Harp Gear harmonica amplifiers for
harp amp players.
remember to check the NEWS ARCHIVES for past
news. *** 1/31/08 *** It's
rare I get up in the morning and find anything that makes me want to
update the news right away. This morning is one of those rare
times. As a lot of you know, I use the Lone Wolf Harp Delay
exclusively when I am playing and demoing the amps now. I
was over at Lone Wolf
Blues this morning looking around and I saw that Ryan Hartt had done a demo video
of the Lone Wolf Harp Delay.
If you have been thinking about getting one of these delays or if you
have never heard of it I recommend you check it out. Here's the video:
*** 1/30/08 ***
I just got off the phone with Jon Gindick this morning and he has some
great camps coming up. I have attended quite a few jam
the years and I still can't emphasize how great they are. I see
players from every level there who range from the player who can't get
a single note to the pro level player looking to polish up his
One thing that always impresses me is how every player has something to
offer and how freely they share it. When everyone shows
up on the
first day of the camp you see many tenative faces all around.
the first hour it's like a group of old friends hanging out. Jon
brings some of the best talent around to these camps to teach and
everyone walks away with something. I still believe his camps
of the biggest differences in my playing. You get the tools and
motivation you need at every camp to make huge leaps in your level of
play. I am not a paid endorsee and I mean every word I write
People spend lots of money on gear in search of "that sound". If
haven't tried one of these camps you should because it will make any
amp you have sound better and get you closer to "that sound".
small list of camps coming up soon. If you get in touch with Jon
him know I sent you. He'll take good care of you.
time ago I got a new harmonica case by Jeffrey Spoor over at Cumberland Custom Cases.
I have been using it for a while now and I thought I would offer my
thoughts on it. I had another one of his cases before that held
harps. While it was great to carry around for everyday carry it
enough capacity for when I went to a seminars or jams. This case
seven harps and it is enough to carry the harps I generally need when I
I was hesitant to get a bigger case before because it would be too
bulky to carry comfortably. Jeffrey has made the seven harp
so the harps are on their backs and the size of this case is much more
convenient to carry then the eight harp case where there are four one
each side of the flaps. This case, like the four harp case I used
before, goes with me everywhere. It's just the right size to not
intrusive in my everyday travels while still allowing me to have all
the harps I generally need with me.
The construction is amazing. You can see from the pictures that
stitching is beautiful and the overall attention to detail is as good
as it gets. One thing some people forget when they get a high
leather case is that it needs to be broken in. That's one of my
favorite parts of Jeffrey's cases. When you get them they have
nice stiff high quality leather feel and in short order they are
breaking in like a well used baseball glove. After almost a
using my new case it feels nice and soft and it just keeps getting
better. I really can't recommend these cases enough. I am
craftsmenship and you can tell it's here when you first open the
Every piece I have received from him was a work of art that will last a
lifetime with proper care. The fact he integrated tweed into the
design is just icing on the cake. If you are looking for a new case or
just want something nice to carry your harps around in I highly
recommend you get a hold of Jeffrey over
at Cumberland Custom
*** 1/10/08 ***
Today I will have a guest news correspondant. Dennis Gruenling is
staying here for a few days and will be doing todays update for
will turn it over to him now..
...this just in...
2008 is officially the "YEAR OF THE WALTER"
In March 2008, Marion "Little" Walter Jacobs will be inducted in
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - "sideman" category. Some folks may not
be keen being remembered as a "sideman" and not as his own artist in
the Hall of Fame, but I for one am very grateful.
Having been studying and teaching blues harmonica for years, one of the
main areas of study and teaching for myself and my students has been
how to accompany in a traditional blues band setting, which is an
essential part to playing Chicago-style blues harmonica, and Little
Walter has set the standard in this area as well.
Many players are familiar with the classic Chess recording of Muddy
Waters with Walter backing him up on harp, but if you don't know of
some of the other artists he accompanied, you should check out some of
- w/Jimmy Rogers (on Chess)
- w/John Brim (on Chess)
- w/Johnny Young (on Testament)
- w/Leroy Foster (re-issued on the Classics label)
For my upcoming new release, which is a tribute to Little Walter, I
chose many of my favorite songs where he was not only a bandleader, but
where he playes the sideman role. If you don't know the above material,
and consider yourself a serious student of blues harp, this stuff is
essential! One of the biggest parts of being a great musician is
knowing how to play in an accompaniment role without stepping on the
other musician's toes, but still adding to the song overall. Little
Walter was KING of this, and every blues harp player should be familiar
with these essential recordings.
Also be on the lookout for a special Little Walter/Blues Harp issue of
Big City Blues Magazine coming out soon...!
I am very proud to proclaim 2008 as the
"YEAR OF THE WALTER"!!
*** 1/5/08 ***
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
hope everyone is having a good new year. Things at HarpGear are
great and I really appreciate all the great customers, friends and
players I have met over the last few years here. Dennis Gruenling
be here in Ocala at the Tin Cup Tavern with Doug Deming and the Jewel
Tones this coming Wednesday January 9th. Dennis is available for
private lessons for anyone locally who is interested. I spoke
Jason Ricci for some time last nighty and his booking agent is working
on booking him at the Tin Cup Tavern also. So it looks like some
talent will be coming through here very soon. Once
again i hope everyone has the best new year and I will talk to you
soon! As always please feel free to email me or call with any
questions. Thanks! Past