“No, Seriously, I Play Harmonica” By Roly Platt. Includes Free USA Shipping

Roly Platt

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A wonderful mix of great harmonica advice, stories from the road and recording studios and some general life observations. Roly’s writing style is engaging and interesting from the first page. I couldn’t wait to keep reading it and read it in about 3 sessions.
-Lynn Marie


Highly entertaining stuff!
-Steve Baker

… a very enjoyable book of entertaining reminiscences mixed with words of wisdom about musicianship, gleaned from his long experience playing all over Canada and beyond with legendary names like Ronnie Hawkins and Jeff Healey.
-Brendan Power

“No, Seriously, I Play Harmonica”
  — Brand new book by Roly Platt

This is an entertaining blend that includes deep dives into my approach to playing, pivotal moments and playing insights, along with a slew of funny, sometimes bizarre tales from my decades of working in the studio and on the road.

Roly’s book is much like a lively conversation; it is humorous, entertaining, and packed with insights into his unique approach to playing. Beyond technique, it also shares pivotal moments of his career, served up with a collection of delightfully comical and often bizarre stories from his time in the studio and touring the world. A must-read for musicians and enthusiasts eager to learn from a seasoned pro!

Key themes include:

Early Career: Insights into my initial steps in the music industry, including my decision to drop out of school to pursue music and the early challenges I faced.
Practice and Performance: Detailed discussions on the importance of practice, the development of a musician’s ear, and finding one’s unique sound.
Tours and Gigs: Entertaining, often bizarre tales from the road, illustrating the life of a touring musician with all its highs and lows.
Musical Influences and Inspirations: How various artists and genres influenced my style and technique.
Lessons Learned: The wisdom gleaned from years of performing and interacting with other musicians.


  1. Seriously…
  2. First Verse – The early days
  3. Practice
  4. Honourable Sideman (working in a band)
  5. On The Road
  6. Find Your Own Voice
  7. Turning Points
  8. (Take it to) The Bridge
  9. I Play In a Band
  10. Funny You Should Ask
  11. Improvising
  12. The “Right” Way
  13. Sounding Dirty?
  14. On The Road…Again
  15. Encore!
  16. “…And Another Thing”
  17. Musical Inspirations

This will be my forty-eighth year working as a professional harmonica player. I spent the first fifteen years of my career trying to become a great harp player. I’ve spent the balance of those years trying to become a decent musician. This is an candid, unvarnished, look inside my life as a musician, and how all these experiences have led me closer to that most worthy musical combination.

— Roly Platt

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