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The following links are to websites that I have learned to trust as valuable from my own experience. There are many others out there, and if you alert me to a great one, I will add it to the list. Thanks!

PS – I am just getting started, there will be many more to come…..

www.patmissin.com/

Pat Missin has put together a feast of historical, musical and technological information. A must for any serious harmonica freak.

www.dennisgruenling.com/

www.badassharmonica.com

One of the great modern blues harmonica players. Dennis pioneered the extensive use of ultra low tuned diatonic harmonicas and has a unique chromatic harmonica style that combines jump blues and jazz influences with a wicked groove. When he is not on the road playing one brilliant solo after another, he is at home cooking up great radio shows, developing instructional materials, and teaching.

Customharmonicas.com

Go here to get connected with Joe Filisko, James Gordon, Johnny Bishop and yours truly. One of the Gateways to a world of musical knowledge as well as high end harmonicas.

neilgraham.com.au

Neil Graham is a fine harp tech from “the land down under” that is pushing the boundaries of the instrument from his background as a blacksmith, player and being an relentlessly determined and curious soul.

http://www.harmonicamasterclass.com/

Dave Barrett has written a ton of books on learning blues harmonica, teaches constantly, plays the blues with power and authority, and is a general powerhouse of inspiration and productivity. Find out more about him at this site.

http://www.modernbluesharmonica.com

Adam Gussow’s website. Adam took his New York City energy and street smarts and moved to Mississippi. His harp playing mingles both influences and a lot more. His website has a ton of inspiring and informative material and links to his youtube videos.

http://www.bluesharmonica.com/

David Barrett’s treasure trove of well organized information on how to play blues harmonica. When David does something, he goes all-out, and this site is no exception.

Harp-L

The oldest forum of harmonica information and opinion on the Internet. A never ending source of inspiration, information, and occasional irritation. It’s all here, folks – total newbies to  seasoned pros and all shades of playing styles and attitudes.

http://www.bluebeatmusic.com/

Charlie Lange runs Bluebeat music and he has assembled THE premier blues harmonica recording resource in the world. This is not just my opinion, it is the place that many top instructors like Joe Filisko, Dennis Gruenling, Dave Barrett send folks to for recordings and inspiration. Over 18,000 titles in stock. Mind Blowing!

 Chromatic Harmonica Repair & Upgrading:

Steve Malerbi – Steve does not have a website right now, but here is his contact info:

email <harpsurgeon@hotmail.com>  phone – 415-388-7055.

Steve repairs and customizes, all Hohner, Suzuki, Seydel, and Hering model chromatics, chord and bass harmonicas, and custom or hand built instruments ie: Frank Huang, Bill Romel, Renaissance, Pollestad, etc. Steve does thorough, meticulous work.

Currently not working on diatonics, or doing altered tunings on the above.

 

http://spiersharmonicas.com/

Joe Spiers is one of the very best harmonica customizers on the scene today. He constantly pushes himself to learn new techniques and upgrade his considerable skills. Plus he treats his customers with great respect and service.

 

http://www.rockinronsmusic4less.com/

Rockin Ron has a well stocked inventory and goes the extra mile every time to give you the best possible customer service. His main focus is the harmonica, and he stocks all major manufacturers. He also gets into other related instruments and can put together orders drawing from some vendors with large inventory, so you can check with him about adding guitar strings, metronomes, all sorts of other items. He is a good guy to work with.

http://steviesnacks.com/

Great website for exploring Texas style blues guitar. Anthony Stauffer is based in State College PA, close to my home.  He has put together a number of great free videos (the one on “Spider Drills” is a very cool way to build up your fingers for any style of guitar playing) and he over – delivers on everything he puts together that is for sale.  He’s got dedicated downloaders all over the world coming back regularly for more ammo…

 

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