“Like a Trumpet Mute for Harmonica”
“Every harp player needs a Harp Wah to express themselves to the fullest!
Thank You Roly!!!”
— Rob Paparozzi – Blood Sweat & Tears, Blues Brothers…
Interested? Check Out the Harp Wah Website: www.harmonicamute.com
• Great Wah and Resonator Effects
• Aims Sound Directly Forward
• Looks Pro
• Lightweight, Anodized Aluminum
You may have thought that playing into a “cup” or “mug” for effect was just a “demonstrative” technique – a one-off kind of thing. Awesome in the right hands for sure but probably not much use beyond that…
I See It Differently.
And The Harp Wah™ Was the Result.
“This was something I originally created just for my own use…”
I think the “cup mute” effect should be used the way a trumpet player uses a trumpet mute – in the right place, it would be a great effect to have at a harmonica player’s disposal. Over the years I tried the old-school “playing into a cup” thing on some recording sessions and live situations, but I always found it awkward – especially when trying to aim the sound into a mic. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I found it very limiting when trying to play as “freely”, as I normally do, (without the restrictions of holding a large cup).
So I created this device just for my own use. After seeing the interest from my harp player friends and mentors, I decided to produce these for sale to the public.
The response has been overwhelming.
- Duo with Jon Knight – Sun/Jun/09/2019 – Friday Harbour – Innisfil, Ontario
- Soulstack – Sat/Jun/01/2019 – Orangeville Blues & Jazz Festival – Orangeville, Ontario
- Soulstack – Fri/Apr/19/2019 – Rhapsody Barrel Bar – Kitchener, Ontario
- Soulstack – Thu/Apr/18/2019 – Canal Bank Shuffle – Thorold, Ontario
- Grant Lyle – Sat/Apr/13/2019 – London Music Club – London, Ontario
“I’ve only recently discovered Roly and his fantastic playing. I needed a harp session in a hurry here in the UK, and although half a world away, Roly did the most amazing e-session for me in superquick time, recorded a superb performance, and I now have his number on speed-dial ! I can’t recommend him highly enough.”
“He was a good boy – always polite and well mannered.”
“The most versatile harp player I’ve ever worked with. Blues, Jazz. Country, he does it all”
“Roly is simply the greatest harp player anywhere.”
“When it comes to harmonica I don’t use anybody else, period!”
“I have worked with Roly Platt for over 30 years in many different musical situations. He is a first class musician and a first class human being. He’s worked for me on a wide variety of recordings (records, jingles, tv shows) and is always an inspiration and a positive influence on whatever project he’s involved with. He is, simply put, one of the best musicians I have ever worked with. He’s blessed with amazing technical skills but he also has great taste, feel and musical instincts that can…
“Roly, your harmonica playing, it is outstanding! Simply amazing. You are a wonderful musician. Thank you for your beautiful contribution to our film.”
“Roly is one of Canada’s best harmonica players! Any style!”
“Roly is my first go to guy on harmonica. While being great at blues, he is also capable of much more. Melodies, accompaniments etc. I highly recommend him.”