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Harmonica tongue blocking lesson – Learn to play Slim Harpo One more day

Today I’m going the teach you a harmonica tongue blocking blues song called ‘One more day,’ performed by Slim Harpo. Also, this song contains few notes, but conveys a strong timing sense to the listener. Simple melodies, repetition, and full rounded tone, these are the elements that Slim Harpo shows in each composition.

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In following this lesson, you’ll practice bending, tongue blocking features, blues routines, and turnarounds. Join me in the video lesson and play the licks, the slaps, pulls, and all the features that make the tongue blocking a cool way to play harmonica. In the video lesson and below on this page, I also provided the tabs for the song.

We are going to play an A harmonica in 2nd position, considering the song is in the key of E major.

Today I’m using a Seydel 1847 classic harp, and as usual in these harmonica lessons, no talking! Just playing, learning, and having fun.

Song analysis:

Playing difficulty level: Intermediate level harmonica players.

Note bending skills: Draw bending on holes 2 and 3 and 4.

Lesson focus: Note bending on draw holes, blues scale playing, dip bending, and tongue blocking articulations.

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 the ’Flutter tongue’ technique.

P means ‘Pull technique.’

V means ‘Vibrato effect.’ 

Tr means ‘Tremolo effect.’ 

Here is the tablature of the song:

1 2+ 2 3^ 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

r1 2+ 2 2

1 2+ 2 3^ 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4

r1 2+ 2 2

.2'' 3' 2, .2'' 3' 2,

2 2'' 1 2, 2 2 2'' 1 2

.5 .5 4 .5 .5, 4 5 4 4+

6+ 5 4 4+ 3', 4+ 3' 2

2, 2 2 2 2'', 1 2+ 2 2

2 2''1 1 1

In this lesson, you learned how to perform ‘One more day’ by Slim Harpo. I think you should have enjoyed practicing 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. I'll see you in the next lesson!

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