Introduction to Chromatic Harmonica

Here’s a fantastic listen for those interested in the diatonic harmonica’s big brother.

The chromatic harmonica is often overlooked by harmonica players, myself included, but this year I’m finally diving in. When played in a blues context the “big harp” makes a great accompaniment to the diatonic and has a uniquely seductive, strident yet haunting sound.

Here David Barrett introduces many classic chromatic harmonica blues from heavy hitters like George Harmonica Smith and Little Walter, providing plenty of information and insights along the way.