Ah, the harmonica. Have you ever found it strange that it can be played by blowing air into it, or by sucking in air through it? That’s a head scratcher, for sure. Though many people believe that the harmonica is only played round the campfire right before scary story-time at Boy Scout camp, or that it’s just ol’ Grandpa Joe’s favorite instrument... they’re wrong. Harmonica can add a lot of extra flavor to a band. If you’re wanting a more bluesy or folksy sound for one of your tracks, or if you just want to hear some good ol’ solo harmonica, take some time to look through these harmonica virtuosos right here on GigSalad.
Also called the harp, blues harp, mouth harp, hand reed, the harmonica is commonly used in blues and folk music, but also in jazz, classical music, country music, rock and roll, and pop music, as well as in funk and acid jazz. Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder and other legends have helped bring the harmonica to the forefront of pop music.
There's a few things you should consider when hiring a harmonica player. First, be sure to listen to audio and watch video samples of the performer. You want to be sure you are satisfied with the sound and look of the performer before you book him/her. Next, get references and read reviews. Talk to people in the area who have seen the performer and/or have booked them in the past. Feedback is the best way to ensure you are going to be satisfied with your choice. Last, always get a contract. Read the contract carefully and work out any details in regards to deposit requirements, length of performance, scheduled breaks, attire, travel, and lodging. Watch for specifications made by the performer and be sure you can meet them.