Adam Gussow, Teacher of the Blues Harp

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ever wanted to learn how to play the Blues harp? 

YouTube is definitely your friend when it comes to this. Search for "blues harp lesson" and the top of the list shows a video by Adam Gussow, also known as KudzuRunner, with more than 140,000 views.

Adam Gussow is an American scholar, memoirist, and blues harmonica player.

Gussow is currently an associate professor of English and Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. He spent twelve years (1986-1998) working the streets of Harlem and the international club and festival circuit with Mississippi-born bluesman Sterling Magee as a duo called Satan and Adam.

As of February 22, 2007 Gussow has been running YouTube tutorials aimed at passing on his proficiency and knowledge in the harmonica to those who are interested in learning to play blues harmonica. Gussow from his first lesson says, "I'm tired of this mystification, I'm going to teach you all I know." As of November 11, 2008 the series has 157 episodes.

You may also check his website at

So watch all his videos, learn from them, and impress your friends!


Anonymous,  December 2, 2010 at 4:39 PM  

I have been studying your harp lessons for months now, and have made more progress and have more hope than I have been able to get in the last three years, Adam. Your thoughts about using puckering to get around tongue blocking have been stupendously helpful!! From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

John Du December 3, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

hey mark,

glad to see a fellow harp fan on board. adam is indeed a truly amazing guy, sharing his knowledge and skills to everyone for free. i just hope he reads our comments :-)

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