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Harmonica Learning: How to play I got love if you want it by Slim Harpo

Welcome to the beginner harmonica lessons series! Today I’m going to teach you how to play a nice and easy blues harmonica solo: In this lesson we’ll learn the intro solo played by Slim Harpo in the tune known as ‘I got love if you want it’. Slim Harpo harmonica solos are pretty much easy to play, however his simple and clean style became real recognizable.

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Together with the blues song, you’ll study today some tongue blocking articulations known as slaps and pulls; at the end of the video lesson you’ll find an example of these important tongue blocking elements.

You’ll practise with me the licks that form the tune intro, a blues chorus section, then you’ll practise them on the provided interactive video.

Beginner and intermediate level harmonica players are going to enjoy this lesson, learning an easy harmonica solo, by one of the most rewarded artists. We are going to play a Bb harmonica in 2nd position.

In performing this lesson I’m using a Seydel 1847 classic harmonica. This tune is in the key of F, and in the provided video below on this page, you’ll find the tabs on which the harmonica holes are notated. Follow my indications and play after having listened to me! As usual in this series, no talking! Just playing, learning and having fun.

Song analysis:

Playing difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate level harmonica players.

Note bending skills: Draw bending on holes 2 and 3.

Lesson focus: You’ll practise 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 for a rhythmic harmonica playing.

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 of the song intro:

6+ 5 4 4+ 3' 2

6+ 5 4 4+ 3' 2

2'' .2 .2 .2 3'

2'' .2 .2 .2 2''

5 5 4 5 4 5 4

2'' .2 2 .2

2'' .2 2 .2

In this lesson you learned how to perform a cool Slim Harpo harmonica solo, the one played in his song called ‘I got love if you want it’. I think you should have enjoyed learning with me today, and you might want to improve your harmonica playing: enroll for free in my online harmonica school and have a look at the harmonica courses here.

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