In this intermediate tongue blocking harmonica lesson, you're going to learn another beautiful and straightforward Slim Harpo solo, the one he performed in the song known as 'Something inside me.' I liked to analyze this artist and his harmonica licks, and I think they represent a great example of essential blues harp playing. Slim Harpo style is clear and shows what it means to play with an excellent rounded tone and with the correct timing.
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In following this new free lesson, you'll practice once again slaps, pulls, notes bending, as well as the tremolo. Tongue blocking features will also be used in this song. I'll teach you the licks that form the tune intro blues chorus; then, you'll play them on the provided interactive video with tabs.
Harmonica students are going to take advantage of this lesson, learning an easy harmonica solo, by one of the most rewarded and recognizable artists. We are going to play a C harmonica in 2nd position.
Today I'm using a Hohner special 20 harmonica. The tune is in the key of G, 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.
Playing difficulty level: Intermediate level harmonica players.
Note bending skills: Draw bending on holes 2 and 3 and 4.
Lesson focus: You'll practice playing the blues scale, integrating blues riffs and melodic blues licks on the low-end harmonica holes; Tongue blocking technique features like slaps and pulls for a rhythmic harmonica playing. You'll also practice the tremolo effect.
How to read the video lesson tab:
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 the' Flutter tongue' technique.
P means 'Pull technique.'
V means 'Vibrato effect.'
Tr means 'Tremolo effect.'
Here is the tablature of the solo:
5 .5+ .4 .4+
p3 4, 3^ 2 2
.6 .6 .5 .5+
r3 tr4, 3' 2 2
r5 .5 .5 .5 .4
4' 4 .4+ 4
2 2'' 1 1+
3' 2 2'' 1 1
In this lesson, you learned how to perform another Slim Harpo harmonica solo; the one played in his song known as 'Something inside me.' I think you should have enjoyed learning with me today, and if you want to improve your harmonica playing, enroll for free in my online harmonica school and have a look at the courses here.
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