RCC Students Got De Blues

RCC Students Got De Blues!

Summer 2000, Keith and Larry Graham hosted Introduction to Blues Harmonica for the second time at Rockland Community College, Suffern NY. Eveyone had a great time. We worked hard to get that clear single note, the clean bend and play the Hoochie-Man riff. Larry Graham played bass and your webmaster (Keith Graham) did his best to hammer the 12 bar blues into a talented and eager class.

Larry on Bass, Keith holding his "Monster Harp" and class members
living the blues at Rockland Community College

To top things off on the last Saturday morning we were lucky enough to have the Straight Up Blues Band host a Harmonica Jam for the students.

The Stright Up Blues Band (from left to right) Rob, Big Jim, Carlos and Larry kick ass at the Harp Jam

Here is a group shot of all the usual idiots, friends and family having a great time at the jam.

(I am sorry for the image quality. I usually have good luck with a disposable camera and checking off "disk" when I get it developed. Always send your film to Kodak. Both times that I've used Konica picture disk it has come back blurry and poor resolution.)

More Pictures:

Another Class shot

Straight Up Blues Band

Party Shot 2


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I began collecting data about the microphones used by blue harp players before there was an internet. I began organizing it into JT30.com in the late 1990s. I accumulated more stuff than I remember. This is some of it.

Street Theory

A Harp Player’s Guide to Music Theory

Learning Harp

Picking Up Blues Harp

A guide to learning to play Blues Harp

Microphone Information

Usenet Articles

Harp Amps

I've been collecting Harp Amps for a while. This is the old Harpamps.com website. There is lots of information here. Here a coupld of links.

Harp Tab

A collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

Basic Riffs Simple harp tabs for songs Blues riffs and phrases.

Harp-L Archives 1992 to 2002


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