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Winslow Yerxa
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Winslow Yerxa
Winslow Yerxa is known worldwide for his deep harmonica knowledge and clarity in speaking and writing about it.
Winslow’s subtle, insightful teaching focuses on how strengthening basics and attention to small details can yield rich benefits in every aspect of your playing.
He also has a vast and entertaining store of lore, knowledge, and experience to share. 
Winslow plays nearly every type of harmonica and performs in and arranges for jazz, Celtic and blues groups.
He is the author of the books Harmonica For Dummies, Second Edition and Blues Harmonica For Dummies, resident expert at, and former contributor to and publisher of HIP – the Harmonica Information Publication.
He teaches at the Jazzschool Community Music School in Berkeley, California and is past president of  SPAH, the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica.
Jason Ricci enthuses about Winslow Yerxa:
Winslow is a mad scientist of harmonicas and harmonica music. Winslow published HIP - the Harmonica Information Publication. For HIP he wrote articles outlining the layout and possibilities of this instrument before anyone had ever done so. He did this for bass harps, chromatics, tremolos, chord harps and diatonics, and stranger harps alike.
He is the author of books like Harmonica For Dummies and Blues Harmonica for Dummies. During his years at HIP he interviewed Popper,  Madcat, Levy, and many, many others for us, asking pertinent questions relevant to our community. I sought out these old and discontinued publications and devoured them in the backs of vans during long tour drives. When I met Winslow it was like meeting the "Larry King" of the harmonica community. Winslow is brilliant.
Winslow is a master of French, French Canadian styles, fiddle tunes, Scottish, jazz, and blues alike. He is in my opinion the greatest player ever to touch the XB-40.
While I was running the Blow Off at SPAH I booked Winslow on every event I ever held. He is a very logical, calm, perceptive, patient and attentive teacher, person and player. He brings to the event amazing resources for stylistic diversity, scale and modal explanations and applications, history and use of various harmonicas, overblows, valved harps, XB 40's, Sub 30's, chromatics and more!
With Winslow Yerxa being the current president of SPAH (one of the world’s premier harmonica conventions for 50 years) potential H.C. attendees should have no worry at all that they are in the best organizational and unbiased artistic hands ever offered by any seminar, camp, or getaway!

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Winslow's interview with David Barrett
(excerpt - for the full interview check out )
Winslow Yerxa performing on diatonic harmonica -"Spanish Changes" with Tuula Tossavainen Cotter
Winslow Yerxa performing on chromatic harmonica -"Surrey with the Finge on Top" with the San Francisco Harmonica Ensemble