Learn to play Little Walter Dead presidents

In this intermediate level harmonica lesson, I’m going to teach you another Little Walter blues solo, the one he played in the song named Dead Presidents. This song has been issued in 1964, and it wasn’t part of any album.

Also In this new free lesson we’ll perform some very common tongue blocking features that provide a great sound, where rhythmic and melodic elements are played together.

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In order to perform this tune we’ll use a B flat harmonica, like in the original Little Walter song, and we’ll play in 2nd position. For this lesson I’m using a Seydel 1847 classic, and the song key is F. In the prvided video below on this page 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 and glissando effect.

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:

r5, 5+ 4 (3^ 2)

3+ 3 r5, 5+ 4 (3^ 3^ 2) 2 3' 4

(3' 3') 2, 1 2+

(3' 4) 3' 3' (2 3'' 2'') 2 2

34^ 34^, 3' 2 2'' 2 2, 3 4 5+

5 5, 5+ 4 5+ (4 3) 2 2''

(3' 4 3' 3') 2, (3'' 2'' 2)

3 4 5, (3' 2 3' 2), 2' ' 1

In today's lesson you learned how to play the Little Walter solo he performed in the song Dead Presidents. If you enjoyed learning this tune with your harp, you might want to improve your harmonica skills: enroll for free and have a look to my online school armonica courses here.

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