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’.
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!