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Beginner harmonica lessons: Learn an easy song for a C harmonica

Hi and welcome to another learning video from my collection of beginner harmonica lessons! Today I’ll teach an easy and nice tune for the C harmonica, called ‘Scales’.

I created this song to help you practice the C major scale, the most important set of notes you can play on this type of harp. All the notes of this scale are available on holes 4 to 7 and this lesson will focus exactly on that harmonica area.

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Although this lesson is intended for a C harmonica, you can study and practise the tune with every harmonica key, cause we are not using any backing track and we will just play alone.

Why I designed a tune to practise scales? Simply because learning something is easier if you put it in a nice sounding way, making the process funny and helpful; However, the musical phrases in this lesson have been built to make you to learn the scale, playing it in different ways and following different patterns.

For this lesson I’m using a Hohner special 20 harmonica, the tune is in the key of C and we are going to play in 1st position. First position harmonica playing makes large use of the key major scale, for this reason when you buy a harmonica in a certain key, it will be easy to play on the same key tunes.

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 major scale and performing different patterns on the center area of the harmonica.

Here is the tablature for this lesson:

4+ 4 5+ 4+ 5 5+ 4 5+

4+ 4 5+ 5 6+

5+ 5 6+ 5+ 6 6+ 5 5+

4 5+ 5 6+ 5

7+ 7 6 6+ 7 6 6+ 5

6 6+ 5 5+ 4

4+ 4 5+ 5 6+ 6 7 7+

7 6 6+ 5 5+ 4 4+

In this lesson you learned how to play an easy but nice and useful tune to practise the C major scale. I think you should have enjoyed practising with me today, and if you want to improve your harmonica playing you’ll find a list of my online school harmonica courses here. I hope to see you soon on these pages!

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