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Learn to play Little Walter Ah'w baby on harmonica

In this intermediate level harmonica lesson, I’m going to teach you a Little Walter blues solo, the one that opens the song entitled Ah’w Baby. This song has been issued in 1960, in the album called Boss Blues Harmonica.

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In this lesson we’ll apply some tongue blocking features that provide a nice rhythmic sound formed of chords and melodies. You’ll practice with me the licks that form the blues chorus sections and play them on the provided video tutorial.

Intermediate level harmonica players should enjoy learning this blues harp solo sequence, improving the way they play the blues in second position, also known as ‘cross harp’.

In order to perform this tune we use a C harmonica and we play in 2nd position. I’m using a Hohner special 20 and The song key is G. In the prvided video in this lesson you’ll find the tab on which the harmonica holes are notated. Follow my indications and play after having listened to me! No talking in these harmonica lesson series, just playing, learning and having fun.

Song analysis:

Playing difficulty level: Intermediate harmonica level.

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

Lesson focus: 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, 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 ‘warlbe’.

Ft means ’Flutter tungue’ techinque.

P means ‘Pull technique’.

V means ‘Vibrato effect’

Tr means ‘Tremolo effect’.

Here is the tablature for this lesson:

2 1 2+ 2

2^ 2'' 1 2'' 4+

3' 3' 2 2' ' 2

3' 3' 2 2'' 2 3' 2 2''

2^ 2^ 2'' 1 2'' 1 1+

3' 4 4 4+ 3'

3' 4 4 4+ 3' 2 3' ' 2'' 2

1 2'' 1 2'' 1 1+ 4+

3' 3' 2 1 2'' 1 1+

2 2'' 2'' 1 1+

2 1 2'' 2'' 1

In today's lesson you learned how to play the Little Walter solo in the song named Ah’w Baby. If you enjoyed learning this song with your harp, you might want to improve your harmonica skills: have a look at our online school harmonica courses here.

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