BackyardBrand

Harmonica USB Flash Drive, Personalize, Necklace & Ring

Chicago, Illinois · 338 Sales

BackyardBrand

Harmonica USB Flash Drive, Personalize, Necklace & Ring

Chicago, Illinois 338 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
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Announcement   SPECIAL OFFER:
Purchase an 8BG lesson-loaded FlashHarp® and for an unlimited time get good, good, good, good vibrations.

(I'm talkin' 'bout excitations.)
www.etsy.com/listing/55443461

A GREAT-SOUNDING MINI HARMONICA-AND-USB-DRIVE IN ONE
• Handmade by me of U.S.-made and imported parts
• Patented (U.S. Pat. Nos. D602,940 & D624,550)
• Necklace, Personalized and/or Musical Combo options
www.etsy.com/listing/55443461

COMES WITH 10 PRELOADED VIDEO LESSONS:
• Folksy, 10-minute "Five Basic Steps to Playing" lesson
• 9 Play-Along Songs (in the below styles) play as arrow ⬆⬇➡ guides the way:

STRAIGHTHARP:
• Style demo: "Rock A Bye, Baby" www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonicaUSB/about
• "Red River Valley"
• "Mary Had A Little Lamb"

CROSSHARP:
• Style demo: "Happy Birthday to You" www.etsy.com/shop/USBHarmonica/about
• "Shortnin' Bread"
• "Deep River Blues"
• "Careless Love"
• "Little Drummer Boy"
• "Auld Lange Syne"

WHAT'S "CROSSHARP" OR "STRAIGHTHARP?"
Click "More" above (see FAQ#9) ☝︎
Demo ☝︎ at my “About” page

USB PLUG-IN-ABILITY WHEN STILL IN BOX
•Add your own files to FlashHarp, too
Dimensions (in inches) with included USB cap on:
• In plastic box: 3½ x 1³⁄₁₆ x ¹⁵⁄₁₆
• Out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆
• Necklace FlashHarp measures ¼-inch longer so box is different

ONLY AVAILABLE HERE AT BACKYARDBRAND.ETSY.COM
• No Etsy account needed to buy
• I pack all items myself and ship in excelsior straw

WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T CLICK AWAY—TAKE THE NEXT STEP
to my Special of the Day: www.etsy.com/listing/55443461

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Announcement

Last updated on Jul 11, 2017

SPECIAL OFFER:
Purchase an 8BG lesson-loaded FlashHarp® and for an unlimited time get good, good, good, good vibrations.

(I'm talkin' 'bout excitations.)
www.etsy.com/listing/55443461

A GREAT-SOUNDING MINI HARMONICA-AND-USB-DRIVE IN ONE
• Handmade by me of U.S.-made and imported parts
• Patented (U.S. Pat. Nos. D602,940 & D624,550)
• Necklace, Personalized and/or Musical Combo options
www.etsy.com/listing/55443461

COMES WITH 10 PRELOADED VIDEO LESSONS:
• Folksy, 10-minute "Five Basic Steps to Playing" lesson
• 9 Play-Along Songs (in the below styles) play as arrow ⬆⬇➡ guides the way:

STRAIGHTHARP:
• Style demo: "Rock A Bye, Baby" www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonicaUSB/about
• "Red River Valley"
• "Mary Had A Little Lamb"

CROSSHARP:
• Style demo: "Happy Birthday to You" www.etsy.com/shop/USBHarmonica/about
• "Shortnin' Bread"
• "Deep River Blues"
• "Careless Love"
• "Little Drummer Boy"
• "Auld Lange Syne"

WHAT'S "CROSSHARP" OR "STRAIGHTHARP?"
Click "More" above (see FAQ#9) ☝︎
Demo ☝︎ at my “About” page

USB PLUG-IN-ABILITY WHEN STILL IN BOX
•Add your own files to FlashHarp, too
Dimensions (in inches) with included USB cap on:
• In plastic box: 3½ x 1³⁄₁₆ x ¹⁵⁄₁₆
• Out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆
• Necklace FlashHarp measures ¼-inch longer so box is different

ONLY AVAILABLE HERE AT BACKYARDBRAND.ETSY.COM
• No Etsy account needed to buy
• I pack all items myself and ship in excelsior straw

WHEN IN DOUBT, DON'T CLICK AWAY—TAKE THE NEXT STEP
to my Special of the Day: www.etsy.com/listing/55443461

Or zero-in on your special interests via the left sidebar below.

Jim McLean

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Jim McLean

Deep River Blues Crossharp Video
Deep River Blues Crossharp Video
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Careless Love Crossharp Video
Careless Love Crossharp Video
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Shortnin' Bread Crossharp Video
Shortnin' Bread Crossharp Video
$5.00 10% off order*
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About

Click orange arrow (over me in my old orange hat) to demo FlashHarp's excellent sound quality (me playing "Summertime").

Looking for something soulful?
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How about something both?
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Here's an original work of historical harmonica fiction:
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Check out my Monet eBook for Sellers.
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Got a memory that like Lincoln, "belongs to the ages?"
Want to release your own harmonica howl for freedom?
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My harmonica-plate thumb ring is very unusual.
www.etsy.com/listing/46166888/music-fest-thumb-ring-repurposed-from

What does 100% 5★ feedback look like? www.etsy.com/your/shops/BackyardBrand/reviews

Can one play crossharp on a FlashHarp? Yes!

Shop members

  • Jim McLean

    Owner, And Real Darn Tootin', Harmonica-Hootin', Handmaker Of The FlashHarp®

    Folks who know me well'll tell Backyard Blowin' ain't all I sell. Make it myself one at a time. Plays too—it's one of a kind. Video lessons right inside—sweet lil' harp 'n I ain't lyin'. Want one of these? Come see me—for my FlashHarp® Harmonica USB.

  • Joey

    My Boyhood Blood Brother

    The "F" in FlashHarp reminds me of 6th-grade English when to avoid memorizing the Gettysburg Address Joey ran a secret cable from his ear through his coat to a cassette player in the desk. His life embodied the notion that you can, too, just be you.

  • C. Monet

    Life Coach

    Monet's lesson resonates via the aesthetic he created, the power of which is evidenced by the monetary value his art now commands. Most important, Monet opens the door for us to see reality as we see fit instead of how our critics dictate we see it.

  • Wingèd One Who I Hardly Knew

    Who Herself Was A Memorable Captivator Too

    Before she flew away around a curve of hope that I so slipperily beheld in a rainbow, I stitched my Eternal Maternal this: “Mom, when God made you, God made you of love. What was left over, God made butterflies of.”

Production partners

  • Personalization engraver

    United States

    Personalization engraver

  • Custom metal-parts engineer & maker

    United States

    Under my direction makes FlashHarp's custom-tooled and -made cover plates.

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on Aug 8, 2017
Frequently asked questions

FAQ#1: “Why the 'BackyardBrand' name?”

I was in my backyard when the idea for my handmade, patented FlashHarp® harmonica USB came to me. Also, all 10 of the lessons I preload on the FlashHarp take place in my backyard, nine of which take advantage of the oversized FlashHarp I built—you guessed it—in my backyard.

FAQ#2: “Why buy a FlashHarp instead of a plain, old harmonica?”

Unlike ordinary harmonicas, FlashHarp has a unique set of feature/benefits to keep players—especially beginners—from turning into quitters...

1) FlashHarp's novelty delights all who see it. So learners stay stoked.
2) FlashHarp's usefulness keeps it handy. So its players keep playing!

I make FlashHarp with custom-U.S.-made and imported parts and pack and ship all items myself (in excelsior straw). I have 100% 5★ feedback (click tab at top).

FAQ#3: "Can I sample FlashHarp's sound quality?"

Certainly. Go here: www.etsy.com/shop/backyardBrand/about

Also, here in their entirety are two of my nine preloaded "Play-Along" Song Videos:
♫♫ "Happy Birthday To You" (played "crossharp" style) ♫♫: www.etsy.com/shop/USBHarmonica/about
♫♫ "Rock A Bye, Baby" (played "straight" harp style) ♫♫: www.etsy.com/shop/HarmonicaUSB/about

FAQ#4: "What's included on a FlashHarp (and what are its specs)?"

• A patented 8GB flash drive (U.S. Pat. Nos. D602,940 & D624,550)
• 10-minute 5-step lesson & 9 play-along videos
• A great-sounding, playable little harmonica (integrated with flash drive)
• A 26" - 29" necklace (necklace items only)
• Personalization (Personalized items only)

Specs:
- Full compatibility with USB 1.1 and 2.0
- Dual Channel Flash Memory Architecture
- Hot plug and play; functions like another hard drive
- Supports password protection
- No driver needed (Windows 98SE driver available)
Dimensions (in inches):
With USB cap on, out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆

FAQ#5: ”What's a FlashHarp do?"

• Integrates a harmonica and a flash drive in one
• Stores data such as pics, tunes, videos, just like ordinary flash drives
• Makes great-sounding music
• Makes a fun gift
• Looks fabulous (stainless steel, brass and black)
• Imparts the feeling of a musician carrying an ax to a gig
• Deflects any shaming of your playing ("Hey, it's just a flash drive—chill!"). And even if you stop playing for a while (it happens) should the urge to start playing again strike—which is a lot more likely with a FlashHarp since the USB gives you a reason to keep carrying it—well, I say go for it!

FAQ#6: "What DOESN'T FlashHarp do?"

• End up in the back of a drawer like plain, old harmonicas
• Leave you with the vacuous vibe of ordinary flash drives
• Start playing when you plug it in (that's a techy taboo)
• Record audio (there's no mic built-into the FlashHarp)
• Require you to bend or play single notes (but you can if you want to!)

The important thing is setting free the musical spirit inside you. The harmonica has always been a great tool for that. If it was good enough for Abe Lincoln—http://bit.ly/109ch1g—it's good enough for us.

FAQ#7: "Is FlashHarp Handmade?"

Yes!

The memory and musical workings are imported and supplied to me brand-new by market leaders. Additional custom-designed and -tooled parts are made just for me here in the state of Illinois, U.S.A. I carefully combine everything by hand so it all coexists peacefully. My video lesson and play—along songs, which demystify the obstacles that often trip folks up, are my finishing touch on a digital device with a hobo soul. Go here to find out more about where FlashHarp is handmade: www.etsy.com/people/BackyardBrand

FAQ#8: "What does the Press say about FlashHarp?"

INDIE ARTISTS ALLIANCE: "one of the coolest inventions that we have ever seen combining music and technology." indieartistsalliance.com/2011/04/flashharp/

GIZMODO: "4GBs of musical goodness." gizmodo.com/5397374/instructions-on-playing-the-flashharp-harmonica-usb-drive-come-included

DudeIWantThat: "You might find other USB storage sticks as portable and artful, but this is the only one with the added entrepreneurial potential to score you some beer money." dudeiwantthat.com/gear/music/4gb-flash-drive-harmonica.asp

Or Google FlashHarp, Harmonica USB or Backyard Harmonica Teacher.

FAQ#9: "What's crossharp? What's straight harp? Do I need to play single notes?"

More about sucking than blowing, crossharp (blues) really crosses up beginners because it makes the 2 "draw" (and 3, 6 and 9 "blows") the tonal center. www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand?section_id=13493203

Straight harp keeps the tonal center the 1, 4, 7, 10 "blows." It's how Billy Joel is blowing on "Piano Man." Acquiring do-ra-mi familiarity in the straight key is a necessary first step for any harmonica player. www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand?section_id=13498720

If you know how to play single notes, you know it's like riding a bike—and your skill will transfer to a FlashHarp. If you've yet to master single notes and want to, I offer this: www.etsy.com/listing/55473256

FAQ#10: "What do I do if I want to return my FlashHarp?"

1) DO NOT SEPARATE THE BOX HALVES. Returns are not accepted for FlashHarps whose box label-seal is not intact—so-called "Intimate items" that may have made contact with someone's lips. (See Policies.)

2) STATE TO ME IN A CONVO THAT THE BOX LABEL-SEAL IS INTACT AND ITEM IS UNUSED. I'll provide a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number.

3) WRITE RMA# CLEARLY ON OUTSIDE OF RETURN SHIPPING BOX. Refunds do not include the cost of shipping and are issued after received goods are confirmed unused. Cost to return to Buyer any goods I find unrefundable will be paid by the Buyer, in advance.