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 a couple of new and unique ideas… 1. The Harp Wah The Harp Wah is like a mute for the harmonica. It can create effects much like a trumpet mute does for a trumpet player. This […]
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.
There are several ways to get vibrato on Harmonica. The “embouchure” style vibrato on harmonica is probably what I use the most. Here’s some tips on how I achieve a smooth, lush vibrato effect and where to 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 […]
Watch the Video[/su_youtube_advanced]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? Here’s 3 Great Options… The Harp Wah Everyone Loves New Gear. 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 up and […]
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.
The Harp Wah vs. Standard Hand Cupping Techniques: By far, the most important and effective technique for getting cupping and Wah Wah sounds on harmonica is great hand techniques. Click Here for Demos So What’s the Harp Wah All About? Well, what it’s NOT about is first – it’s not a replacement for hand cupping. […]
Harmonica Session – India’s “Rabbi” (Rabbi Shergill). I just finished a Harmonica session for India’s very successful “Rabbi”. It was a pleasure working with him on his new EP. I’m looking forward to hearing the final mixes. My “Harp Wah” was a nice option to have available for this project.
Over the years I tried the old-school “playing into a cup” technique on some recording sessions and live gigs, but I always found it awkward – especially when trying to aim the sound into a mic. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I found it quite limiting when trying to just play “freely”, the way I normally do. Here […]
I love “Country” tuning (or Major 7th tuning as it was originally called) Here’s little about how I 1st stumbled across it 40 years ago & why I use it still.
Review: Harp Wah™ Harmonica World Magazine (UK) by Neil Warren April, 2018 Canadian harp player, Roly Platt, has developed the Harp Wah, a mute/resonator accessory based on the diatonic harmonica trick of playing into a glass. This produces a pronounced wah sound. The glass trick has long been a gimmick to pull out for a […]
New great for Harp Players in the UK. The Harp Wah™ The Harmonica Company now carries the Harp Wah, the new Cupping / Wah effect for acoustic harmonica by Roly Platt.
Great News for Harp Players in the UK. Harmonicas Direct now carries the Harp Wah, the new cupping effect for acoustic harmonica by Roly Platt.
Great News for Harp Players in the USA. Rockin Ron’s Music now carries the Harp Wah, the new cupping effect for acoustic harmonica by Roly Platt.
Can the Harp Wah help to practice at a lower volume? “Quieting” the volume of the harmonica was not the purpose of the Harp Wah, but it has been reported by several players that it can reduce the overall volume when you close the cup off completely. One player reported that he lives in an […]