Harmonica Tabs and Songs

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“Tabs” or “tab” is a shortening of the word “tablature”.  Tablature is used in place of standard musical notation. Here are some of the most popular harmonica tabs…

Popular Harmonica Tabs

12 Bar Blues Boogie by Sugar Blue – Harmonica Tab
12 Bar Blues by Unknown
12 Bar Blues/Full Verse (Exercise) by Sonny Terry
12 Bar Chord Progression in “G” by John Sebastian
12 Bar Riff by Unknown
12 Slow Blues Riffs by Sonny Terry
1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky
19-2000 Main Harp Riff – Guitar Chords by Gorillaz
7 Nation Army by The White Stripes
9th Symphony by Bethoven
A Bunch Of Riffs by Regan Flannery
A Day In The Life by The Beatles
A Full Fist of Dollars (Whistled Part) – Ennio Morricone
A Good Riff by Shakeyhands
A Hard Days Night by The Beatles 
A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall by Bob Dylan/Roxy Music
A Holly Jolly Christmas by Johnny Marks
A Horse With No Name + (Guitar) by America
A Message To You Rudy – The Specials by Unknown
A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum
A Whole New World by Aladdin
About a Girl by Nirvana
Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cirrus
Across The Universe by The Beatles
Across the Universe by The Beatles
After Midnight by JJ Cale/Eric Clapton
After the Goldrush by Neil Young
Against the Wind by Bob Seger
Aint No Sunshine (PART TWO) by Bill Withers
Aint No Sunshine by Bill Withers
Air on the G String by Bach
All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan / Jimi Hendrix
All Along the Watchtower by Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix
All Along The Watchtower Solo by Jimi Hendrix
All Apologies by Nirvana
All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks
All I Want is You by Barry Louis Polisar
All my loving by Beatles
All The Small Things by Blink 182
All You Need is Love by The Beatles
All you need is love intro by Beatles
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Eric Idle/Monty Python
Amazing Grace (easier version) by Unknown
Amazing Grace (Low and Easy) by John Newton
Amazing Grace by John Newton 
America by Simon and Garfunkel
America the Beautiful by Katharine Lee Bates
American Pie Prologue by Don McLean
And I Love Her by The Beatles
Andy Griffith Theme by Unknown
Angie by Rolling Stones
Angie e by Rolling Stoness
Another Brick In The Wall (Parts 1-3) by Pink Floyd
Another Brick In The Wall by Pink Floyd
Another One Bites The Dust by Queen
Aqualung by Jethro Tull
Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley
Auld Lang Syne by Unknown
Ave Maria (diatonic) by Franz Schubert
Ave Maria (diatonic) by Franz Schubert
Axel F (Beverly Hills Cop theme song) by Harold Faltermeyer
Baba O’Riley by The Who
Back Door Man by Willie Dixon/The Doors
Bad Moon Rising by CCR
Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bad to the Bone by George Thorogood
Bad to the Bone RIFF by Muddy Waters
Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown by Jim Croce
Basic train riff by Anonymous
Batman v1.0 by Unknown
Battle Hymn of the Republic by Unknown
Big Rock Candy Mountain by Traditional
Bittersweet Symphony (Violin) by Oasis
Black Bird by The Beatles
Black Magic Woman by Santana / Fleetwood Mac
Blowin in The Wind 2 by Bob Dylan 
blowin in the wind by Bob Dylan
Blowing In The Wind by Bob Dylan
Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain by Willie Nelson
Blue Moon by Unknown
Blueberry Hill by Unknown
Blues by Unknown
Blues Riff by Unknown
Blues Riff/Walking Bass Line by Unknown
Blues Scale Practice by David Harp
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
Brahms’ Lullaby by Brahms
Braveheart intro by Unknown
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
Bring It On Home(harp parts and lyrics) by Led Zeppelin
Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley and the Wailers
California Dreaming by Beach Boys
Californication by Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Camptown Races by Stephen Foster
Can You Feel The Love Tonight by Elton John
Candle in the Wind by Elton John
Canon in D by Pachelbel
Cant Buy Me Love by The Beatles
Clementine by Unknown
Clocks by Coldplay
Come Together by The Beatles
Cotton Eye Joe by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band/Charlie Daniels
Crazy Train by Ozzy Ozbourne
Creep by Radiohead
Cryin (Harp Solo) by Aerosmith
Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen
Danny Boy by Fred E. Weatherly
Danny Boy by Public Domain
Darth Vader Imperial March by John Williams
Desperado by The Eagles
Diggin My Potato by Yoko Kanno
Dirty Old Town (2) by Pogues
Dirty Old Town (All Of It) by The Pogues
Dirty Old Town by pogues
Dixie by Unknown
Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright by Bob Dylan
Don’t worry, be happy! by Bobby McFerrin
Down by the River by Neil Young
Dream On by Aerosmith
Drunken Sailor by Dillon Green
Dueling Banjos (whole song) by unknown
Dueling Danjos by Unknown 
Dust in the Wind by Kansas
El Condor Pasa by Unknown
Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
Enter Sandman (Riff) by Metallica
Every Breath You Take by Police
Everybody Needs Somebody To Love by Blues Brothers
Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
Father And Son by Cat Stevens
Fire and Rain by James Taylor
Flintstone Theme by Unknown
Flute Part for Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
Fly me to the Moon by Unknown
Folsom Prison Blues (chromatic) by Johnny Cash 
Free Bird (with slide intro) by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Free Fallin by Tom Petty 
Free Harmonica Tabs All My Loving by The Beatles
Free Harmonica Tabs Taps by Daniel Butterfield
Free Willy Harmonica Tune by Unknown
Fur Elise by Beethoven
Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio 
Georgia by Ray Charles
Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles
Ghost Riders in the Sky by Stan Jones
Gloria by The Shadows of Knight/Van Morrison/The Doors/Patti Smith
Godfather – Speak Softly Love by Nino Rota
Godfather Theme (Opening) by Unknown
Good Riddance/Time Of Your Life (solo) by Green Day
Good Riddance/Time of Your Life by Green Day
Greensleeves by Unknown
Greensleeves by Unknown
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright
Happy Birthday by Public Domain
Happy Birthday To You by Unknown
Harmonica Tabs for Leavin On A Jet Plane by Chantal Kreviazuk
Harvest Moon (harp solo) by Neil Young
Have You Ever Seen The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Heart Of Gold (w/lyrics & chords) by Neil Young
Heart of Gold by Neil Young
Help by The Beatles
Helpless (intro) by Neil Young
Helpless (The Last Waltz) by Neil Young
Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles
Hey Hey, My My harmonica solos by Neil Young
Hey Jude by The Beatles
Highway To Hell by AC/DC
Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles
Home on the Range by Dan Kelley
Home on the Range by Unknown
Hoochie Coochie Man by Unknown
Hotel California by The Eagles
House of New Orleans by The Animals
House of the Rising Sun by The Animals
Hurricane by Bob Dylan 
Hurt by Johnny Cash
I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
I Dont Wanna Miss A Thing by Aerosmith
I Just Called To Say I Love You by Steve Wonder
I Kissed A Girl by Katy Perry
I Shall Be Released by Bob Dylan
I shot the sheriff intro by Bob Marley
I Should Have Known Better by The Beatles
I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
I Walk the line intro by Johnny Cash
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight by Bob Dylan
I’m Yours (Reggae Feel) by Jason Mraz
Imagine (Complete) by John Lennon
Imagine by JOHN LENNON – Harmonica Tab
Indiana Jones by Unknown
Indiana Jones Theme by unknown
Iron Man by Black Sabbath
Isn’t She Lovely by Stevie Wonder also Frank Sinatra
It Aint Me Baby by Bob Dylan
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue by Bob Dylan 
Its All Over Now, Baby Blue by Bob Dylan
Jail House Rock by Blues Brother Song
James Bond v1.0 by Unknown
Jingle Bells by Unknown
Johnny B Goode by Chuck Berry
Jurassic Park by John Williams
Just Like A Woman (Harmonica Part) by Bob Dylan
Killing Me Softly by Unknown
Knockin’ on Heavens Door by Bob Dylan
Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas
La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
La Cucaracha by Unknown
La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf
Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan
Layla by Eric Clapton/Derek and the Dominos
Lean on Me by Temptations, Bill Withers, et al
Let it Be by The Beatles
Light My Fire by The Doors
Light my Fire by The Doors
Like A Rolling Stone (Solo) by Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
Lion Sleeps Tonight by Tokens
Lola by The Kinks
Lookin Out My Back Door by J.C. Fogerty Creedence Water Revival
Love Me Do (Harp Riff) by The Beatles
Love Me Do by The Beatles
Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley
Low Rider (complete) by War
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by Beatles
M*A*S*H theme (suicide is painless) by Mike Altman & Johnny Mandel
Mac the Knife by Kurt Weill
Maggie May by Rod Stewart
Man With a Harmonica by Ennio Morricone
Man With Harmonica (once Upon a Time In) by Ennio Morricone
Man with Harmonica by Ennio Morricone
Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters
Mary had a Little Lamb by Sarah Hale
Mary Jane’s last dance (Intro and Last) by Tom Petty
Me and Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson / Janis Joplin
Midnight Rambler by Rolling Stones
Moon River(Complete) by Louis Armstrong
Moondance by Van Morrison
Mr Tamborine Man by Bob Dylan
Mr Tambourine Man (Harp Bits)(For Archi) by Bob Dylan
Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel
My Girl by The Temptations/The Rolling Stones
My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion
My way by Frank Sinatra
NBCs The Office Theme by Jay Ferguson
No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley
No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen by Louis Armstrong
Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
Nothing Else Matters Intro by Metallica
O Christmas Tree by August Zarnack
O Holy Night by Unknown
Ob La Di Ob La Da by The Beatles
Ode to Joy by Beethoven
Oh Susana by Folk Song
Oh Suzanna by Stephen Foster
Ohio by Neil Young
Old Man by Neil Young
On The Road Again (Complete) by Canned Heat
Orange Blossom Special (Folsom version) by Johnny Cash
Out on the Weekend by Neil Young
Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones
Paint it Black intro by Rolling Stones
Patience by Guns and Roses
People Are Strange by The Doors
Piano Man (Correct Intro) by Billy Joel
Piano Man (Intro) by Tim Shizzle
Piano Man by Billy Joel
piano man by billy joel 
Pink Intro (Best) by Aerosmith
Pink Panther by Unknown
Popeye Theme by Unknown
Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival / Tina Turner
Puff The Magic Dragon by Peter Paul and Mary
Raiders of the Lost Ark (Indiana Jones) by John Williams
Red River Valley by Unknown
Redemption Song (complete) by Bob Marley & The Wailers
Riders on the Storm by The Doors
Ring of Fire by Unknown
Roadhouse Blues (Intro) by The Doors
Rocky Theme by Unknown
Runaround by Blues Traveler
Runaround by Blues Traveler
Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
Scarborough Fair by Simon and Garfunkel
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
Shelter from the Storm by Bob Dylan
Silent Night by Joseph Mohr
Simpsons Theme by Unknown 
Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple
Somewhere Over The Rainbow by Judy Garland
Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel
Spokey Dokey – Cowboy Bebop OST1 by Yoko Kanno
SpongeBob Squarepants by Unknown
Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin 
Stand By Me by Ben E. King
Stand By Me by Ben E. King – Harmonica Tab
Star Spangled Banner (National Anthem) by Unknown
Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
Star Wars ~ Cantina Band by John Williams
Star Wars 2nd Theme by John Williams
Star Wars by John Williams Harmonica Tab
Stille Nacht by Unknown
Strangers in the Night by Frank Sinatra
Summertime by George Gershwin
Super Mario Brothers Theme by Nintendo
Superstition by Stevie Wonder
Sweet Child O Mine by Guns N Roses
Sweet Home Alabama by Unknown 
Sweet Home Chicago by Various Artists
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by Harry Thacker Burleigh
Take a Long Way Home (Intro) by Supertramp
Take Me Home Country Roads by John Denver
Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton Mr Slowhand
Tetris by unknown
The Entertainer (The Sting theme song) by Scott Joplin
The Godfather by Nino Rota
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly Theme by Unknown
The Irish Rover by The Pogues
The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Weiss / Peretti
The Promised Land by Bruce Springsteen
The Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash
The River (Harp Solos) by Bruce Springsteen
The River by Bruce Springsteen
The Sailor and the Maid by JJ Milteau/M. Galvin
The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel
The Times They Are A-Changin (3 verses) by Bob Dylan
The Unforgiven by Metallica
The Wild Rover by The Dubliners
The Wizard by Black Sabbath
Theme (New Super Mario Bros.) by Nintendo
Theme (Super Mario Bros.) (90%) by Nintendo
Theme from Pirates of the Caribbean by Hans Zimmer (Composer)
This Land is Your Land by Woody Guthrie
Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and The Wailers
Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Unknown
Unchained Melody by Righteous Brothers
Viva La Vida by Coldplay
Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day
Walk This Way by Aerosmith
We Are The Champions by Queen
We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by Eric Burton and The Animals
We Will Rock You by Queen
We Wish You a Merry Christmas by Public Domain
What A Wonderful World (Blues Improv) by Louis Armstrong
What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
What I Like About You (Solo) by Romantics
What Is That Strange Instrument Hal Is Playing? The Harmoni-Ka What???
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) by Ray Evans
When the Levee Breaks (Harp) by Led Zeppelin
When The Saints Go Marching In by Luther G Presley
While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
Whiskey In The Jar by Trad
White Christmas by Unknown
Wholl Stop The Rain? by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
Wind of Change by Scorpions
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here Intro by Pink Floyd
With a Little Help from My Friends by The Beatles
With God on Our Side by Bob Dylan
With or Without You by U2
Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
Wonderwall by Oasis
Working Class Hero by John Lennon
Yellow Submarine by Beatles
Yesterday by The Beatles
You Are My Sunshine by Jimmy Davis
You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
You Dont Know How It Feels (Intro) by Tom Petty
You Raise Me Up (My Version) by Westlife
You Really Got Me by The Kinks
You were Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson
You’ve Got A Friend by Carole King
Your Song by Elton John
Youve got a friend (Toy Story) by Disney
Zelda: Ocarina of Time Theme by Unknown
Zip A Dee Doo Dah by Ray Culbers Amazing Grace (John Newton)
America – My Country Tis Of Thee (Samuel Francis Smith)
America the Beautiful Harmonica Tab (Katharine Lee Bates)
Auld Lang Syne Harmonica Tab (Robert Burns)
Battle Hymn of the Republic Harmonica Tab (Julia Ward Howe)
Beautiful Dreamer Harmonica Tab (Stephen Foster)
Down in the Valley Harmonica Tab (Unknown)
Frankie and Johnnie Harmonica Tab (Hughie Cannon)
Home on the Range Harmonica Tab (Dr. Brewster M. Higley)
Oh Susanna Harmonica Tab (Stephen Foster)
Ol Grey Mare Harmonica Tab (Unknown)
On Top Of Old Smokey Harmonica Tab (Unknown)
Swing Low Sweet Chariot Harmonica Tab (Wallace Willis)
Taps Harmonica Tab (Unknown)
Turkey in the Straw Harmonica Tab (Unknown)
When Johny Comes Marching Home Harmonica Tab (Louis Lambert)
More Harmonica Song Tabs Here

Popular Holiday and Christmas Harmonica Songs Tabs

Angels We Have Heard on High Harmonica Tab
Away In A Manger Harmonica Tab
Deck The Halls Harmonica Tab
First Noel Harmonica Tab
Go Tell it on the Mountain Harmonica Tab
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Harmonica Tab
Hark the Herald Angels Harmonica Tab
Joy To The World Harmonica Tab
O Come All Ye Faithful Harmonica Tab
O Holy Night Harmonica Tab
Oh Christmas Tree Harmonica Tab
Silent Night Harmonica Tab
Twelve Days of Christmas Harmonica Tab
Up On The Housetop Harmonica Tab
We Three Kings Harmonica Tab
We Wish You a Merry Christmas Tab
What Child Is This? Harmonica Tab
White Christmas Harmonica Tab

These songs include videos for you to play along with:

All Along the Watch Tower (Bob Dylan / Jimi Hendrix)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen and Freddie Mercury)
Blowin’ in the Wind (Bob Dylan)
Heart Of Gold (Neil Young)
Hey Jude (Lennon/McCartney of The Beatles)
Imagine (John Lennon of The Beatles)
Piano Man (Billy Joel)
Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)
Stairway to Heaven (Page/Plant of Led Zeppelin)
Star Wars Main Theme Tune (John Williams)
Super Mario Bros Theme (Nintendo)
Yesterday (Lennon/McCartney of The Beatles)
12 Bar Blues Boogie (Sugar Blue)

Some Songs No Longer Posted Due To Copyright Law:

Happy Birthday (Traditional)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
Stand by Me (Ben E King)
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)

More About Harmonica Tablature

By far, harmonica music is written and shared in tabs instead of in standard musical notation. Why?

The main reason is that for the beginning harmonica player, even if they already read standard musical notation, it won’t do them much good – this is because when you are playing the harmonica you can’t see what note you are playing.  That is, you can’t see what note hole you are on.

You can easily tell if you are inhaling (“draw” in harmonica language) or blowing on that hole, but not which note it is, unless you are very well trained in at least relative pitch, if not perfect pitch.

So, as a result, harmonica tabs dominate the harmonica world.

Of course, once you are really oriented toward harmonica playing you can then apply your music notation reading skills.

Another reason for the domination of harmonica tabs is the sort of oral tradition that harmonica playing has. Harmonicas are played by all sorts of people, all over the world.  They carry harmonicas in their pockets, pouches, purses, backpacks, and play whenever they feel like it or whenever it feels like it would do them (or someone else) some good.
This sort of playing doesn’t require reading notes, by any means.  In fact, in the Blues tradition, very few players read music at all.

Our Harmonica Tabs system

On HARMONICA.COM the harmonica tabs system we are using is very simple:

If just a number is given, then it is a BLOW note

If there is a “-” sign in front of the number then it is a DRAW note

For example, with this sort of harmonica tab,

just the number 4< is a BLOW note
and -4 is a DRAW note
Now, there are lots of other harmonica tabs systems.  There’s even one that uses the opposite meaning for the minus sign.  We use our system because it has been around the longest.  You’ll see lots of books with up and down arrows, or circled and non-circled numbers.

The main thing is that with all these harmonica tab systems they are giving you the note hole NUMBER, and are letting you know when to BLOW or DRAW.

In most cases, it really helps to either know the song, or else have a recording of the song using the harmonica tabs that are given. 

On the following harmonica tab pages, that’s exactly what we do for you. Enjoy!

Down in the Valley tabs
Oh Shenandoah tab
Home On the Range tabs
Oh Susanna tab

Comments (6)

  • Negm

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    Can I have taps of le valse d’amelie ?

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    • JP Allen

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      Not familiar with that one Negm. Try a google search. jp

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  • Gordo

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    where can I get the notes to play Gershwins “Rhapsody In Blue” for harmonica I have only simple C and G

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    • JP Allen

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      Gordo…Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue can be bought as written music. Then you can look at the layout of a C and G harmonica and find out where the notes are. jp

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  • Andrea Rose .

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    Hey JP , I ‘ve brought a chromatic hormonica to learn and play bt basically i realli find this stuff hard n complicated , i 12 hole harmonica

    Reply

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