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Offline Bunker Hill

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Harmonica Frank
« on: October 21, 2006, 01:06:05 AM »
If this isn't the forum to place this hopefully it will be moved, but I thought folk might like to see Stefan's latest addition to his web site:

Offline Gumbo

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Re: Harmonica Frank
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 10:08:21 AM »
This deserves to be in here, too. Thanks to JRO for posting it in the Youtube thread.
That has to be the maddest harmonica technique I've ever seen.  :o

I always thought he had some secret tuning going on but it looks like standard.

Offline Mike Billo

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Re: Harmonica Frank
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 07:10:10 AM »

  I first discovered Harmonica Frank when I bought the Puritan LP, in the early '70's.

I became obsessed.

For my money, Rockabilly officially starts with him. What a wildman!

To this day, I've tried to play Harp, Harmonica Frank style, with it stuck in my mouth like  a cigar and have no idea how it's done. I've seen others do it.
  I'm a practitioner of "tongue blocking" and yet, after all these years, it remains an elusive magic trick


Offline oddenda

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Re: Harmonica Frank
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 06:48:52 PM »
That is the same technique used by the great Henry Johnson of SC. Rice Miller (SBW II) did it on occasion, too.



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