It’s hard to take harmonica players seriously. What doesn’t help is that so many harmonica players don’t act as if they want to be taken seriously. We have the reputation as the dumbest musician on the stage, and that’s only if we’re considered musicians at all.
But with a good working knowledge of how to play, how to follow a song, how to work with the other band members and an idea of what you’re doing up on stage, you can be considered an asset to any band instead of a novelty act. In Playing Harmonica Like a Real Musician, Eric Pulsifer touches on the things they don’t teach the growing musician.
Eric Pulsifer played with many bands and several genres over the last three decades, parlaying his unique sound and his knowledge of music to take center stage. Currently in California, he plays in several groups and remains in high demand.
This work is for intermediate and advanced players. If you’re not there yet, hang on to this. You’ll be there soon.