GREAT SONGS TO PLAY ON HARMONICA - TABS, AUDIO CLIPS AND BACKING TRACKS

Great songs to play on harmonica

On this page, you'll find a list of some of the most beautiful songs to play on harmonica. For each of them, you'll find the tabs, audio clip, and backing track. For some of the songs, a full lesson is available – use the appropriate link to get to the lesson page.

I have personally played all the songs listed and decided to perform them in a freer way, choosing for each how much to stick to the original melodies; in some cases, you’ll find variations of the main theme as well as some improvisation. The purpose of this page is to give you some great ideas about how to play any song you like, whether it’s a harmonica song, or one that doesn’t involve harmonica but that you want to use to reproduce the vocals or any other instrument.

Some of these songs are easy, and beginner player can grab their harmonica and have fun playing them in a few minutes, the intermediate harmonica players can try my enhanced versions, and the improvisation they'll find with most of the tunes.

More songs will be added on this page every week, so stay tuned and enjoy learning with the best music of the last century!

Help me growing this page, if you like the songs, share it with your friends, I would really appreciate it!

HOW TO READ THE 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.

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

sh means ‘Shake playing’ or ‘Warble.’

ft means the ’Flutter tongue’ technique.

P means ‘Pull technique.’

V means ‘Vibrato effect.’

wa means ‘Wah-Wah Effect.’

All Along The Watchtower by Bob Dylan

All Along The Watchover on harmonica logo
SONG FACTS: "All Along The Watchtower" is a folk-rock song released in 1968 by Bob Dylan. The song is in minor mode and presents some simple harmonica licks.

Harmonica key: C
Position: Third
VERSE 1 TABS:
6 7+ 8 8, 8 7+ 6
6 7+ 8, 8+ 8 7+ 6

VERSE 2 TABS:
7+ 8, 8 8 8 8, 8
9 8+ 8, 8 8 7+ 6, 6 7+

VERSE 3 TABS:
8, 8 8 8, 8, 9 9+
8, 8 7+ 6

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Amazing Grace

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SONG FACTS: "Amazing Grace" is one of the best-known known songs in Western music, and it sounds really sweet on harmonica. The original composition, a Hynn, doesn't contain the harmonica, however the beautiful melodies of this song are perfect for the blues harp. Check the improvisation version!

Harmonica key: C
Position: First
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
6+ 7+, 8+ 7+ 8+, 8
7+, 6 6+, 6+
7+, 8+ 7+ 8+, 8
9+, 8+
9+, 8+ 9+ 8+ 7+, 6+
6, 7+ 6 6+, 6+
7+, 8+ 7+ 8+, 8
7+

12th POSITION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4+ 5, 6 5 6, 6+ 5, 4 4+, 4+
5, 6 5 6, 6+ 7+, 6
7+, 6 7+ 6 5, 4+ 4, 5 4 4+, 4+
5, 6 5 6, 6+ 5

2nd POSITION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4 6+, 7 6 6+ 7, 6
6+ 5+ 6+ 6 6+ 5+ 4, 4
6+, 7 6 6+ 7 6 6+ 8, 7
8 7 8 8+ 8 7 6 6+
4 5+ 6+ 6 6+ 5+ 4, 4
6+ 6 6+, 5+, 7 6 7, 6
6+, 5+ 6+

2nd POSITION IMPROVISATION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4 6+, 7 6 6+ 7, 6
6+ 5+ 6+ 6 6+ 5+ 4, 4
6+, 7 6 6+ 7 6 6+ 8, 7
8 7 8 8+ 8 7 6 6+
4 5+ 6+ 6 6+ 5+ 4, 4
6+ 6 6+, 5+, 7 6 7, 6
6+, 5+ 6+

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Auld Lang Syne by Robert Burns

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SONG FACTS: "Auld Lang Syne", is a Scottish song, and its words are attributed to the national poet of Scotland, Robert Burns. The composer is not definitely known. In English-speaking countries, the first verse and chorus are now closely associated with the New Year festival. Try my enhanced version too!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS:
6+ 7+, 7+ 7+ 8+ 8, 8 8 8+
7+, 7+ 8+ 9+ 10
10 9+, 8+ 8+ 7+ 8, 7+ 8
8+ 8 7+, 6 6 6+ 7+
10 9+, 8+ 8+ 7+ 8, 7+ 8
10 9+, 8+ 8+ 9+ 10
10 9+, 8+ 8+ 7+ 8, 7+ 8
8+ 8 7+, 6 6 6+ 7+
ENHANCED VERSION TABS:
3+ 14+, 14+ 14+ 25+
14, 14 14, 25+
14+, 14+ 25+ 36+ 56
56 56+, 45+ 45+ 4+
14, 14+ 14, 25+ 14
14, 2 3'' 14+ 14+
^6 35+, 25+ 25+ 14+
14, 14+ 14, ^6 36+
25+ 25+ 36+ 6 7+ 6
r7+ 6 6+ 5+ 4 4+ 4+ 5+ 4
2 3'' 14+ 14, 25+, 14+

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Bad To The Bone by George Thorogood

Bad To The Bone on harmonica logo
SONG FACTS: This Blues-Rock song was released in 1982. It was composed by George Thorogood. It became popular in TV shows and movies, and it adapts the hook and lyrics of Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy". This is a great blues hook playing exercises and you need to bend some harmonica notes. I played the main riffs of the song and some variations.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 2nd
VERSE TABS:
2 2 4+ 2 3' 2
2 2 4+ 2 3' 2
2 2 4+ 2 3' 2
2 2 4+ 2 3' 2

VARIATION 1 TABS:
2 2 4+ 2 34' 2
2 ^34 ^34 2 2''
2 4+ 2 34' 2, 14
2 ^2 2'' 1 2

VARIATION 2 TABS:
2 2 4+ 2 3' 2 2''
2 2 4+ 2 34' 2
2 2 4+ 2 3' sh^45
^2 2'' 1 1' 1 2

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

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SONG FACTS: Known also as "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" outside the United States, this is another great song to play on harmonica quite easily. It contains a few sweet melodies that you can play in first position.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
6+ 6+ 6+ 5 5+ 6+ 7+ 8
8+ 8+ 8+ 8 7+
6 6 6 7 7+ 7 7+ 6
6+ 6 6+ 5 5+
6+ 6+ 6+ 5 5+ 6+ 7+ 8
8+ 8+ 8+ 8 7+
7+ 8, 8 8 7+ 7 7+

REFRAIN TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
6+, 5 5+ 6 7+ 8 8+, 7+
6, 7 7+ 7 7+ 6 6+, 5+
6+, 5 5+ 6 7+ 8 8+, 7+
7 8, 8 8 7+, 7 7+

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Bella Ciao

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SONG FACTS: This is a very popular Italian song, and I felt like to add it to this page cause that's my country. The melodies of this folk track are easy and memorable. Try my improvised version too.

Harmonica key: A
Position: 4th
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
5 6 7 7+ 6, 5 6 7 7+ 6
5 6 7 7+, 7 6 7+, 7 6 8+ 8+ 8+
8 8 8+ 9 9, 9 8+ 8 9 8+
8 7+ 7, 8+ 7+ 7 6

IMPROVISATION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
2+ 3'' 3 14+ 14 25+ 25
25+ 14 sh56+
r7 7 6 6+ 6 6+ 5+ 4, ft56+
4 ^6 6' 6+ 5+ sh45
3'' 3 14+ 14 25+
14 14+ ^34, 14+ 3''

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Blowing In The Wind by Bob Dylan

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SONG FACTS: Bob Dylan's harmonica playing was quite elementary, but still his songs left a sign in the contemporary musical panorama. "Blowing In The Wind" is an example of this simple playing, where the biggest part was still done by the lyrics and not by the technique.

Harmonica key: C 
Position: 1st
VERSE 1 TABS:
6+, 6+6+ 6, 6 5 6+, 5+ 4 4+
6+, 6+6+ 6, 6+ 5 6+
6+, 6+6+ 6, 6 5 6+, 5+ 4 4+
5 6+, 6+ 5, 5+ 4 4

VERSE 2 TABS:
6+, 6+6+ 6, 6 5 6+, 5+ 4 4+
5+ 6+, 6+6+ 6, 6+ 5 6+
5+ 5, 5 5+ 4, 5+ 5+, 5+ 4 4+
5 5+, 5, 4, 4+ 3 4+

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Dirty Old Town by The Pogues

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SONG FACTS: This folk song was written by Ewan MacColl and it has been made popular by The Dubliners. The version I played here is the one recorded by another group called The Pogues. This is a really easy harmonica track to play, and below you'll find the original intro and my enhanced version. To play the latter, you will need to bend some notes and know the tongue blocking too. Enjoy!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 2nd
VERSE 1 TABS:
4 6+ 6 7, 6+ 6 7 6+ 4
r7 8 8+, 8+
r8 7 6, 6+ 7
4 6+ 7, 6, 6+

ENHANCED VERSION TABS:
r4 6+ 6 7 8 7
r7 6 6+ 6 7 6+ 5+ sh34
14+ 14 ft25+, 14 25+ ^34
3 4 3 3'' 14, 2 2'' 2+

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Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen's

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SONG FACTS: "Hallelujah" is a folk-rock song released in 1984. Every busker knows how to play it, and on harmonica this song can be really inspiring. My improvised version involves some tongue blocking features like tongue flutters and split notes, in particular octave playing. You'll find also the glissando effect.

Harmonica key: C
Position: First
VERSE AND REFRAIN TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
5+ 6+ 6+ 6+, 6+ 6 6 6, 5+
6+ 6+ 6+, 6+ 6 6 6, 6+
6 6, 6 6 6+ 6+ 5 6+
6+ 6+, 6+ 6+ 6 6 7 6+
7+, 6 7+ 7+ 8 7+
8 8, 8 8+ 8+ 8+ 8 8 7+
5+ 6+ 6 6, 6 6+ 5+ 5+, 5+ 6+
6 6, 6 6+ 5+, 5 5+ 4

IMPROVISATION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
36+, 6 6+ ft25+
36+, 6 6+ ft25+
45, 45, sh34
14+, 14+, 3+ 3’’ 3+
56, 56 7+ 7 56
ft36+, 6 36+ ft25+
56, 56 7+ 7 56
ft36+, 6 36+ ft25+
78, 78 9 8 7
ft47+, ft59+
r7+ 6+ 5+ 4+ 3+ 2+
r6+ 5 4 3 3’’ 2
14+ 3+ 2+ 1+

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Happy Birthday

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SONG FACTS: I believe that every human being knows "Happy Birthday", has sung it at least once, or has heard it sung by a friend or relative at a birthday party. We’re talking about a song that has been translated around the world into about 20 different languages – the most well-known English-language song on the planet. In the last version of this song you'll play some nice shakes, wah-wah effect and octaves (split notes.)

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Harmonica key: C
Position: First
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
6+ 6+ 6 6+ 7+ 7
6+ 6+ 6 6+ 8 7+
6+ 6+ 9+ 8+ 7+ 7 6
9 9 8+ 7+ 8 7+

LOW OCTAVE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
2 2 3’’ 2 4+ 3
2 2 3’’ 2 4 4+
3+ 3+ 6+ 5+ 4+ 3 3’’
5 5 5+ 4+ 4 4+

12th POSITION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
1+ 1+ 1 1+ 2’’ 2+
1+ 1+ 1 1+ 2 2’’
1+ 1+ 4+ 3’’ 2’’ 2+ 1
3’ 3’ 3’’ 2’’ 2 2’’

2nd POSITION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
1 1 2+ 1 2 2’
1 1 2+ 1 3’’ 2
1 1 4 3 2 2’ 2+
4+ 4+ 3 2 3’’ 2

IMPROVISATION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
2 2 3’’ 2 45+ sh^34
2 2 3’’ 2 14 wa14+
2 2 36+ 25+ 14+ ^34, 4+ 3 3’’
25 25 25+ 14+ 14,
14+ 25+ 36+
47+ 58+ 69+ 710+, r14+

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Heart Of Gold by Neil Young

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SONG FACTS: "Heart Of Gold" is a great folk-rock song to learn on the harmonica, as it’s pretty simple but contains some nice ideas. If you play also the guitar, this is a song you can try with it, using a neck rack.

Harmonica key: C
Position: First
INTRO TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
5+ 6+, 5 5+ 4, 4+ 3+
5+ 6+, 7+ 6 6+ 5+
3+ 3+ 3+, 4+ 4+ 4+,
5+ 5+ 5+, 4 4+ 4 5+ 3+

SOLO 1 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
5+, 5 5+ 6+, 5 5+ 4 5+ 4 4+ 3+
5+ 6+ 7+, 6 6+ 6 6+ 5+
4+ 5+, 4 4+ ^6 6 6+ 6 6+ 5+, 4 4+

SOLO 2 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4+, 5+ 5+ 7+
6 6+ 7+, 5+ 5 5 5+ 5 5+ 3+
3+ 3+ 3+, 4+ 4+ 4+
5+ 5+ 5+, 5 6+ 7+ 6+ 5+
4 4+, 6+ 6+, 5 5+ 4, 4+ 3+

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Hey Jude by The Beatles

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SONG FACTS: I like to play "Hey Jude" in first position, cause I can take benefit of some tongue blocking features. That's the way I played the second version of one of the most famous pop-rock tracks by The Beatles. You'll find in it split notes, tongue flutters, shakes and dip bends!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS:
6 5+, 5+ 6+ 6 4
4 5+ 5 7+, 7 6+ 6 6+ 5 5+
6+ 6 6, 8 7+ 7 6 6+
4+ 4 5+ 6 6+, 5 5+ 5 4 4+
VARIATION TABS:
6 ft5+, 5+ 6+ 6 sh45
14 25+ 25 37+
7+ 7 6 6+ 6 6+ 5+ 6 6+
36+, 6 7+ 6, 6 48 37+ 7 6 ft36+
14+ 14 25+ ^6 36+
25 25+ 25 14 ft14+

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Home On The Range by Daniel E. Kelley

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SONG FACTS: "Home On The Range" is another great western song to play on harmonica. This classic folk composition is also the official Kansas state anthem. The track is in the Top 100 western songs of all time. Grab your harmonica and learn this simplified version!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 2nd
VERSE 1 TABS:
4 4 6+ 6 7, 7 6+ 5+ 7+ 7+ 7+
7 7+ 8, 6+ 6+ 6+, 7 7 6
4 4 6+ 6 7, 7 6+ 5+ 7+ 7+ 7+
7+ 7+ 7, 6 6+ 6, 7 6 6+
VERSE 2 TABS:
8, 7+, 7
4 4 6+, 6+ 6+ 6+, 7 6 6
4 4 6+ 6 7, 7 6+ 5+ 7+ 7+ 7+
7+ 7+ 7, 6 6+ 6, 7 6 6+
VERSE 3 TABS, REPEAT VERSE 1

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Home Sweet Home by John Howard

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SONG FACTS: "Home Sweet Home" was one of the first songs I learned on harmonica. It sounds sweet and it is very simple. Each beginner harmonica player should try this little first position tune, and I played also an enhanced version for intermediate players that know how to tongue block on harmonica. Listen to the particular effect, where it seems that two harmonicas are playing at the same time, one executing the lead part and the other the accompaniment. 

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4+ 4 5+, 5 6 6+
5+ 6+ 5, 5+ 5 4 5+
4+ 4 5+, 5 6 6+
5+ 6 5, 5+ 5 4 4+

ENHANCED VERSION TABS, PLAYED TWICE: 
THIS VERSION IS PLAYED USING THE TONGUE BLOCKING TECHNIQUE. HOLD THE MAIN NOTE, WHILE PLAYING THE CHORDS WITH THE TONGUE. MOVE IT BACK AND FORWARD TO PLAY THE ACCOMPANIMENT.
4+ 4 5+, 5 6 6+
5+ 6+ 5, 5+ 5 4 5+
4+ 4 5+, 5 6 6+
5+ 6 5, 5+ 5 4 4+
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Hurt by Johnny Cash

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SONG FACTS: This is a version of "Hurt", a Nine Inch Nails's song covered by Johnny Cash in 2002. I recreated the melodies of this nice minor tune, adapting them for the harmonica, on the higher octave to avoid playing bent notes. If you can, play my improvised version of the refrain too. 

Harmonica key: C
Position: 4th
VERSE 1 TABS:
8+ 9+, 8+ 8, 7+ 8+
6 7+, 7+ 8, 7+ 8+
8+ 9+, 8+ 8, 7+ 8+
6 7+, 7+ 8, 6 6

VERSE 2 TABS:
8+ 9+ 8+ 8, 7+ 8+
6 7+, 7+ 8, 7+ 8+
8+ 9+ 8+ 8, 7+ 8+
6 6 6 7+ 7+, 8, 6 6+

REFARIN TABS:
9+ 8+ 8, 7+ 7+
7+ 8 7+, 8
9+ 8+ 8, 7+ 7+
7+ 6 7+, 8 6+ 6+
6 7+, 6 8 6 7+
8, 8 7+ 8
8 7+, 8 7+ 7+
8 7+ 8+, 6 6+

IMPROVISATION TABS:
6 7+ 8 7+, 6 7+
8 8 8+ 8 7+
4+ 4 5+ 6+ 6 6+ 7+, 7
r7+ 7 6 6+ 6 6+ 5+
4 ^4 14+
14+ 14 25+, 14 14+

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I Wanna Dance With Somebody by Whitney Houston

I Wanna Dance With Somebody on harmonica logo
SONG FACTS: Those who know me know also that I like to play harmonica on almost every musical genre, and the Dance is one of those. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" by Withney Huston is one of my favorite songs of the 80s. I know you'll have fun with it!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 2nd
VERSE TABS:
4 4, 4, 5+ 6+, 5+ 6+, 5+ 6+, 7 5+
4 4, 4, 5+ 6+, 5+ 6+, 5+ 6+, 7 5+
7+ 7+ 7+ 7+, 7+, 7, 6 6
4 7, 8, 7 6 6+
4 4 4 4+, r7+ 7 6

REFRAIN TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
7, 7 7 6+ 6+ 6+, 6
7, 8 7, 6+ 6+ 6+ 6
7, 7 7 6+ 6+ 6+ 6
6+, 6+ 6+ 6 7 6, 6+

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Imagine by John Lennon

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SONG FACTS: "Imagine" is a wonderful soft-rock song by John Lennon, issued in 1971. It has been his best single, and the lyrics deliver a message of peace to the listener. I really liked transcribing this song for harmonica.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS:
5+ 6+ 5+ 6+, 7 7 6, 6 7 7+ 8
6+, 5+ 6+ 5+ 6+, 7 7 6, 6 7 7+ 8
6+, 5+ 6+ 5+ 6+, 7 7 6, 6 7 7+ 8
6+, 5+ 6+ 5+ 6+, 7 6
6 7+ 6 7+, 8+ 8+ 8,
7 7, 7 7+ 8

REFRAIN TABS:
6, 6 7+ 7, 6 7 7+ 6+
6 7+ 7 6 6 6+ 6+
6, 6 7+ 7, 6 7 7+ 7+
7+ 7+ 8, 8+ 8 7+ 7 7+

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Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont

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SONG FACTS: This is one of the Christmas songs more known, composed by James Lord Pierpont, and published in late 1857. You'll find here the whole transcription.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE 1 TABS:
5+ 5+ 5+, 5+ 5+ 5 +
5+ 6+ 4+ 4 5+
5 5 5 , 5 5 5+ 5+
5+ 4 4 5+ 4, 6+
5+ 5+ 5+, 5+ 5+ 5 +
5+ 6+ 4+ 4 5+
5 5 5 , 5 5 5+ 5+, 5+ 5+
6+ 6+ 5 4 4+
VERSE 2 TABS:
6+ 6+ r8+ 8 7+ 6+
6+ 6+ r8+ 8 7+ 6
6 6 r9 8+ 8 7
7 9+ 9+ 9 8 8+
6+ 6+ r8+ 8 7+ 6+
6+ 6+ r8+ 8 7+ 6
6 6 9 8+ 8 9+ 9+ 9+ 9+
10+ 9+ 9 8 7+

VERSE 3 TABS, REPATED VERSE 1

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Jurassic Park Theme

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SONG FACTS: "The Jurassic Park soundtrack" is a symphony, and in performing it, there are several instruments that play together (an ensemble). The main theme can therefore be interpreted in various ways. For example, in the first part, the melody is played on a lower octave, while in the second part, other instruments are added and played on a higher octave. This way of composing and performing the songs is important, and helps to convey the emotions in the listener.

Watch the full lesson on how to play the Jurassic Park theme on harmonica!

Harmonica key: C
Position: First
VERSE 1 TABS:
4+, 4+ 3 4+, 4+ 3
4+ 4 4, 5 5, 5+ 4+
4 3 2, 5+ 4+ 4, 6+ 4+
5, 5+ 4 4

VERSE 2 TABS:
7+ 7 7+ 6+ 5, 7+ 7
7+ 6+ 5, 7+ 7
7+, 6+ 4+
7+ 7
7+ 6+ 5, 7+ 7
7+ 6+ 5, 7+ 7
7+, 6+ 5 6+, 5 5+
5, 4 4+ 4, 4+ 3
4+, 3, 4+

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Knocking On Heavens Door by Bob Dylan

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SONG FACTS: Learning to play "Knockin' On Heavens Door" is a must among many beginner harmonica players. This is a folk song, but some consider it a gospel tune. Rack harmonica players, give it a try!

Harmonica key: C
Position: Second
VERSION 1:
7 7, 7 6 6, 6 6+ 6 5+
4+ 4 5+, 6+ 6 6+

VERSION 2:
7 7, 7 6 6, 6 6+ 6+
5+ r7+ 7 6 6+ 6 6+ 5+

VERSION 3:
6+, 7 8 8 8+, 7 6 6+ 6,
7+ 7 6 6+

VERSION 4:
7 7, 7 6 6, 6 6+
6+, r7+, 7 6+

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Love Me Do by the Beatles

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SONG FACTS: Very often, when talking about music, the simple things are those that work best, and the song Love Me Do by the Beatles is a great example of simple but effective.
The recording presents a nice out-of-tune harmonica sound, and this perfectly suits this kind of song, because blues harmonica isn’t about perfection. Sometimes, it’s about ambiguous tuning, and the fact that the player doesn’t exactly hit every single note becomes an advantage, as it can make everything sound more soulful and genuine.

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Harmonica key: C
Position: Second
VERSE 1 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
5, 5+, 4, 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+
5 5 5, 5+ 5+ 5+, 4, 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+
5, 5+, 4, 3+ 3+ 3+ 4+ 3
3+ 3+, 3+ 3+, 3+ 4+ 3

SOLO TABS:
5, 5+, 4, 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+
5 5 5, 5+, 4, 3+ 3+ 3+ 3+
3’’, 3+ 2’, 3+, 2’’ 2+ 1
3’’, 3 3’’ 3+ 2’, 3+, 2’’ 2+ 1
3+, 3+ 3+, 3+ 3+, 3+ 4+ 3
3+ 3+ 3+ 3+

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Love me Tender by Elvis Presley

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SONG FACTS: This song reached the top position in the music charts in 1956, Elvis Presley recorded it in August of the same year. The track is also featured in many films and many artists covered it, with its sweet melodies about love. The song genre is defined in the between of rock and rockabilly. I played "Love Me Tender" on the high harmonica holes so you don't have to bend notes and beginner harmonica players can enjoy playing it.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS:
6+ 7+, 7 7+ 8+, 8, 6 8
7, 7 6 7 7+
6+ 7+, 7 7+ 8+, 8, 6 8
7, 7 6 7 7+

VERSE 2 TABS:
8+ 8+ 8+ 8+, 8+ 8+ 8+ 8+, 8+
8+ 8 7+, 8 8+
8+, 8+ 9 8+, 8, 6 8
7+ 7 6 7 7+

VERSE 3 TABS, REPEAT VERSE 1

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Low Rider by WAR

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SONG FACTS: "Low Rider" is a rock or Latin-funk song recorded in 1973 by an American funk band called War. This is an easy song to play on harmonica and the riff doesn't contain bent notes. For this reason, I played the main theme and some more challenging variations. See if you can play them all!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 2nd
VERSE TABS:
3 3 3 3 3 4+ 4
2 3 4+, 3 2
3 3 3 3 3 4+ 4
2 3 4+, 3 2

VARIATION 1 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
2 34 34 34 34 34, 45+ 45
2 ^34 45+ ^34 2
2 34 34 34 34 34, 45+ 45
2 ^34 45+ ^34 2

VARIATION 2 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
2 34 34 34 34 34, 25+ 14
3 4 3 3'' 2 ^34 2
2 34 34 34 34 34, 25+ 14
3 4 3 3'' 2 ^34 2

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Mary Had A Little Lamb by Sarah Jjosepha Hale

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SONG FACTS: "Mary had a little lamb" expresses the love and affection between Mary and her cute friend, the Little Lamb. I played a simple version of the tune and an enhanced variation, with some tongue blocking features like split notes and tongue flutters.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE 1 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
5+ 4 4+ 4 5+ 5+ 5+
4 4 4, 5+ 6+ 6+
5+ 4 4+ 4 5+ 5+ 5+
4 4 5+ 4 4+
ENHANCED TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
25+ 14 14+ 14 25+ 25+ ft25+
14 14 ft14, 25+ 36+ 36+
r6 6+ 25+ 14+ 25+ 14 14+ 14 ft25+
4 , 4+ 4 4+ 34 14+

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Mary Jane's Last Dance by Tom Petty

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SONG FACTS: "Mary Jane's Last Dance" contains a relly simple harmonica lick, that's why I decided to create some variations of it, as well as an improvisated sequence.

Harmonica key: C
Position: Third
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
56, 56+ 45 45+, 45
56, 56+ 45 45+, 45 45+ 45 45+ 45

VARIATION 1 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
56, 56+ 45 45+, 45 45+ 45 45+ sh^45
56, 56+ 45 45+, 5 5+ 4 4+ 4’ 4 5 4

VARIATION 2 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
^6, 7+ 6 6+ 56 56+, 5 5+ 5 6+ 5 5+ 56
45, 45+ 5 5+ 4 4+ 4 5+, 5 5+ 4 4+ sh^45

IMPROVISATION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
^4, 4 4+ 4 6+, 5 4
36+ 25 14, 36+ 25 14, sh^45
6+ 5 4 r6 7+ ^6
r8 7+ 6, 6’ 6+ 5, 6+ 5 4, 5 4 14+
14

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No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley

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SONG FACTS: "No Woman No Cry", everybody knows this great song by Bob Marley. The melodies of this tune sound great on harmonica, and they are pretty simple too. Harmonica fits perfectly with reggae music!

Harmonica key: C
Position: First
VERSE 1 TABS:
5+ 6+ 6+ 5+
5+ 5+ 5+ 5+ 5+, 4 4+
3+ r5+ 5+ 5+ 5+, 4 4, 5 5+ 4 4 4+

REFRAIN TABS:
7+, 7 7+ 7 6
8+, 9 8+ 8 7+
7+, 7 7+ 7 6, 7+ 6
8+ 8+, 8+ 9 8+ 8 7+

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Ode To Joy by Beethoven

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SONG FACTS: This symphony was composed between 1922 and 1924 by Ludwig van Beethoven, and it is regarded by many experts the greatest work of this talented composer. I remember I learned this tune on a melodica at school when I was a kid. Now I enjoy playing it on harmonica, and I think you'll also appreciate these great classic melodies. A simple tune for beginners, but also a split notes version for the more expert players, everybody can enjoy this!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS:
5+ 5+ 5 6+ 6+ 5 5+ 4
4+ 4+ 4 5+ 5+, 4 4
5+ 5+ 5 6+ 6+ 5 5+ 4
4+ 4+ 4 5+ 4, 4+ 4+
4 4 5+ 4+ 4, 5+ 5 5+ 4+
4, 5+ 5 5+ 4+ 4, 3+
5+ 5+ 5 6+ 6+ 5 5+ 4
4+ 4+ 4 5+ 4, 4+ 4+

ENHANCED VERSE TABS:
25+ 25+ 25 36+ 36+ 25 25+ 14
14+ 14+ 14 25+ 25+, 14 14
25+ 25+ 25 36+ 36+ 25 25+ 14
14+ 14+ 14 25+ 14, 4+ ft14+
14 14 25+ 25 25+ 14+
14, 25+ 25 25+ 14+ 14 , 36+
25+ 25+ 25 36+ 47+ 36+ 25+ 14+
14+ 14+ 14 25+ 14, 14+
1+ 2+ 3+ 4+ 5+ 6+ 47+

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Oh! Susanna by Stephen Foster

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SONG FACTS: In 1948, "Oh! Susanna" has been released. The song was written by Stephen Foster, and became one of the most famous western folk songs of America. There is no armonica player that don't learn to play it! I performed here the simple version and my personal tongue blocking variation. Enjoy!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE 1 TABS:
4+ 4 5+ 6+ 6+, 6 6+ 5+ 4+
4 5+ 5+ 4 4+ 4
4+ 4 5+ 6+ 6+, 6 6+ 5+ 4+
4 5+ 5+ 4 4 4+
5 5 6 6, 6 6+ 6+ 5+ 4+ 4
4+ 4 5+ 6+ 6+, 6 6+ 5+ 4+
4 5+ 5+ 4 4 4+

ENHANCED VERSION TABS:
14+ 14 25+ 36+ 36+
36 36+ 25+ 14+
14 25+ 25+ 14 14+ sh^45
14+ 14 25+ 36+ 36+
36 36+ 25+ 14+
14 25+ 25+, 14 14 ft14+
r5, 5, 6 6, 6
36+ 36+ 25+ 25+ ft14
14+ 14 25+ 36+ 36+
36 36+ 25+ 14+
14 25+ 25+, 14 25+ 14
14+ 3+ 2+ 1+

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On Top Of Old Smokey by The Weavers

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SONG FACTS: "On Top Of Old Smokey" is a beautiful American folk song that reached the pop music charts in 1951, when recorded by The Weavers. This tune sits at position 414 in the Roud Folk Songs index. Its melodies are sweet and easy to play on the harmonica, in first position like most of the folk and popular songs. Enjoy the original licks, and if you can, try my version too!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4+ 4+ 5+ 6+ 7+ 6
5 5 6+ 6 6+
5+ 5+ 5 6+ 6 4
5 5 5 5+ 4 4+

ENHANCED VERSION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
14+ p14+ 25+ 36+, 7+ 6
6 7+ 8 7+ 6 7+
5 36+ ^6, sh56+
4+ 4 4+ 5+ 4+ 5 6+ 14
25+ 14 14+, ^34 14+

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Piano Man by Billy Joel

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SONG FACTS: Basically, Billy Joel’s Piano Man is a great way to start learning the blues harmonica, because it is a really well-known song with very simple but memorable melodies. The trademark licks recall the singer’s melody, which is a very simple but powerful way to use the instrument on sung pieces.
In the original song, double notes are played in place of the clean single notes. These double notes sound wonderful, due to the fact that when you play harmonica in first position, the note layout of the instrument is to your benefit.

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Harmonica key: C
Position: First
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
6+, 6  6+, 5 5+, 5 5+
4+, 4 5+ 4
5+ 5  6+, 6 6+ 5 5+ 5 5+
4+, 5 5+ 4 4+

DOUBLE NOTE VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
56+, 56  56+, 56 56+, 56 56+
45+, 45 56+ 45
56+, 56 56+, 56 56+, 56 56+
45+, 56 56+ 45 45+

HIGH OCTAVE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
9+, 10, 9+, 9, 8+, 9, 8+
7+, 8, 8+, 8
8+, 9, 9+, 10, 9+, 9, 8+, 9, 8+
7+, 9, 8+, 8, 7+

IMPROVISATION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
6+, 6, 6+, 5, 5+, 4, 5, 5+, 4+
5+, 5, 6+, 5, 5+, 4, 5+, 4
7+, 6, 6+, 5+, 5, 5+, 4, 5+
4+, 4, 5+, 5, 5+, 4, 4+, 4+

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Red River Valley by Jules Verne Allen

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SONG FACTS: "Red River Valley" is one of the most loved songs by harmonica players that are starting to learn. Its melodies sound sweet and the song is pretty easy to perform. I also created a variation of the song for intermediate players, have a look! 

Harmonica key: C
Position: 2nd
VERSE TABS:
4 6+ 7, 7 6 6+, 6 6+ 5+ 6+
4 6+ 7, 7 7 8, 7+ 7 6
4 6+ 7, 7 6 6+, 6 7 8 7+
5+ 5+ 4, 6+ 6+ 7, 6 6 6+

ENHANCED VERSION TABS:
4 6+ 7 8 7. 7 6 +6 6 6+, 25+ 36+
4 5+ 6+ 7 8 7+, 7 6 6+ r8+ 8, 7 6
4 r7 6 6+,6 6+ 5+ 6+
4+ 8 37+
1 2+ 2 3'' ^34, ^34 14, 25+ 2

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Roadhouse Blues by The Doors

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SONG FACTS: "Roadhouse Blues" is one of the most known rock-blues songs, issued din 1970 by The Doors. As a blues song, leaves plenty of room for improvisation, that's why I recorded the vocal line melodies, the harmonica main riff, and a little improvisation that will challenge many intermediate harmonica players. The latter makes use of some tongue blocking features: split notes and double notes.

Harmonica key: A
Position: 2nd
VERSE 1 TABS:
2 2 2'' 2, 2 2'' 2, 2'' 2, 2'' 2, 2 3' 2
2 3' 4+ ^45, 4 4' 3' 2 3', 2
2, 2 2'' 2, 2'' 2, 2'' 2, 2 3' 2
2 3' 4+ ^45, 4 4' 3' 2 3', 2 2

VERSE 2 TABS:
14 14+ 14+, '34 '34 2 2''
14, 14+ 34' 2 2'' 2
14+ 14+ 36+ 25 14 25 36+, 14
^6, 6+ 5 6+ 5 4 sh^45

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Silent Night

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SONG FACTS: "Silent Night" is one of the most famous Christmas songs, and it sounds great on harmonica. Learn to play my improvised variation and your family will love you!

Harmonica key: C
Position: First
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
6+ 6 6+ 5+, 6+ 6 6+ 5+
8 8 7, 7+ 7+ 6+
6 6 7+, 7 6 6+, 6 6+ 5+
6 6 7+, 7 6 6+, 6 6+ 5+
8 8 9 8 7 7+, 8+
7+ 6+ 5+ 6+ 5 4 4+

IMPROVISATION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
36+, 6 6+ ft25+
36+, 6 6+ ft25+
45, 45, sh34
14+, 14+, 3+ 3’’ 3+
56, 56 7+ 7 56
ft36+, 6 36+ ft25+
56, 56 7+ 7 56
ft36+, 6 36+ ft25+
78, 78 9 8 7
ft47+, ft59+
r7+ 6+ 5+ 4+ 3+ 2+
r6+ 5 4 3 3’’ 2
14+ 3+ 2+ 1+

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Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Arold Harlen

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SONG FACTS: This ballad was composed in 1939 by Harold Harlen, and it was written for the famous movie "The Wizard of OZ." It presents some sweet melodies, and I played the main theme, as well as a more challenging version. The latter contains some split notes, double notes playing, shakes, tongue flutter and a couple of bendings. Check it out!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE 1 TABS:
4+ 7+, 7, 6+ 6 7 7+
4+, 6, 6+
4+, 5, 5+, 4+ 4 5+ 5
4, 3 4+ 4, 5+, 4+

IMPROVISED TABS:
1+, ft14+
34, 2 3'' 3 14+
12+, 25, sh56+
14+, 25, 25+ 1+ 1 45+ 45
4, 34 45+ 45, 25+ 14+

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Stairway To Heaven By Led Zeppelin

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SONG FACTS: "Starway to Heaven" is one of the most known Led Zeppelin's songs. I rendered this progressive-rock tune on harmonica trying to keep it simple so that everybody can enjoy playing it.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 4th
VERSE TABS:
6 7 7+, 8 7+ 7, 6 7 7+, 8 7+ 7
7+ 8 8+, 8 7+ 7, 6 6+ 6+ 6
6 7 7+, 7 6 7, 6 7 7+, 8 7+ 7 6
7+ 8 8+, 8 7+ 7, 6 6+ 6+ 6

REFRAIN TABS:
8+ 8 7+ 8 8+ 8 7+ 7 6, 6+ 6 5+
7+ 7+ 7+ 8 8 7+ 7 7, 6
8+ 8 7+ 8 8+ 8 7+ 7 7+
7+ 7+ 7+ 8+ 8 7+ 7 7, 6

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Stand By Me by Ben E King

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SONG FACTS: Everybody knows "Stand By Me", a soul song released in 1961, recorded in more than 400 different versions. Many artists performed it and it is pretty simple, based on the C major chord progression: C, Am, F, G, C.

Harmonica key: C
Position: First
VERSE 1:
5+ 6+ 6, 5+ 6+
4+ 4 5+, 4 4+ 4+
4+ 4 5+, 4+ 5+ 4
4 4+ 4+

VERSE 2:
5+ 6+ 6, 5+ 6+ 6 6+
4+ 4 5+, 4 4+ 5+
4+ 4 5+, 4+ 5+ 4
4 4+ 4+

REFRAIN:
6+ 6 6+ 7+ 7
6 6+, 5+ 6+
7+ 7 6 7 7+, 5+ 4 5+
4+ 4 5+, 4+ 5+ 4
4 4+ 4+

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Take Me Home, Country Roads by John Denver

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SONG FACTS: This country song has been released in 1971, peaking at number two on Billboard's US Hot 100 singles for a week. As a harmonica rack player, I love to perform this tune with my guitar. This is also a good harmonica high holes playing exercise. 


Harmonica key: C 
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS: 
6+ 6+ 6 6+, 6 6+ 6 7+
8 7+ 8+ 8, 6 6 6 6+ 7+ 7+
6+ 6+ 6 6+, 7+ 7+ 7+ 8 8+
8 8 8 7+ 8+ 8, 6 7+ 7+ 8 7+

REFRAIN TABS:
7+ 8 8+, 8 7+ 8
8+ 8 7+, 8+ 9+ 10
10 9+ 9+ 8+, 8+ 7+ 8
8+ 8 7+, 6 6+ 7+

BRIDGE TABS: 
7+ 7+ 7+ 7
7+ 8 8+ 8+ 8+ 9+ 8+ 8 7+
9 9 9 9, 9 8+ 8+ 7+ 8 8+
7+ 7+ 8, 8 8+
8 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+ 7+
8+ 8 8

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The House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals

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SONG FACTS: "The House Of The Rising Sun", is a traditional folk song tune that every harmonica player wants to learn.

Harmonica key: C
Position: Third
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4 4, 5+ 5, 6 6+ 4, 8
8, 8 7+, 6 ^6, 8 8
8, 5+ 5, 6, 6+ 4, ^4 4, ^4
4, 4 4’, 4’ 4

IMPROVISATION TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4 4, 4 5+ 5 6+ 5 ,6 6+ 6
5 sh45, 48
48, 48 47+, 6
^6 7+ 6 6+, ^6 6+ 6 6+
^6, 8 8
48, 45+ 56, 6
6+, 5 4 5 6+ 4, 4 4+ 3’’
14+ 14, 3’’ 2 2’’ 2 2’’ 1 1+ 1

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The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel

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SONG FACTS: This great and well know folk-rock song was released in 1965 and later hit the top music charts. This recording became a top-ten hit in many countries, among these Austria, Australia, Germany, and Japan. To play the song without bending and make it easy, I opted for the 12th position on a C harmonica. You'll find the original theme and an improvisation with split notes and other tongue blocking features.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 12th
VERSE 1 TABS:
4 4 5 5 6 6 6+
4+ 4+ 5+ 5+ 6+ 6+ 5
5 5 6 6 7+ 7+ 8, 8 7+
5 5 6 6 7+ 7+ 8, 8 7+
7+ 8 8, 8 8+ 9 9, 8+ 8
7+, 8 7+ 6
5 5 7+, 5+ 5 4

IMPROVISATION TABS:
^4 4 5 5 ^6 6 36+
14+ 14+ 25+ 25+ 36+ 36+ sh^45
^4 ^4 5 5 6 37+ 48, 37+
5 5 56 56 37+ 37+ 48, 37+
48 48, 58+ 59 59 58+ 48 37+
6 5 37+, sh^45

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The Wizard by Black Sabbath

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SONG FACTS: This Eavy Metal song by Black Sabbath is a great 3rd position harmonica exercise. Basically, I played the main lick and a couple of variations of it. I made large use of the D blues scale for playing this tune, and I'm pretty much sure that intermediate players will enjoy these licks.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 3rd
LICK 1 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
4 4+ 4
4 5 6+ ^6 7+, 6+ 5 4, 5 4

LICK 2 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
^6 ^6 ^6
6+ 5 4, 5 6+ 4

LICK 3 TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
6 7+ 6 8, 7+
8 7+ 6 6' 6+ 5 4 6+ 5 4

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Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran

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Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran
SONG FACTS: Harmonica can be used with many music genres, and this pop song is an example. "Thinking Out Loud" has some nice melodies that can be greatly reproduced on our little instrument. To make it easier, I modified the first licks to avoid playing the hole 3 draw bend like in the original version. Try it!


Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE 1 TABS:
5+ 6+ 6 6+5+ 4 4+ 4 5
5+ 6+ 6 6+ 5+ 4 4+ 4+
5+ 6+ 6 6+5+ 4 4+ 4 5
5+ 6+ 6 6+ 5+ 4 4+ 4+

VERSE 2 TABS: 
6+ 7+ 8 8+, 6+
6+ 7+ 8 8+ 8+ 8 8 9+ 8+ 7+
6+ 7+ 8 8+, 6+
6+ 7+ 8 8+ 8+ 8 8 9 8+ 7+ 8 8+
8+ 8 7+ 8 6

VERSE 3 TABS: 
8+ 9 8+ 9 8+ 8 7+ 8, 7+ 8+ 
8+ 9 8+ 9 8+ 8 7+ 8
6+ r8+ 9 8+ 9 8+ 8 7+ 8, 8 7+ 8+
8+ 9 8+ 9 8+ 8 7+ 8

REFRAIN TABS: 
6+ 7+ 8 8+ 8 7+ 8 8+
9+ 9+ 9+ 9 9 9 8+ 8+ 8+
9+ 9+ 9+ 9 9 9 8+ 8+ 9+ 8+ 8 7+
9+ 9+ 9+ 9 9 9 8+ 8+
6+ 7+ 8 8+ 8 7+ 8
8+ 8 7+ 6+ 7+ 7 7+

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What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

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SONG FACTS: This song has been recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967, and topped the UK pop chart. Its jazz ballad flavor can be reproduced on harmonica quite well. I played the song melodies, and in the last part a small improvisation on the main theme.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE 1 TABS:
3+ 4+, 4+ 6+
6 6+ 6 6+, 5 5+ 5+ 5+, 3+ 4 4 4+
4+ 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+, 3 4+ 4 5+
VERSE 2 TABS:
3+ 14+, 14+ 36+
6 6+ 6 6+, 5 5+ 5 5+, 3+ 4 4 4+
4+ 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+, 4+ 3 4+ 4 4+
VERSE 3 TABS:
3+ 4 4 4 4+ 4 3+
3+ 5 5+, 5+ 4 5+
3+ 4 4 4 4+ 4 4
3+ 5 5+, 5+ 5+
5+ 6+ 6, 6+ 6 6+
6 6+ 6 6+, 6 6+ 6 6+
5+ 5 4
IMPROVISATION TABS:
3+ ft14+, 14+ tr36+
^6 6+ 6 36+, 56, 56+ 56 56+
3+ ^sh45 4 14+
14+ 14+ 14+ 14+
3 4+ 4 5+ 5 6+ 25+, 25+ 14

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When The Saints Go Marching In

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SONG FACTS: This is a well know spiritual song, and Louis Armstrong recorded a famous version of it in 1938 with his jazz orchestra. To play "When The Saints Go Marchin In" on harmonica, the first position is the most indicated, owing to the fact that you don't need to bend notes with it. I recorded the original melodies and an enhanced version for the intermediate harmonica players.

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS:
4+ 5+ 5 6+, 4+ 5+ 5 6+
4+ 5+ 5 6+, 5+, 4+, 5+, 4
5+ 5+ 4 4+, 4+ 5+, 6+ 6+ 5
4+ 5+ 5 6+, 5+, 4+, 4, 4+

ENHANCHED VERSION TABS:
14+, 25+ 25 ft36
14+ 14+, 25+ 25, 36+ 47+ ft36+
14+ 25+ 25 6+ 7+ 6+, 5+ 5 5+
4+ 4 4+, 5+ 5 5+ 14, 3 4 3 2
1+ 1 2+ 2, 4+ 4 5+ 6+ 6 6+
5 6+ 6 5 47+
25+ 25+, 25+ 25 25+ 14
5+ 4 4+ 34 14+, ^2 2'' 2+ 1+

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Yellow Submarine by The Beatles

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SONG FACTS: "Yellow Submarine" is one of the songs most loved by kids, for its simplicity and memorability. I played for you this tune by The Beatles, in first position, and I wanted to improvise on the refrain too. Give it a try!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
5+ 5 6+, 5+ 4 5+ 4+
5+ 5+ 4, 3'', 3'' 5+ 5+ 4
5+ 5 6+, 5+ 4 5+ 4+
5+ 5+ 4, 3'', 3'' 5+ 5+ 4

REFRAIN TABS:
6+ 6+ 6+ 6, 6 4 4 4 4 4
4 4 4 4 4, 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+
6+ 6+ 6+ 6, 6 4 4 4 4 4
4 4 4 4 4, 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+ 4+

ENHANCED VERSE TABS, PLAYED TWICE:
25+ 25 36+ r7, 6 6+ 5+ ft36+
25+ 25 sh45, 25+ 25 25+ ft14
25+ 25 36+ r7, 58+ 48 37+ 48 37+
25+ 25+ 14, 25 25+ 14 14

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You Are My Sunshine by Simon Ravenhall

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SONG FACTS: Published in 1939, "You Are My Sunshine", written by Jimmie Davis, is one of the most popular country songs. It has been adopted by the Louisiana State as the state song. I like it, and wanted to play it in the original way, as well in a more advanced form. Grab your harmonica and give it a try!

Harmonica key: C
Position: 1st
VERSE 1 TABS:
3+ 4+ 4 5+, 5+, 5+ 5+ 4 4+, 4+
4+ 4 5+ 5, 6 6+, 5 5+
4+ 4 5+ 5, 6 6+, 5 5+ 4+
4+ 4 5+, 5 4, 5+ 4+

ENHANCED VERSION TABS:
3 14+ 14 25+, 25 25+
25+ 25+ 14 sh45+
14+ 14 25+ 5, 6 5, 6 36+ 25 ft25+
14+ 14 25+ sh56, 14 14 14+ ft25+
14+ 14 25+, 25 14, wa4 4+ 3 14+

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