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September 15, 2003

Blues Harmonica: Amazing Grace

Pianist and harmonica player Howard Levy has recorded a 3 minute harmonica solo of Amazing Grace to be released as a free download. Go, listen, again and again, then check out his appearance on Prairie Home Companion. If you like what you hear, visit Howard’s home page and recording company. This is just such a sweet track. 

Found at Joho the Blog– thanks D. Weinberger.

Posted by Eric at September 15, 2003 01:34 PM | TrackBack
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hello
i really like amazing grace on the harmonica. I have been playing for a little while but I’m not any good yet. Is the version on this page with a diatonic harmonica, and I was wondering if I should begin with a chromatic or with a diatonic. Thanks alot

Bob

Posted by: bob on November 2, 2003 12:19 AM | Reply to this

I couldn’t answer your questions, I’m afraid my knowledge of harmonicals is minimal-but you can contact the artist–Howard Levy–through his website: http://www.levyland.com/contact.php

On his site he does say that;
“Lately, I’ve switched back to mostly using Filisko single reed- plate harps. His instruments keep getting better and better, and I find that I’m able to get a big sound without blowing as hard, and also able to get all of notes more accurately and without straining.” Whatever that means… all I know is I love his sound.

Posted by: eric on November 2, 2003 02:08 AM | Reply to this

Don Baker does an excellent version of Amazing Grace, cross harp, on his album Duckin’ & Divin’. http://www.donbaker.ie

Posted by: Kevin Austin on November 13, 2003 02:15 PM | Reply to this