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Easy harmonica song: Learn to play 'Jumping do-re-mi'

Welcome back to another FREE beginner harmonica lesson! Today I’ll teach you a new easy harmonica song, in which you’re going to practise single notes, holes jumping, as well as scales playing. The name of this simple tune is ‘Jumping do-re-mi.

I composed this small song to help you develop the skill in playing on different harmonica holes, focusing more on some distanced notes. This is a real good training exercise for beginner harmonica players.

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Although this lesson has been recorded with a C harmonica, you can practise and learn the tune on every harp key, cause today we are not using any backing track.

Why I designed a tune to practise holes jumping? We all know that learning something is easier if you put it in a nice sounding way, making the process funny and helpful; However, the musical licks in this lesson have been built to train you and develop the technique required to play better the blues harp.

For this lesson I’m using a Hohner special 20 harmonica, the tune is in the key of G and we are going to play in 2nd position. Second position harmonica playing makes large use of the 5th degree major scale, in this particular lesson the G major scale, or better the G seventh - dominant – scale; today we are not going to include note bending in this beginner study session. The notes of this scale are G, A, B, C, D, E and F. All these notes are available on the center area of the instrument, and our C harp is perfect to play in second position making use of the holes 3 to 10, where we’ll find most of the useful notes without the need of bending.

How to read the video lesson tab:

How to read the video lesson tabs:

One plus symbol means to blow the harmonica hole.

An apostrophe means to bend the note of a half-tone.

A double apostrophe means to bend the note of a whole-tone.

A triple apostrophe means to bend the note of three steps.

A dot before the notes means to use tongue blocking articulations.

^ means playing the note with a ‘dip’ bending.

R before a note means reaching that note with a glissando effect.

Sh means ‘shake playing’ or ‘warlbe’.

Ft means ’Flutter tungue’ techinque.

P means ‘Pull technique’.

V means ‘Vibrato effect’

Tr means ‘Tremolo effect’.

Song analysis: 

Playing difficulty level: Beginner harmonica players.

Note bending skills: No bending required.

Lesson focus: You’ll practise playing clear single notes, the second position doinant seventh scale, and playing holes with distance 1, 2 and 3 and 4.

Following the song tab:

5 4 2 4+ 5+ 4

6 4 3 5+ 4+

1 3+ 4 6+ 8+ 8

7 6+ 4 2 3

1+ 4+ 2+ 5+ 4 7 6 6+

7+ 5+ 4 1

2 6+

In this lesson you learned another easy harmonica song, practising distanced holes playing and notes jumping, together with the second position dominant seventh scale. I think you should have enjoyed learning with me today, and if you want to improve your harmonica playing you’ll find a list of my online school harmonica courses here.

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