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Learn how to play harmonica with Litlle Wlater: Last night solo

Hi and welcome to this new harmonica school upper-intermediate level lesson. Today I’m pleased to teach you how to play another great Little Walter harmonica solo, performed by this harmonica master in the song known with the name Last night. This tune has been issued in 1954 By checker, US.

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We are going to perform also in this lesson some tongue blocking techniques that provide a great rhythm feel, taking advantage of this technique features, where chords and melodic elements work together. You’ll play with me the licks that form the blues chorus sections and practise them on the provided play-along video.

Intermediate level harmonica players will enjoy learning this blues harp solo by one of the most rewarded harmonica players, improving the way they play in second position, aka the cross harp.

In order to perform this tune we’ll use a G harmonica like in the original Little Walter song, and we’ll play it in 2nd position. For this lesson I’m using a Hohner Marine Band Crossover, wheraes the song key is D. In the provided video below on this page, you’ll find the tablature on which the harmonica holes are notated. Follow my indications and play after having listened to me! No talking in these harmonica lesson series, just playing, learning and having fun.

Song analysis:

Playing difficulty level: Intermediate harmonica level.

Note bending skills: Draw bending on holes 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Lesson focus: Playing the blues scale, integrating blues riffs and melodic blues licks on the low end harmonica notes; Tongue blocking technique features like slaps and pulls, rhythmic harmonica playing and glissando effect. Shake or warlbe playing, flutter tongue execution.

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 ‘warble’.

Ft means ’Flutter tongue’ techinque.

P means ‘Pull technique’.

V means ‘Vibrato effect’

Tr means ‘Tremolo effect’.

Here is the tablature for this lesson:

3^4sh 3^4sh 3^4sh 

3 4+ 4 5+ 5 6+ 6 5 5+

4 4+ 3' 3' 3'' 2 2'' 2 2

r56ft 4' 4+ 3' 2 r56ft

3 4+ 4' 

3^4sh 3^4sh

V4 4' 4+ 3' 4' 3' 2

2 3' 4+ 4' 3' 2 2'' 1 1' 2

2 3^4sh 3^4sh 3' 2

.2 2''1 1 2

In today's lesson you learned how to perform a great Little Walter solo, the one he plays in his version of the song named Last Night. If you enjoyed learning this tune with your harmonica, you might want to improve your blues harp skills: enroll for free and have a look to my online harmonica courses here.

Keep practising and see you soon in a new lesson!

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