Enjoy free harmonica playing tips, songs, and membership discounts! Also, latest sales and news from: HarmonicaStore. Join Now. If you have difficulty playing the hole 2 Draw note, you can substitute the hole 3 Blow for 2 Draw until you have the ability to make the hole 2 Draw come out correctly. Examples played followed by some explanation. This is not only a classic great sounding blues riff, but also the perfect place to practice and improve your hole 2 Draw bend. The first two played examples leave off the repeated hole 2 Draw at end of riff. The next example plays the riff 4 times in a row and adding the extra hole 2 Draws at end.
The 12-Bar Blues Chord Progression
A Short History of the Blues
Most beginning players are advised to get a harmonica in the key of C. Those new to music may ask why a C harmonica is needed, rather than another type. Others may ask what is meant by a key of C harmonica. These questions are reasonable, this page answer them. You need a C harmonica because most harmonica instruction books will assume that you have one, to match with the playalong CD. The 81 harmonica lessons at my teaching site Harmonica Academy can almost all be done with a just a C harmonica. Your music shop can help you get the right harmonica. It should have the letter C on the box, as shown here. To understand what is meant by a key of C harmonica, a very small amount of music theory will help.
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For this lesson, I am playing a C harmonica in 2nd position, so we are playing in the key of G. This lesson assumes that you already know how to isolate notes, and that you at least are starting to be able to bend notes. If you need help isolating notes, check out this lesson on Single Notes. And if you need help with bending, check out this lesson on Bending. I believe that understanding the history of the Blues will actually help you to play the Blues better, so consider taking a few minutes to read about it below.
Here are some free harmonica tabs for beginning, intermediate and advanced harmonica players. Harmonica tabs are easier to follow if the audio can be heard while watching the tab. The free harmonica tabs below use this method, the audio is provided with online players.