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Harmonica tongue blocking learning: Slim Harpo Raining in my heart tutorial

Welcome back to my beginner and intermediate harmonica lessons series! Today you’re going to learn a new Slim harpo solo, the one performed in the song known as ‘Raining in my heart’. Slim Harpo’s harmonica solos are often easy to play, however in this lesson I added some embellishments, making use of the tongue blocking technique.

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Together with this cool blues solo, you’ll practise with me slaps and pulls, split notes playing like octaves, as well as notes bending and tongue flutter.

I’ll teach you the licks that form the tune intro, that shape a real blues chorus, then you’ll practise them on the provided interactive video.

Beginner and intermediate level harmonica players are going to take advantage of this free lesson, learning an easy harmonica solo, by one of the most rewarded and recognizable artist. We are going to play a C harmonica in 2nd position.

For this lesson 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.

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. Others tongue blocking features used in this lesson are tongue flutter, octave playing and tremolo 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 ‘Warble’.

Ft means ’Flutter tongue’ techinque.

P means ‘Pull technique’.

V means ‘Vibrato effect’

Tr means ‘Tremolo effect’.

Here is the tablature of the solo:

6+ 14 3^ 3'' 2

ft14+ 25+ ft36+ 25+ 36+ ft14+

36+ 14 1 2+ 2

2 p 2+ 2 2'' 2

2 .2 .2' 2 3'' 2' tr1

3^ 4 3^ 1 2+

2 34^ 25+ 4+ 34^

2 2+ 2 1

In this lesson you learned how to perform another Slim Harpo harmonica solo, the one played in his song called ‘Raining in my heart’. 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 harmonica courses here.

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