The harmonica is a versatile and expressive instrument that has been used by many blues musicians to create some of the most memorable and influential songs in the genre. Some of the classic blues harmonica players that have shaped the history and style of blues harmonica are:

Little Walter: He is widely regarded as the godfather of blues harmonica and one of the greatest harmonica players of all time. He pioneered the use of amplification and distortion to create a powerful and distinctive sound that influenced just about everyone who came after him. He played with Muddy Waters and recorded many solo hits, such as “Juke”and”My Babe” I recommend the book Blues with a Feeling, The little Walter Story by Tony Glover, Scot Dirks and Ward Gains. Check it out here on Amazon.

Sonny Boy Williamson II: He was also known as Rice Miller, and he was one of the most prolific and influential blues harmonica players and singers. He had a unique style that combined smooth and rounded notes with sudden attacks and bends. He recorded many classic songs, such as “Help Me” and “Bring It On Home”.

The best of Sonny Boy Williamson is an album I played to death when I began playing. It totally inspired me and Help me was one of the first songs I learnt to play. It uses a Bb harmonica