In our series of buyers’ guides we look at the various models produced by the major harmonica manufacturers. This time it’s the turn of German brand, Seydel, or to use its full name, CA Seydel and Sohne. A Long History Back in the late 90s and early 2000s I had the good fortune to work […]
About Jonathan Prestidge
Write about all things harmonica-related at The Harmonica Company and about all things coffee-related at Perfect Daily Grind.
Classically trained pianist, self taught guitarist and harmonica player. Also play bass and drums (badly).
Have a whole bunch of largely irrelevant qualifications.
Don’t know your Paddy Richters from your Richters, or your harmonic minor from your natural minor tunings? Our simple guide will help you navigate the slightly arcane world of harmonica tunings. What is Richter Tuning? Richter tuning is the most common tuning type seen on diatonic harmonicas. Named after the 19th century harmonica maker, Joseph […]
When I was an undergraduate back in the early 1990s, one of my friends was a Computer Science student. He’d regularly make visits to the IT labs at the university – strange, dark rooms devoid of natural light and crammed with computers whose blinking command line driven interfaces were enough to discourage their use by […]
If the search query ‘what harmonica should I buy?’ is the most common harp-related entry on Google, then the corresponding ‘which key of harmonica should I buy?’ question must be a close second. Before we examine this in detail, though, it’s worth noting an important point: if you never perform with other musicians, and never […]
Every year, towards the end of the summer term at my secondary school, we were ‘treated’ to a speech by the head of the board of governors. Despite the fact that he was addressing an audience composed primarily of teenagers who’d already sat through at least one of these speeches in the past, the governor’s […]
In our series of buyers’ guides we look at the product ranges of the major harmonica manufacturers and explain the differences between models. This time it’s the turn of Japanese brand, Suzuki. Not a Motorbike Manufacturer In the US and Britain in the 1970s, the conglomerate reigned supreme. Companies like ITT were so diversified that […]
In our harmonica buyers’ guides we outline the differences between the models produced by the major manufacturers. This time it’s the turn of Lee Oskar. What’s in a Name? The world of harmonicas has its fair share of artist-related products – from the signature models of harp produced by Hohner and carrying the names of […]
To help you choose the best harmonica for your needs, we’ve put together a series of buyers’ guides. As it’s the biggest and arguably best knowm harp maker, we’re starting with Hohner. Hohner – The Brand There are some brands whose names become so synonymous with the products they manufacture that the brand itself becomes […]
In the sleeve notes of Scottish indie band, Belle and Sebastian’s fourth album, ‘Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant’ there’s a curious piece of prose about Glasgow hipsters and the subjects of their conversations. I remember reading this back in 2000, when the album was released, and pondering what was meant by […]
In his 2008 book, Outliers, the American intellectual and writer, Malcolm Gladwell, discusses the role of natural ability in achieving world class expertise in a particular skill. In one of the early chapters, he focuses on the work of Stanford professor, Lewis Terman, who sought out child prodigies and followed their subsequent progression into adulthood. […]