Learn Classic Harmonica Songs With The Sardo Brothers

By Hal Walker

Written by Hal Walker on . Posted in Blog: Harmonica Articles, Featured, Hal Walker, SPAH Interviews and Lessons

How many songs do you know by heart? How many of those complete melodies can you hum (with the bridge)? How many of those tunes can you play on that old (or new) harmonica of yours? Phil and Tony Sardo know thousands of melodies and continue to do their part in keeping those great melodies alive. Will you be a “Keeper of the Songs?”

More and more in this sped up world there are fewer and fewer songs that everybody knows. I don’t know about other cultures and other countries, but in the United States, if you walk into a room full of people of all ages, you’d be lucky to find five songs that everybody knows well enough to sing along — certainly the Happy Birthday song, probably Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and, if you’re lucky,You are My Sunshine. Classic songs! But it wasn’t always this way…

Phil and Tony Sardo come from a time and place when great melodies accompanied our lives through the good times and the bad. This was a time when the great American Songbook was born and melodies enriched the fabric of our lives.

I was born in the 60‘s. I grew up in a house with an AM radio and 3 LP’s in the library: John Denver, Pete Seeger and David Cassidy. As a child, I did pretty well making up silly songs around the house and learning classical piano; but I never learned the great melodies of the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Now in my middle-age, I am hungry for those songs. I want to know the songs by heart and I want to do my part in keeping those melodies alive.

There’s nothing like a good melody to make the world smile. Join me! Learn and memorize one song a month for a year. Let’s start with Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Beautiful Dreamer, O Susanna or I Don’t Know Why I Love You Like I Do. Play these songs everywhere you go and see who smiles.

Hal Walker

Hal is a singer, songwriter and musical explorer. Hal Walker, the educator, enjoys ongoing collaborations with Ohio arts organizations. Hal has also released 3 albums of his songs and one CD of instrumental music. Hal Walker, the multi-instrumentalist, composes and improvises on the guitar, piano, harmonica, the khaen, jew’s harp and concertina. In collaboration, he has developed a modern version of a traditional African instrument called a “Banakula.” New! Hal Walker harmonica lessons for beginners, click: Music That Fits in Your Pocket

Comments (12)

  • Dave Steinberg

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    J.P.,

    I’m going through your Happy Harpin lessons and really enjoying them. Learning songs through the lessons is one very import part of the enjoyment. I want to continue learning songs.

    Thanks for your patience and positive attitude.

    I’m harpin away,

    Dave Steinberg

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    • JP Allen

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      Glad to hear it Dave! Enjoy finding and playing the songs you love. jp

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  • John cappeluti

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    I absolutely loved this video! Hal, you are amazing! I am so happy to be a Spah member and video student of JP. I have two chromatic harps both hohner I think one is the 550 and other is the 750. What brand do you play with ? I will certainly view more of the sardo brothers and lessons! Thanks again ! John

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    • Hal Walker

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      Thank you, John. I have been playing Suzuki chromatics. I started with a 12 hole, but now I prefer the 16 hole Sirius. I love this video too. It was a treat for me to sit between those brothers and play those great songs.

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  • will dennis

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    great video! inspiring to see three musicians having such a great time playing music! keep em coming JP!

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    • JP Allen

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      Glad you enjoyed it Will. jp

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  • Larry

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    Tried emailing the Sardo website. Their “capture” isn’t working. Can’t find a price for their products….
    Can you contact them and get it fixed?

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  • bryan m

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    wish i could afford it but one way or the other i will get lessons from the pros

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    • JP Allen

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      We’re here for you Bryan. jp

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  • Tomas

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    Loved it. Played along with every song. Who said the “Grandpa” way was dead.!!!! More of the same please

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  • John Lewis

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    JP

    I just turned 14 and I have been playing the harmonica for almost 2-3 years now but I have never taken lessons. I have heard of your lessons but I never I don’t have much time to take them with so on the little free time I get I play my harmonica for entertainment. I know some songs just by knowing the tunes and having trial and error, but when you throw a sheet of music in front of me I have no clue whats what. The only thing I know on the sheet are the markings to breath in and out. One of the most common songs I play, Ode to joy, is really fun to play and funny to see my classmates compliment me on it for how well I play. One day my music teacher gave me sheet music for the harmonica and one of the songs was Ode to Joy but I had no clue what to do. I’m asking for ways in which I can understand harmonica music more so it would be more easy to learn songs and possibly get down parts I could not play otherwise because I did not know how.

    I would really appreciate if you help me of this problem of mine.

    John

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