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Harmonica Tracks

Phoning It in

Over the years I've been asked to cut harmonica solos for a wide variety of projects and it's one of the most fun things I get to do.

In the early days, this involved traveling to whatever studio the artist was using, hoping the recording engineer was actually familiar with the sound of a jazz harmonica, and hoping the artist could afford more than one or two takes with the studio time clock persistently ticking away the dollars. Even so, I was always glad to get the call because I knew I would benefit from the experience, regardless of the outcome.

These days, I usually get to "phone in" my part, recording at home in our project studio, taking my time (I don't charge by the hour), and cutting the best solo I can. I work with the artist until they're happy with the result, or they pay nothing.

How It Works

Usually the artist or their audio engineer will provide an mp3 or wav reference track (any standard format is fine) that starts at their zero time mark. Once we've discussed what's needed musically, I'll import the reference track into my DAW project and lay down takes and present the best of them (mixed with the reference track) back to the artist (easily downloaded from a private area on my website). Once the artist is happy with the solo, and upon receiving payment, I'll provide a dry (no effects) mono track that the audio engineer can fold back into their original multi-track mix.

Feel free to contact me at slim@slidemanslim.com for further details, estimate, or consultation.

Credits

Here are some of the outside projects I've played harmonica on over the years:

  • Dan Del Santo - 1 single and 5 albums (world beat and country)
  • Johnny Fabulous - Songs for the Hopeless Romantic (cocktail jazz)
  • Robert Rich - Medicine Box (ambient)
  • Soundtrack: Joann Sfar Draws From Memory (documentary film by Sam Ball)
  • Bobby Black - Steel Guitar Paradise (Hawaiian)
  • Glenn Letsch and Friends - Funky Business (groovin' Motown covers)
A sample reel of outside projects is in the works, in the meantime, here's some of my own work...
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