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Harmonica CDs: Blues

-Recommended For Beginning Players- You will see this following a CD description when the CD contains at least a few songs on it that can be played along with on a standard key of "C" diatonic (most likely played in the 2nd Position in the key of "G"). We will also recommend the CD for beginners if the harmonica played on it will be good for "eartraining", that is, simple enough that the new player can begin to copy some of the riffs, sounds, and techniques found on it. All of these CDs are a good introduction to harmonica playing.


Buy Harmonica Classics CD Blues Masters Vol. 4- "Harmonica Classics"- Some of the best from the best. Songs include: Juke - Little Walter, Rocket 88 - Jimmy Cotton, Help Me - Sonny Boy Williamson, Messin' With The Kid - Junior Wells, Christo Redemptor - Charlie Musselwhite, Blues With A Feeling - Butterfield Blues Band, and more. 3 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd Position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy More Harmonica Classics CD Blues Masters Vol. 16- "More Harmonica Classics"- More of the best from the best. Songs include: Off The Wall - Little Walter, Cotton Crop blues - Jimmy Cotton, Keep It To Yourself - Sonny Boy Williamson, Help Me - Junior Wells, Whammer Jammer - Magic Dick (J. Geils Band), Pawnshop Bound - William Clarke, Hootin' Blues No. 2- Sonny Terry, and nine more. 4 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd Position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
An Anthology: The Elektra Years Butterfield, Paul- "An Anthology: The Elektra Years"- A collection of the best of Paul Butterfield. Paul plays some of the best high-energy blues harmonica you will ever hear. His "Work Song" is a classic harmonica instrumental. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy East-West CD Butterfield, Paul- "East-West"- This album features Paul Butterfield on harmonica and vocals. It contains his classic version of the "Work Song" (tabs are available for the melody). The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Butterfield Band CD Butterfield, Paul- "Paul Butterfield Blues Band"- This album features Paul Butterfield on harmonica and vocals. This first release of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band features 23 year old Paul Butterfield on harmonica. All harmonica is played in the 2nd Position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the Keys For CD Tracks section.
Buy Clapton Cradle CD Clapton, Eric- "From The Cradle"- This straight ahead blues album features Jerry Portnoy on harmonica. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Live & On The Move CD Cotton, James- "Live & On The Move"- This is one of our favorite James Cotton albums; he's definitely in his prime here. Lessons to be learned from his playing on this album include: use of repetition, incredible power and tone created by his breathing technique, an "over-driven amplified" sound that comes from his playing and not from a specific mic/amp combination, and a really good "feel" which comes from his great timing. Also, an excellent backing band. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Best of J. Cotton CD Cotton, James-"Best Of The Verve Years"- James Cotton is one of the second generation pioneers of Chicago blues harmonica and this is a good sampling of some of his best. 20 songs, cheap price, good deal. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Willie Dixon CD Dixon, Willie- "I Am The Blues"- This album features Big Walter Horton on harmonica on all tracks. 4 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd Position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy Buddy Guy CD Guy, Buddy- "Damn Right I Got The Blues"- There is no harmonica on this record, but it is good to jam to especially if you own "D" and "F" diatonics. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy the healer CD Hooker, John Lee- "the healer"- Lots of guest artists including Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie Raitt, and Carlos Santana. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Johnson cover CD Johnson, Robert- "The Blues Of Robert Johnson"- Not much harmonica, but good 12 bar blues songs to jam to. A compilation of Robert Johnson songs by various artists and available at a budget price. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy L. Walter Little Walter- "His Best"- Little Walter is one of the pioneers of Chicago blues harmonica and this is a good sampling of some of his best. All songs are played in the 2nd Position. 20 songs, cheap price, good deal. 8 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd Position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy John Mayall CD Mayall, John- "Turning Point"- This album contains the classic song "Room To Move", a great lesson in sounds and articulation for the diatonic. You can find the "Tabs" for the main harmonica part in the Tabs: Rock/Pop Riffs section. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy McCoy Blues CD McCoy, Charlie- "Harpin' The Blues"- The godfather of country and bluegrass harmonica. If you have never heard Charlie's melodic country flavored playing, you really should. All songs on this record are played in the 2nd Position. This album is blues, but very country flavored blues. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Great Blues Harp CD Misc. Artists- "A Celebration of Blues- Great Blues Harp"- A good sampling of many different blues harmonica players. Players include: James Cotton, Junior Wells, Magic Dick (J. Geils Band), Sugar Blue, Big Walter Horton, Billy Branch, Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, and 2 others. 6 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic (3 songs use an "A" diatonic). The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy old time harmonica blues CD Misc. Artists- "Harmonica Blues-the 20's & 30's"- Classic harmonica performances from the 1920's and 1930's. Some tracks are slightly out of tune. If you haven't heard this stuff before, take a listen. This is the beginnings of blues harmonica playing. Some of the best and most interesting 1st position blues. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Harp Attack CD Misc. Artists- "Harp Attack"- This album features James Cotton, Junior Wells, Carey Bell, and Billy Branch on harmonica. Good playing and interplay between the four. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy Superharps CD Misc. Artists- "Superharps"- This album features James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Billy Branch, and Sugar Ray Norcia on harmonica. Good playing and interplay between the four. 2 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic (3 songs use an "A" diatonic). The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy Charlie Musselwhite CD Musselwhite, Charlie - "Ace of Harps"- Twenty-seven years and fourteen albums since taking up the Chicago blues torch, Musslewhite's rich instrumental tone has the emotional specificity of a spectrographic analysis and his low voice saturates lyrics with unfeigned feeling. Today, too, his working band-three firebrands conversant with funk and rock as well as blues changes-keeps him alert, though it should have butted out on this set's wistful chestnut, "Yesterdays." On ten songs, including a country blues featuring his acoustic guitar, Musslewhite is compelling more often than entertaining. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Charlie Musselwhite CD Musselwhite, Charlie - "Harmonica According to Charlie"- "Ostensibly an instructional blues harp album (with an exhaustive accompanying book penned by Charlie), this is emotional and listenable rather than academic. Charlie covers a wide range of blues styles (and harp positions), and ventures to the outer fringes of the genre for the instrumentals "Hard Times" (from Ray Charles's sax man David "Fathead" Newman) and his Latin original "Azul Para Amparo" (backed only by guitarist Sam Mitchell). The English studio band is sympathetic, especially pianist Bob Hall." The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Sonny Is King CD Terry, Sonny- "Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1"- Sonny Terry is considered one of the 2nd Position blues pioneers, especially in the folk-blues style. This album showcases Sonny's playing from 1938-1945. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy Sonny Is King CD Check price or purchase Terry, Sonny- "Sonny Is King"- Sonny Terry is considered one of the 2nd Position blues pioneers, especially in the folk-blues style. All songs on this CD are played in the 2nd positon. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy SRV CD Vaughan, Stevie Ray- "In Step"- No harmonica. Great guitar-based modern blues. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Buy SRV CD Vaughan, Stevie Ray- "Texas Flood"- No harmonica. Great guitar-based modern blues. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Fathers and Sons CD Waters, Muddy- "Father And Sons"- This double-album size Muddy Waters CD is one of our absolute favorites for listening and jamming to. Paul Butterfield plays some of his best blues harmonica here on some classic Muddy Waters songs. 4 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd Position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy Muddy Waters CD Waters, Muddy- "Hard Again/I'm Ready/King Bee" [BOX SET]- A 3 CD set of some of Muddy Water's best sessions. The "Hard Again" CD features James Cotton on harmonica. All 3 CDs are solid blues for jamming to and listening. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Sonny Boy II CD Williamson II, Sonny Boy- "His Best"- Sonny Boy Williamson II is one of the pioneers of blues harmonica and this is a good sampling of some of his best. 3 of these songs are played on a key of "C" diatonic in 2nd Position. The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
-Recommended For Beginning Players-
Buy Kim Wilson CD Wilson, Kim- "Smokin' Joint"- "Kim Wilson, frontman for the Fabulous Thunderbirds, is on his own here and recorded live at two different clubs. Strong playing in the Little Walter tradition. Acoustic and amplified playing are both present. All songs are played in the 2nd Position unless noted otherwise. Take advantage of the tracks with no harmonica to add your own riffs." The songs on this album have been "keyed" for you in the CDs: Song Keys section at Harmonica Lessons.com.
Harmonica CD list Assorted Artists- Amazon list of Harmonica CDs- 48 harmonica CDs listed from the Amazon Music store. Blues, Chicago Blues, Jazz, and more.
Harmonica CD list Assorted Artists- Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey [SOUNDTRACK] - "The soundtrack to to the hit-and-miss PBS film series Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues--embraces field hollers, early queens Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith, the music’s first composer W.C. Handy, Delta slide guitarists, string bands, piano barrelhousers, jazz geniuses Count Basie and Lionel Hampton, Texas hotshots, lyric poets Percy Mayfield and Willie Dixon, Chicago powerhouses from Muddy Waters to Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf and howling white boys, soulkittens Etta James and Janis Joplin, juke joint brawlers like Hound Dog Taylor, African torchbearer Ali Farka Toure, modern guitar heroes Stevie Ray Vaughan and Luther Allison, and even recent hit-makers Peggy Scott-Adams and Susan Tedeschi. And that’s just a smidgen of the talents represented across more than 100 cuts."
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