The Filisko Tongue-Block Trainer

Now YOU too have the opportunity to peek inside of your own mouth, and that of an instructor, to visually understand what is taking place inside your mouth and the mouth of the greatest players.  The FILISKO TBT will help you to unravel the mysteries of the tongue, and train this most amazing muscle to work closer to its full potential. Joe has come to believe that the main reason that people believe that tongue blocking is difficult is mainly because the tongue can not be seen while playing. That problem is now solved!  Order at

Numerous TBT instruction videos are available at

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Filisko’s Harmonicology

A collaboration of talent performing blues, traditional and original tunes. This project sprouted from Joe’s Rhythm & Chording class at the Old Town School, and hints at the harmonica bands of the past BUT has much more emphasis on American Roots music and vocals.  The project has members of all playing levels and abilities and has taken the Chicago area stages at the Old Town School, the Hideout, the Harlem Ave Lounge and was the opening act at the Paramount Blues Festival in Grafton, Wisconsin.


The Chicago Blues Harp Bash

Produced by Joe Filisko, fantastic blues harp concert series teaming a National headliner, local talent and an All-star backing band.  See more at the Bash Home Page.

History of the Blues Harmonica Concert 2 disc CD   Available again at Bluebeat Music

A work with David Barrett, Dennis Gruenling, and Kinya Pollard

Imagine a concert where you could experience blues harmonica playing and it’s most important players from its earliest recorded inception all the way up to today’s innovative harp blowers… the History of the Blues Harmonica Concert did just that!  One of the best possible live concert recordings that has more blues harmonica history than you can imagine packed into 2 CD’s!



Walter Horton Discography

Known recordings by Big Walter Horton. A work of Joe’s with contributions from a multitude of friends. Click title above for the .pdf file.


Blues Harmonica — encyclopedia entry

“Encyclopedia of the Blues”  Contributor
Joe authored the “Blues Harmonica” entry for the Routledge 2-Volume book set that came out in 2005.