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’.
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
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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