Harmonica USB Flash Drive, Necklace, Rings, Video

Chicago, Illinois

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Note from shop owner I have limited inventory remaining. Specifically, ONE FlashHarp Necklace (which, if purchased in tandem with the full-sized Plug 'n Play harmonica would comprise The Musical Combo/Necklace version). That's it. Please Convo and I'll pull open the door for you about when I'll re-open (soon, very soon!).


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Video summary: Click orange arrow over Rob's face to hear his riff on the FlashHarp.

New York City's world-renowned "session" harmonicist, Rob Paparozzi, demo's the FlashHarp.

Shop members

  • Jim McLean

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

    Folks who know me well tell Backyard Blowin' ain' all I sell. Make it myself one at a time. Plays too 'n 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—it's 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 (He got half an "A," i.e., an "F.") You can, too, just be you!

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    Monet's lessons resonate 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 others dictate we see it.

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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.

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Last updated on Apr 14, 2016


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Last updated on May 11, 2022

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 players keep carrying, and playing, it!

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.

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

Yes, here:

Also, here's one of my nine preloaded "Play-Along" Song Videos:
♫♫ "Rock A Bye, Baby" (played "straight" harp style) ♫♫:

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)

- 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 shame about your "sound" ("Hey, it's a flash drive—chill!"). Plus, even if you stop playing for a while (it happens), should the urge to start playing again strike—which is quite likely to happen 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— —it's good enough for us.

FAQ#7: "Is FlashHarp Handmade?"


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:

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


GIZMODO: "4GBs of musical goodness."

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."

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.

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.

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:

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.