Blues Harp: An Instruction Method for Playing the Blues Harmonica

Tony "Little Sun" Glover FW08358 / FM 8358 / FI 8358

Tony “Little Sun” Glover (b. 1939) is a Minneapolis-born harmonica player and singer, most notably associated with guitarists “Spider” John Koerner and Dave “Snaker” Ray during the folk revival in the early 1960s. Glover performed with Ray until the latter’s death in 2002, and he still performs with Koerner on occasion.

This session, recorded in 1965, is an introduction to the basics of playing blues harmonica. Glover stresses that the student should first listen to a wide range of players before attempting to play.

The liner notes cover the recorded material in greater depth, as well as a discography of Glover’s favorite blues harp recordings.

Year Released 1965
Record Label Folkways Records
Source Archive Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Copyright 2004 Smithsonian Folkways Recordings / 1965 Folkways Records

Genre(s) Blues; Music Instruction
Country(s) United States
Instrument(s) Harmonica
Language(s) English
Subject(s) Blues; Instructional; Spoken word

Download Liner Notes

101 Tone Layout Tony "Little Sun" Glover 2:23
102 Single Note Exercises Tony "Little Sun" Glover 3:03
103 1st and 2nd Position- Explanation and Examples Tony "Little Sun" Glover 5:08
104 Cross Harp Tony "Little Sun" Glover 5:42
105 Simple Rhythm Exercise Tony "Little Sun" Glover 2:56
106 More Complex Rhythm Exercise Tony "Little Sun" Glover 2:18
107 12-bar Rhythm Exercise Tony "Little Sun" Glover 2:15
201 Varying Rhythms, Tonal Effects Tony "Little Sun" Glover 5:26
202 Bending Notes Tony "Little Sun" Glover 4:04
203 Transitional Bends, 10-bar Exercise Tony "Little Sun" Glover 3:58
204 3rd Position - Explanation and Examples Tony "Little Sun" Glover 3:55
205 4th Position - Explanation and Examples Tony "Little Sun" Glover 3:28
206 Combined Effects - Two Examples Tony "Little Sun" Glover 2:18
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