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For ALL LEVELS: BEGINNER through ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE. Almost one hour in length, this QuickTime video tutorial narrated by Adam Gussow gives blues harmonica players a series of foundational principles for successfully amplifying their harp and getting that full, rich, ballsy Chicago/West Coast sound made popular by Little Walter, Big Walter, Paul Butterfield, Kim Wilson, and many other classic and contemporary players.

Gussow talks about mics, cupping techniques, speaker cone size, even and odd harmonics, solid state vs. tube (valve) circuitry, and the importance of overdriving every stage of the mic/preamp/poweramp/speakercone chain. Using his collection of vintage Fender, Premier, and Kay amps as evidence, Gussow takes you around back, explaining the magic of small-magnet speakers and SHOWING you the way in which speaker configuration subtly but profoundly affects the amps sound and playability. Every amp has an ideal operating range, above which it feeds back but below which it refuses to sing; Gussow shows you how to dial this in.

This video will be invaluable to harp players of all levels, from beginners thinking about purchasing their first amp to professionals still searching for the perfect sound.

Also included in this zip file is Gussows out-of print article from the American Harmonica Newsletter entitled Getting the Big Sound: Adams 10-Point Guide (1993).

Running length: 56:16 (long!)

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Rated 4 out of 0 to 5 based on 19 reviews

  Bluesharp08 wrote:
The video was very interesting and a lot of good information. However, I think you really need to go out and try a few amps in the proce range you want and the sound you want. It�s different for individuals I think. Adam likes the old Chicago style Crunch with a Horn sound, you may want something else. This is one your going to have to investigate further.

rating rating rating rating rating   Useful, but long for the amount of info. Good for price.

rating rating rating rating rating   Adams stuff is always great.

rating rating rating rating rating   e best Blues Instruction by Adam

rating rating rating rating rating   Thank You Adam so much!:)

rating rating rating rating rating   Excellent! Adam Gussow breaks everything down so well. Its good to have the benefit of his years of experience with harp amps.

  PDG (pretty darn good!) Thanks!

  Great video!

  very informative

rating rating rating rating rating   Excellent product, a regular gold mine of wisdom from a master Harp player.

rating rating rating rating rating   Told me everything I needed to get started ... Thank you

rating rating rating rating rating   Very informative video.

rating rating rating rating rating   I am not a harp player of any sort. In my spare time I repair, modify amps and guitars. Recently had a customer request I build him a custom harp amp. After watching this, I am going to try to steer him into allowing me to modify one of his existing amps to help him get the sound he is looking for. Thanks, much as I would love to build and sell him a custom amp, I think would be a dis-service to do so.

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