HARMONICA TABS: How To Find Tons Of Free Harmonica Songs

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by JP Allen:

Harmonica song search and popular harmonica tabs

Hey Harmonica Lover,

I think you’re going to really appreciate seeing how I track down and find my favorite harmonica tablature for free on the Internet.

I’m also going to show you how to use my new song search tool, as well as a hard to find page on Harmonica.com that will give you access to the Internet’s 400 most popular harmonica songs of all time.

After viewing, please let me know if this video was helpful to you. I look forward to hearing from you.

You’re Harmonica Buddy,

JP Allen

CLICK HERE to check out my harmonica lessons

CLICK HERE to use my custom Google Harmonica Song Search

CLICK HERE to check the Internet’s 400 all time most popular harmonica tabs

Comments (115)

  • Barry Manning

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    JP, Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks etc.

    Barry

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    • JP Allen

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      You are very welcome Barry

      jp

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    • tim james

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      thanks again jp !!! I have nearly got lowrider down, I luv playin ring of fire and soon I will play it with guitar and harp rack!! I am up to your second happy harpin dvd and am luvin it thanks again mate!!!

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      • JP Allen

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        You got it Tim…I’m happy to hear your diggin’ it. jp

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    • Chan

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      Very useful. Many thanks

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      • JP Allen

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        Sure thing Chan. jp

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  • Gary Popelka

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    JP,

    Nice job! I first purchsed your CD set in October, 2009 and have had good success with them. I’m also a fan of harptabs.com and have a binder full of tabs from that site. Your new features will make it a whole lot easier for new harp players than it was even for me. Again, great job. Keep ‘em coming.

    Harp on.

    Gary Popelka

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    • JP Allen

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      Thanks for your enthusiasm Gary,

      jp

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  • Gary Popelka

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    JP… I commented earlier, but now I’ve spent most of the afternoon on this new feature. It is majorly cool! I can play along with any youtube video for any song, with few exceptions. So, so cool!

    Gary

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Gary,
      Great to hear you’ve got it!

      jp

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  • Alex Liki

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    Thanks JP! You are a great teacher and harmonica enthusiast! I learned a lot from you in the past months!

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Alex,
      I’m happy I can help

      jp

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  • Elijah

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    this was very helpful. thank you for the information. this will help me practice (i definitely need it) and hear my progress!

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Elijah,
      I’m glad you find this helpful,

      jp

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  • Josh Hedstrom

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    Wahoo and thank you bro! Much appreciated! I’ll be playing harp constantly now! Wahoo!
    –Josh

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Josh,
      glad your stoked!

      jp

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  • Yoshi

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    awesome. Now I don’t have to keep opening up 2 pages manually.

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    • JP Allen

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      Right on Yoshi!

      jp

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  • Tony Stephens

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    Your information on harmonica tabs was very good. I have been using Harmonica tabs.com and I have made copies of a few songs. I have them in my practice book, this is a booklet I have started. It has about 12 songs in it at this time.
    J P here is where I am having trouble with something you said. It is the way you want people to blow a single note. I have been using the U-shape tongue to get a single note and it has worked well so far. I am trying to learn your way by lip blocking. I can get a single note till I have to moving to the next note, the moving from note to note is the hard part. HELP.

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Tony,
      this is a new technique for you, and you’re used to the U block, so be patient with yourself. You’ll get it. Wet your lips so you can slide easily, and try exaggerating the angle of the harmonica, so it’s really pushed down into the lower lip, keeping the mouth in the single note position.
      Take it slow, and you’ll get it.

      jp

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  • justin anton

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    JP, Great help for all aspiring harp players. Thanks.

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    • JP Allen

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      Your very welcome Justin!

      jp

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  • hugo

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    this will be very helpful in the future . i am still going thru your cd’s , and have been looking for other songs that i can learn to play . thanks hugo

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Hugo,

      yes, by the time you finish the CDs you’ll be more than ready for this…

      jp

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  • Janny

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    Thanks! Your letters are always a delight, and the videos helpful and fun. I am going to get the lessons when I can afford that, and thanks again. I’ve already learned a lot from your help, and it is very enriching.

    Best wishes!

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Janny,

      thanks for your comment, and have fun playing!

      jp

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  • Mike Smith

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    JP, I never see negative comments on your work, and no wonder – it is always first class and very generous. Just about anyone could learn to play a harp with half the assistance you give them for free, if they took the whole package they’d be in seventh heaven. Many, many thanks, for your assistance in teaching me to play the harp.

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Mike,

      Your comments mean the world to me…thankyou so much for your enthusiasm and appreciation.

      jp

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  • Eduardo Curiel

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    J. Allen my supermaga friend, I learn so much about harmanica thanks to yours cd lessons, for me is an honor to have you as MAY OFFICIALLY TEACHER, NOW I HAVE MY BLUES BAND and we have lots of fun playing in the plazas of my country, I wrote my our songs and recorded my first cd with 13 songs if you have E-mail to send some information of our advances let me know .
    and thank you very very much amigo
    Eduardo

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Eduardo,
      I’m stoked that you’re getting so much out of the lessons. I’d love to hear your songs. You can contact me here http://www.harmonica.com/contact

      Your harmonica buddy,

      jp

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  • george

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    hi jp. I just bought your teaching lessons(waiting for the delivery here in greece). Any way your video is ausome and very helpfull but for begginers like myself jamming along with a song is probably very hard if I can not hear how the tabs in harmonica should sound. just a suggestion. thank you again and waiting for my package

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey George,

      Thanks for the suggestion….I love Greece.
      (my Yiaiyia is from the Tyegotos mountains of Sparta)

      jp

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  • Alma Engel

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    This is awesome. Unbelievable!! You and your friend went to a lot of work putting this together. Thank you so very, very much. God bless you for your generosity and sharing spirit.

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Alma,
      it’s the labor of love…
      Enjoy!

      jp

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  • Clay

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    JP –

    I took the liberty to “re-tab” Piano Man in my little practice book like Tony has because it wasn’t sounding right when I played it. I got it to sound right – ok, my wife can identify the song now… Anyway, when I heard you play it (I’m assuming you were playing the same tabs as listed on your video), it sounded NOTHING like mine! I’ve been inspired by your free tutorials, have watched them ALL (so far), and am never bored listening to your style. It’s very generous for you to spend so much time helping us novices, and I really appreciate it!

    Clay
    p.s. Your Hawaii home is beautiful, and I pray that your family wasn’t affected by the Tsunami!

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    • JP Allen

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      Hi Clay,
      I’m glad you’re getting so much out of the free tutorials, love your enthusiasm…
      we’re all safe here, thanks for asking.

      jp

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  • Wyatt

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    JP,

    I have been using your youtube videos and website to help me learn the harmonica. I have a question regarding your 11 techniques to become a “solid intermediate” player. Are those given in the 5-lesson video series below, or do I have to order those through the DVDs. I look forward to your reply. I greatly appreciate your dedication to helping people like me learn the harmonica.

    Thanks,
    Wyatt

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Wyatt,

      You may find some reference to this in my free lessons, however I cover the 11 Core essential Techniques thoroughly in my DVD and CD lesson bundle, I highly encourage you to check it out when you are ready, these lessons will take you to the next level and farther….http://www.harmonica.com/vwo/4-nt-npp.html#order.

      Your harmonica buddy,

      jp

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  • Mike Smith

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    Hey JP

    Is Hawaii the paradise it seems to us in wet and cold England? Doubtless it must help in playing the harp. I’d much rather practice in a warm, sunny seaside, that a cold,wet, urban sprall. Incidentally, I’ve tried many different harps, but I find the Marine Band Special 20 head and shoulders above all the others – what do you think?

    Regards,

    Mike Smtih

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Mike,
      well to answer your question, yes, Hawaii is the paradise it seems. But I first learned the harmonica in the city of Chicago…so I would say Urban sprall is good material for inspiration. As far as harmonica, here is a link to some discussion about that…http://www.harmonica.com/store/harmonica-hohner-marine-band.php

      jp

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  • doc raymund

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    Thanks a million jp you are one of the few people blessed with an extraordinary talent with a musical instrument and more than that you are willing to share your talent with other people young and old alike who love music. May you have many more years of fruitful creativeness and good health so that you may inspire more people to play the harmonica.

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    • JP Allen

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      Thank you so much Doc for the blessing and good wishes!!

      Your harmonica buddy,
      jp

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  • Dr. Bene Ferenc

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    Hi, dear JP, I’ve the pleasure to congratulate you again to your mighty work all over the world ! I emphasize repeatedly that you’re the Harmonica Apostle of the World and its Awsome Instructor abbr.: H.A.W.A.I.! living already here in the Paradise you conquerred. I forward your Works to mines. I mean the same as the harmonica music friends above. Your tabbing is similar also to that of the modern Chinese mood on C. It can and should be made resp. to universal, viz. e.g. piano beginners’ manual. The Greatest Hallo to you again’n again with the best wishes!!! May Peace and Good Will always be Yours ! With very appreciation, Frank(i). P.S. Will you interest of Hungarian melodies ? F.

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Bene,

      Thankyou for your enthusiasm and appreciation. I do love Hungarian melodies, my grandmother was from Hungary, and loved to dance the Tsardas. I used to love to play harmonica for her. Are you by any chance related to the famous Hungarian soccer player Bene Ferenc?

      Your harmonica buddy,

      jp

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  • Matt

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    JP,

    Great Video! I have been learning from your cds, and I am progressing nicely. I love the joy that playing the harmonica brings not only to me but to everyone around me too! Thanks for everything, keep the videos coming they are awesome!

    Matt

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Matt,
      I’m so glad to hear you are getting so much joy out of playing and sharing harmonica music.

      Your harmonica buddy,

      jp

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  • Joris (Belgium)

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    Hi JP,
    Thanks so much for all this good information.

    BTW your course helped me on the road, I really enjoy playing harmonica, in especial after having started to learn bending, based on your clear instructions, as well as based on your advise to by Special20′s… really great instruments.

    I wanted to close with the following tip: I found a quite interesting website, http://www.harmonicaboogie.com/ which provides free downloads of jam-along backtracks. You also can upload for the website’s public your jam-result, or hear the results of others etc…
    Quite nice!

    Best !
    Joris

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  • jenny

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    Hi Thanks JP. I have been following you for awhile now and taking things slowly. My dad has a big bag full of harmonicas and he has played on and off for years (he is 74) but quite ill now but every now and again i try to get him breathing through the harmonica again. He wasn’t a good teacher for me as I don’t have his ear for music and have to read things first. So it was no use him telling me just to listen and play like him! So your videos and notes have been useful. I like the song search tool. I have enough confidence to play a few tunes and some of the techniques. I called a friend for their birthday and left happy birthday in harmonica on their answering machine (better than my singing!) ha ha.
    I work with communities so they can reach their best potential, promote social connection ie including community art projects, community choirs, community gardens, community events etc – would love to see whole towns turning to harmonicas. Harmonica jams and choirs, harmonicas on the bus, the train, the tram instead of all those deadpan faces and all that texting. And how easy to carry them around and handy when you are travelling. Harmonicas for health hope and happiness. Thanks again.

    Cheers

    jenny

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    • JP Allen

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      Love your vision Jenny!! Harmonicas and music bringing people and places to life. Thank you for your community service.
      jp

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  • Terry

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    Hi JP,
    Thanks so much for this information on how to find any harmonica song. You sent this once before in December of 2010 and I copied about 25 songs at that time.

    Can you tell me a quick way to look at the notes and know if it is a beginner song or intermediate or advance. I know if I see a b or bb I know it involves bending and that wouldn’t be a beginner, so just wondering if in your next video you might be able to address this issue for us novice out here. This way we can start with the easy songs and progress upward.

    Thanks again for all you do for the harmonica.

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  • Terry

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    Hi JP
    I just answered my own question by printing out the William Tell Overture. It states in the upper right hand corner the degree of difficulty for each song so that answers the question.
    You might just point that out next time if you think others might not have noticed.
    Thanks anyways.
    Keep us informed. It’s a great thing that you do. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate the great tips and information that you provide.
    Terry

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  • Alireza

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    very very good. thanks

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    • JP Allen

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      You’re welcome Alireza.
      jp

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  • Bill Kolshorn

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    JP,

    Thanks for this great resource. I have been working my way through your downloaded lessons. I like the idea of getting the technique down first before trying to play songs, of course, there is always the desire to try to play something. I think your lessons are great and this information on where to find songs is very valuable to me. Thanks.

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    • JP Allen

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      Thanks for your appreciation Bill. jp

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  • EDERLE Pierre

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    An excellent addition to the lessons , very helpfull , thanks a lot .
    It’s a lot of fun to learn playing harmonica with such a teacher .
    Best regards
    Pierre ( France)

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  • aart

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    Thanks for everything on the site, my sound is better not famous

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    • JP Allen

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      Sure thing, Keep on Harpin’ Aart!
      jp

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  • Russ Hunt

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    I am thinking about buying your CDs. I do have a question. How do you memorized a song? Do you associate the words of the song with the corresponding tabs? Or do you just memorize the seaquence of numbers? How do you memorize so many songs?
    Thanks
    Russ Hunt

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    • JP Allen

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      Hi Russ,
      Associating the words (melody) is a big time help. Don’t try and memorize the numbers of the holes, except maybe the first 2 or 3. Then the melody or words will take over, if you practice it enough.
      Memorizing songs comes with practice and knowing the melody is a lot of help. Practice will get you to know your harp and the notes and what they sound like … Practice…..Practice….Practice…..but don’t think you have to memorize the numbers.

      Happy Harpin’ jp

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  • sandy

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    LOVE this great way to get tabs and play along at the same time. This is an awesome resource.
    THANK YOU, JP.

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    • JP Allen

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      You are so welcome Sandy! Isn’t it fun!! jp

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  • Ante

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    Helpful as always.thanks

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    • JP Allen

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      Glad it helped you Ante!

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  • Arjen

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    Ej JP!
    Thanks for your awesomeness! ;)

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    • JP Allen

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      Thank you Arjen! jp

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  • LARRY

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    THANKS JP BEFORE YOU SENT THIS TO ME I WAS SURFING AROUND ON THE NET AND FOUND ONE OF OUR CHURCH HYMNS ON THE HARPTABS SIGHT, AND I COULDN’T BELEIVE HOW MANY COOL SONGS WERE ON THAT SIGHT ALL MY ROCK-N-ROLL SONGS I GREW UP WITH ECT. BUT YOUR SIGHT IS REALLY COOL, WHEN YOU SENT ME A COUPLE OF SONGS I LIKED THE IDEA OF PLAYING WITH THE GROUP, NOW I KNOW HOW TO ACCESS THEM, THANKS A MILLION. AND I LIKE HAPPY HARPIN SEE YA LAR. . .

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    • JP Allen

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      Great Larry, I’m glad the link is useful to you. jp

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  • John Ortiz

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    JP , I purchase your on line lesson late Dec.2011 I’m having a great time learning, your lessons are very basic for beginner which make it great for a person just starting out. Your continous update information ( harmonica tabs ) for your students is Awesome. Thanks for your kindness and Great teaching !!!

    John O.

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    • JP Allen

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      Right John….thanks for your appreciation. jp

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  • pierre scanzano

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    hi jp im trying to find sleep walk inharmonica tabs can you tell where to go or send my the lin thank you by the way good site for your songs

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    • JP Allen

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      Looked around a bit, but couldn’t find the tabs for this one. Joe Satriani does a great guitar version of it though, that you could probably jam along with. jp

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  • Michael

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    hello j.p. i am from germany and my english is not good, but you are so wonderful. i like your mails and your play . more more :-) i play Marine Band c . i`m beginning and you incentive me.greetings.:-)

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    • JP Allen

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      Thanks Michael, I’m glad you are inspired. jp

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  • Ron

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    Hi J.P. As i am not the greatest on the computer I will find this very helpful, your lessons are very easy to follow and keep up with.

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    • JP Allen

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      Thanks Ron, I’m glad you find the lessons easy to follow. jp

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  • Dr. Bene Ferenc

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    The Greates Hello! This Name resp. Frank or Franki from Hungary/Budapest are your same Enthusiast.
    MAY PEACE AND GOOD WILL ALWAYS BE YOURS!
    Frank

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey…I asked you this before, but are you “the Dr. Bene Ferenc” from Hungary? jp

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  • Lydia

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    Whoooo!! thanks jp! you the best. I love harmonica and am a begining player im strugglin but hopefully i can learn to jam like you

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    • JP Allen

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      Keep at it and you’ll be jamming in no time Lydia. jp

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  • Roy Clyde

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    This video helped me more on how find more songs for the harmonica on the internet.

    Thanks jp

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    • JP Allen

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      Glad it was helpful Roy. jp

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  • Dave

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    Hi, JP,
    Thank you so much for you lessons and on-going efforts on behalf of frustrated beginners like me.
    I’ll be using your reference tools a lot until I can get your full course.
    One curious note (no pun intended): I was amazed that “Peg O’ My Heart” made famous by the Harmonicats, and the main reason I decided to learn harmonica is not in the top 400 favorites list.
    In any event, thanks again for all you do.

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m glad I can be helpful. jp

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  • Barbara Brooks

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    Thanks JP. I am now on lesson 35. I feel like I am getting a good foundation and I am looking forward to learning how to play the tabs. bb

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    • JP Allen

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      Taking the time to build a strong foundation makes all the difference Barbara…great work. jp

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  • Matthew Sandow

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    G’day JP

    mate thanks very much for this. I purchased the CD series from you and am working my way through them. Adding this website search engine to the CDs is a great thing. There are many many songs that I want to learn how to play. This is an excellent resource.

    thanks

    Matt (Crowboy) from Oz

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m glad you find this a helpful resource Matt. jp

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  • Dr. Bene Ferenc

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    Hi, dear Harp Apostle, Great Hello to You, ‘n many many Thanks for your Noble Endeavours ‘n Giant Jobs! Awful sorry not to be able to participate on the Spot. Nevertheless, in soul ‘n mind I’ll be there. Best Wishes ‘n
    MAY PEACE AND GOOD WILL ALWAYS BE YOURS!
    With the highest Appreciation, Yours truly,
    Frank

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m confident we’ll be jamming together one of these days my friend. Aloha. jp

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  • Bob Gilstein

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    Perfect timing for me. I’m about 2/3 through your excellent basic lessons and itching to play around with some tunes. Having the notations and words beats the daylights out of trying to figure them out on my own. (Should be on stage in no time.)

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    • JP Allen

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      I’m glad it was helpful Bob. Let me know when you hit the stage. jp

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  • rick

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    hey J.P. , this video has been really helpful. you made it so much easier to find songs. i’m a beginer at all this. thanks again. rick j.

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    • JP Allen

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      Great Rick, I’m glad to hear it was helpful. jp

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  • Bill Steward

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    I cannot thank you enough for what you are doing to help so many of us learn how to play much much better the harp. Wow! You are setting a great example to people by way of encouraging us (and me) how to get so much better and to get immense enjoyment in the bargain. You are extraordinary helpful to so many of us and I am determined to keep on improving and to teach others whatever I learn. I will be getting the lessons too at some future date. we could even finish up with Regional and a World harmonica playing contest!!!
    Thanks again
    Bill

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    • JP Allen

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      Wow Bill…thank you so much for your appreciation and enthusiasm. You made my day. jp

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  • John P

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    Your search link is very nice but everyone needs to realize that some tab sites are better than others when considering how accurate the tabs are.

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    • JP Allen

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      That’s exactly right John, thanks for the input. jp

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  • Marshall Jones

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    Thank you for gathering all these songs and tabs in one place!!

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    • JP Allen

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      You got it Marshall. jp

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  • maxine jones

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    Thanks JP, I am learning to use this site you sent to me,,I need to know:all tabs on the songs usually go through the entire song yet some “musicians ” say to me, I am not suppose to play the entire song,(now , when I do play the entir song, I am playing softly so it does not drown out the singer,)if I am not to play exvept when i play LEAD, WHY IS THE ENTIRE SONGS TABULATED.. i COME IN AS THE SINGER IS catching breathe at end of a line ,,,am I playing wrong..(we do not have a fiddle player) (we also play rock and bluegrass, country and gospel) AM I WRONG TO PLAY SOFTLY AS BACK GROUND MUSIC???????? maxine

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    • JP Allen

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      I don’t see a problem with playing softly in the background. I would say if you are playing with a singer, to check in with them about that. Entire songs are tabulated so you can learn the song in full solo and be selective when playing lead with a band. jp

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  • maxine jones

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    thanks JP, I appreciate all information you send me,,It helps to better understand many things..

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    • JP Allen

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      You got it Maxine! jp

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  • Al Macatiag

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    JP Allen,

    Thanks so much to your video tutorials. It’s really really helpful. Hope to play harp with you someday. Again, thank you so much!

    -Al

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    • JP Allen

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      You got it Al. Hope we hook up soon. Check for my harmonica retreats. jp

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  • Art

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    Thanks for providing this song search. very helpful. I received your lessons course on 09 Apr 09 ( purchased for my Grandson)and have very recently started using it in earnest for my own pleasure. I recently heard a video of Woman, sensuous Woman, by Charlie McCoy and have been unable to find a tab for it. Any suggestions????

    Thanx
    Art

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    • JP Allen

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      Did you try a google search Art? jp

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  • Phyllis Templeton

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    JP, thanks for the sites. I just started playing the harmonica this year with a senior group. I am 72 and having so much fun but would like to join one of your Hawaii lessons. When do you have the group lessons and do I make all the travel arrangements. What is the cost and other pertinent information. Thanks, Phyllis

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    • JP Allen

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      That would be wonderful to have you join us Phyllis! One of my assistants will be contacting you personally with all the information you need. Thanks, jp

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  • Alma Engel

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    Thanks, JP,
    Very good information, much appreciated! My circumstances have caused me to put by harmonica on the back burner for a while, but I am getting back into it now. I have missed playing. There is a Bluegrass Jamming Group at a local senior center which I intend to visit this week–any unamplified instrument is welcome. I am excited about possibly playing with them. I am so glad you came along and started me playing the harmonica. Question for you: If I use my C or G harmonica, will the guitar and banjo players also play in the key of C or G?
    Blessings and happy harpin’ to you. Alma

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    • JP Allen

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      Hey Alma…yes you definitely want to play your harmonica in the same key as the band. jp

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  • Paul

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    Thanks JP!!!!

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  • Jack

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    These websites are GREAT! Makes life a lot easier. Thanks!

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