Greenback Boogie (Harmonica Cover & Tab)

By Alex Paclin

Written by Alex Paclin on . Posted in Blog: Harmonica Articles, Harmonica Lessons

Greenback Boogie is a modern bluesy song made popular by the TV show Suits, here’s my harmonica cover version of it (tab and playing tips below):

Greenback Boogie
Key: Bb Harmonica

-2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2 -2” -2” -2
-2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2 -2” -2” -2
-2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2 -1 2 -2
-2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2 -1 2 -2
-2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2 -1 2 -2
-2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2” -2”
14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14 -14
14 14 14
-2” -2” -2 -2

(see tab legend below)

In this song I used the amplified sound, in particular the Fender 55 Tweed plugin, which sounds very vintage and bluesy. This song is very different in dynamics so I had to adjust modulation in the recording session, in particular volume and delay. Regarding delay, as you may have or may have not noticed, I added more delay on loud and dense parts, same goes for the volume. Then again, I like to use the tongue blocking trill, here it was involving holes 2 and 4, check it out at 1:29. Also, I bet you can hear my Carlos Del Junco influence here 🙂

Thanks,
Alex

Tab Legend

There are a lot of systems for harmonica tablature. I have chosen the below system of tablature because it’s becoming the internet’s most commonly used standard.

1 means blow on hole number 1
-1 means draw on hole number 1
4 means blow on hole number 4
-4 means draw on hole number 4
45 means blow on hole number 4 and hole number 5 at the same time
-45 means draw on hole number 4 and hole number 5 at the same time

And here’s the bending tab examples:
-3′ means play 3 draw bent down a half step
-3” means play 3 draw bent down two half steps
-3”’ means play 3 draw bent down three half steps
4o means overblow

Comments (4)

  • Tom Thompson

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    I don’t like it. The background is too loud and busy. The harp sounds muddy/fuzzy with too much reverb. I don’t know what you call this but to me it’s not the blues.

    Reply

  • WeeJee

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    Keep the good tunes and instruction coming!

    Reply

  • Rex Sorenson

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    Awesomeness

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