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.
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, […]
Sounds Like a Trumpet Mute…
“Very much sounds like a trumpet mute… produces very crisp wah-wahs when you want.”
“The Harp Wah is a cool, expressive tool for acoustic harp players, with a learning curve near zero.”
Richard HunterBest-Selling Harmonica Method Author – US Session Player
“Every harp player needs a Harp Wah to express themselves to the fullest!
Thank You Roly!!!”
Rob PaparozziBlood Sweat & Tears, Blues Brothers...
“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!”
“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
“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
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
“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
“Best harmonica innovation in a long time.
It takes harp “muting” possibilities to a new level. Thanks, Roly!”
“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
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!
All Available Products
- Harp Lessons x 3 $135.00
- Gift Card: Harp Wah + Grip Tape Combo $64.00
- Harp Wah™ – MIDNIGHT EDITION $59.99
- Harp Wah™ $59.99
- Harp Wah Lessons – Skype $40.00
- "Inside Out" CD (Hard Copy) $17.00
- Protective Soft Storage Pouch (3 Pack) $15.00
- "Inside Out" 2014 (Download) $9.95
- "Tangled Roots" 2010 – (Download) $9.95
- Grip Tape (Additional) $3.99