How do you play a mouth harp for beginners?
Who is the famous jaw harpist? “Four of the famous Jew’s Harp virtuosos of the world,” today are Svein Westad, Leo Tadagawa, Trần Quang Hải, and the late John Wright (1948-2013). Other performers include Phons Bakx and the earlier Angus Lawrie and Patric Devane. US country musician Jimmie Fadden played the Jew’s harp on many albums.
What sound does a mouth harp make? The sound that the jaw harp produces could be described as a “twang”.
Why is it called a Jew’s harp? The origin of Jew’s is uncertain. Some have connected it to the Cleveland dialectal gew-gaw, related to the Old Norse giga (compare modern Swedish giga). Others have suggested it derives from an early English or German word jue or jaws. The synonym jaw harp may have therefore come first.