Who Likes The Harp Wah? I Do!
What, that’s not enough??
OK, OK. Here’s some other folks you might know using the Harp Wah…
Reviews / Demos By Top International Players:
Ronnie Shellist (US)
Harmonica World Magazine (UK)
Rohan Singhal (India)
Joe Filisko (US)
Rob Paparozzi (US)
Ben Hewlett (UK)
Jerry Fierro (US)
Les Stroud “Survivorman” (Canada)
Liam Ward (UK)
Marko Balland (France)
Jason Ricci (US)
Sandy Weltman (US)
Todd Parrott (US)
Paul Lassey (France)
Richard Hunter (US)
Richard Gjems (Norway)
Boris Plotnikov (Russia)
Mathieu Pequeriau: (The Celtic Social Club)
Stéphane Laidet (France)
Kiersi Joli (US)
The Harp Wah, it’s cool … like a trumpet mute.
Ronnie Shellist is one of the most sought after blues players and instructors in the US today. A leader in harmonica instruction, Ronnie’s “Harmonica123” website and online “Global Blues Harmonica Summits” have grown internationally to become a highly respected resource for harp instruction, tutorials and innovative, interactive online seminars.
As a Hohner endorsor and clinician, Ronnie works with Hohner on their training and presentation sessions.
Harmonica World Magazine Review
Neil Warren: Harmonica World Magazine on the Harp Wah….
On my first outing with the Harp Wah, it received a great reception. People compared it to a trumpet mute and they loved the sound. I wholeheartedly recommend the Harp Wah . It sounds great, it looks good, it provides a different sound and it doesn’t cost a lot of money.Neil Warren
Roly realized the main limitation of using a glass to be that the sound comes out at the top of the glass. The Harp Wah’s sound emanates from the bottom end, and so offers much better sound projection. It also produces a more satisfying wah sound than a glass, has a slot to place the harmonica, is easier to hold and is made from aluminium and so it won’t smash if you drop it!
The Harp Wah comes in a nice pouch with an instruction leaflet, and an optional grip attachment. The Wah looks the part with its shiny metal and lower red section. The Harp Wah is quite big in the hands, in order to create a larger chamber for more effect. It’s similar to holding a bullet mic: you hold the Wah with the hand holding the harp. The free hand holds the bottom of the Wah, which keeps it firmly in place, and of course allows for the blocking off of the open chamber to create the wah sound. And very effective it is at it too. With both hands required to hold it, the Wah can be held in front of a microphone on a stand when needing to amplify.
The sound produced is best used on lower keyed harmonicas and slower songs, with long held notes to emphasize the wah effect. Although it works well on higher keyed harps too.
There are plenty of videos of Roly Platt and other players showing what they can do with it. The Wah isn’t a replacement for hand vibrato, with the hands offering a greater range of effects. The Wah is another string to your bow, providing an alternative sound, and a very cool one at that.
On my first outing with the Harp Wah, it received a great reception. People compared it to a trumpet mute and they loved the sound.
I wholeheartedly recommend the Harp Wah . It sounds great, it looks good, it provides a different sound and it doesn’t cost a lot of money (around £40).
An essential bit of kit to keep in your harp bag.
India’s Rohan Singhal
Rohan Singhal is a young and extremely promising harp player out of India. He already possesses a high-level of skill but what sets him apart is his musicality. Rohan plays with the musical taste, attack and phrasing of a seasoned player – at 12 years old! Keep your eye on this lad.
This is a tool that improves the harp’s Wah Wah effect ten-fold. It’s a MUST in the box of all harp players.
The Hohner Harmonica Company describes Joe Filisko as:
“The world’s foremost authority on the diatonic harmonica.”
US harmonica great, Joe Filisko is a world-renowned harmonica player, customizer, historian and instructor.
“The Harp Wah has A LOT of potential and I’M GLAD I added it to my tool kit.”
Rob Paparozzi is an outstanding harmonica player – on both diatonic and chromatic and has worked with B.B.King, Dr. John, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, Carole King, Roberta Flack, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Newman, Jimmy McGriff, and James Galway.
Rob’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/
Chairman of the National Harmonica League – UK.
I like it! … I think it sounds a lot better with the Harp Wah…
I’m sure people will find lots of different ways to use this.”
I’m sure people will find lots of different ways to use this.”
I’ve tried everything from wine glasses to pineapple juice cans and the Harp Wah is by far the best!. It colors the sound like fine art. Well done Roly.
Fort Myers’ Jerry Fierro is a name that US harp players have come to know and respect.
Jerry’s a “tone-master” and through one-on-one lessons with the great Sonny Terry, has roots run deep in traditional acoustic styling. He is equally capable of hitting hard with Butterfield-like power and emotion (a rare combination). Jerry also developed and hosts the Paradise Coast Harmonica Workshops in Naples Florida.
Les Stroud “Survivorman”
Canadian survival expert, filmmaker and musician Les Stroud in his recording studio, with his Harp Wah – working on the soundtrack for his new film.
1. Les recording with his Harp Wah.
2. With musical partner and Canadian icon Bruce Cockburn working on the film’s soundtrack.
3. Les with his Wah.
I had the pleasure of working with Les Stroud many years ago, before his rise to international fame as survival expert and creator of the hit TV series “Survivorman“. We are both harp players, so when we met we hit it off right away. Since then I have had the pleasure of watching Les develop his career in many directions. Harmonica has again brought us together, when my invention, the Harp Wah, caught Les’ eye. We have recently reconnected to discuss the product and to tour Les’ new recording studio for possible future projects.
“I was skeptical because I really love hand-wahs and using cups and glasses to get wah sounds, but this is a different beast with its own rich tone and definitely a valuable addition to the harp player’s toolkit. Nice one Roly!”
Liam is an award-winning, leading UK player, instructor & founder of the hugely popular: LearnTheHarmonica.com.
• Winner of the National Harmonica League Player of the Year
• A regular contributor to Blues Matters magazine
• National Harmonica League’s Harmonica World magazine
“On stage I use the Harp Wah.” It’s just a great muted effect for harmonica! A great invention and a beautiful device!”
France’s versatile harmonica great Marko Balland on his European tour with his Harp Wah.
on the new “Wah Claw”…
“It’s cool. The Harp Wah has it’s own thing – a different sound than using a tradition cup.” “Yes!!!! The Wah Claw handle makes it even better!”
Ground-breaking US harp great.
Winner of The Prestigious: “Bernie Bray Player of the Year Award” (SPAH 2017)
Multiple Blues Music Award Nominations
“I just received my Harp Wah, and I already love it! This is THE sound I’ve been looking for in a cup style wah. 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.”
This quote by harp master Buddy Green says it all on Todd’s playing….
“He’s got it all: great chops, killer tone, speed, finesse, and impeccable taste. Todd Parrott is one of the freshest, most innovative and proficient harp players I know.”
– Buddy Green
Paul is a gifted and versatile French harp player and world-renowned instructor.
Check out the awesome effects Paul is getting here:
A French harpist (from Lorraine – France).
As a professional musician since 1998, he has turned his harmonica playing career into teaching.
The harmonica-dedicated websites he administrates are widely popular.
As http://www.apprendrelharmonica-leblog.com blog webmaster , he regularly organizes France-wide sessions, and gives lessons at his home, or to students all around the globe via Internet.
Paul plays BRODUR Harmonicas.
” Wicked. It really is a “wah” in the sense that it acts like a resonant filter. It’s also a perfect tool for acoustic harp players to make Leslie speaker sounds. The Harp Wah is a cool, expressive tool… with a learning curve near zero.”
Richard is a first-call studio harmonica player in the US.
Author of the Jazz Harp, the world’s Best-Selling method for Jazz and Rock Harmonica.
#28 on Harmonica.com’s list of “the top 100 harmonica players to ever walk the planet.”
“Best harmonica innovation in a long time. It takes harp “muting” possibilities to a new level. Thanks, Roly!”
Richard is a leading Norwegian harmonica player – specializing in acoustic blues, folk and jazz. He is also a cultural historian, music archivist and currently head of the Music Section at the National Library in Norway and writes his own column on blues literature in the Norwegian magazine Blues News.
Russia’s progressive Harp man Boris Plotnikov has played with dozens of Russian and international stars and opened the first Russian Harmonica class at the Tchaikovsky Music School in Yekaterinburg.
Styles: blues, bluegrass, jazz, funk, traditional Brazilian music, avant-garde. Recently more modern sounds and grooves of hip-hop, trip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, trap and grime.
Mathieu Pequeriau: (<The Celtic Social Club)
“This is a great creation!! Fantastic sound – just perfect. It’s the best wah sound effect I’ve ever tried – beautifully designed and easy to hold in your hand.”
The Celtic Social Club is a contemporary adaptation of traditional Celtic tunes, which strikes a perfect and energetic balance between tradition, rock, music, reggae, dubstep, and hip-hop. Their repertoire is a fresh take on ancient Celtic melodies from Brittany, Ireland, Scotland, and Asturias.
“Thank you Roly! I received the Harp Wah. It is really very good!! It sounds great and is very expressive. I thought it would be of some interest to do a video that shows the versatility of your invention with this Hip Hop jam.“
Stéphane Laidet is one of those extremely creative harmonica players who cross many genre lines – from traditional, to hip-hop.
“I LOVE the Harp Wah! I tried Sandy Weltman’s Wah and it worked for me too! Thank you Roly! “
10 year old Kiersi is a little treasure. I was fortunate to have been introduced to her while discussing the Harp Wah with master player Sandy Weltman – Kiersi’s mentor and instructor.
Kiersi Joli’s Facebook Page:
Kiersi started playing harmonica at age 6 and already, with only these early years under her harmonica belt, is comfortably navigating the harp, uses overblows and is expressing genuine soul in her playing and singing. Pay attention folks, Kiersi will be a force to be reckoned with as she matures.
I am now a fan for sure.
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“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...
“Best harmonica innovation in a long time.
It takes harp “muting” possibilities to a new level. Thanks, Roly!”
“On tour, I use the Harp Wah… and the new Wah Claw handle makes it even easier to hold.
It’s just a great muted effect for harmonica! A great invention and a beautiful device!”
Marko BallandFrance's great
“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)
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.
“Yes!!!! The Wah Claw handle makes it even better!”
“It’s cool. The Harp Wah has it’s own thing – a different sound than using a tradition cup.”
Jason RicciGround-breaking US harp great
“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
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
“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
- Richard Gjems: Harp Effects… Richard Gjems with his Harp Wah on a minor harmonica.