Sonny Boy / Big Walter Harmonica Lick Lesson (Part 1 of 2)

By JP Allen

Written by JP Allen on . Posted in Blog: Harmonica Articles, Harmonica Lessons

If you like blues harmonica you’re going to love this lesson from me and Joe Filisko.

It’s a classic harmonica rhythm/lead lick that was made famous by Sonny Boy Williamson I and popularized by Big Walter Horton.

I’m rating it beginner to intermediate level because even though there are no bends, the transition from single notes to double notes can take some skill.

If you’re a beginner, you’ll need to be patient to develop this technique (and if you want to play the rhythm at the speed Joe does then you’ll eventually want to learn how to tongue block).

I really love the way Joe teaches and it was a total honor to do this with him (so I hope you get a lot out of it).

Will you let me know in the comments section below if you would like more lessons of this nature or is there something else you’d rather learn. Thanks again for checking out this lesson and I hope you enjoy it.

You’re harmonica buddy,

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Comments (3)

  • Toby Stephens


    This is very good. I have been working hard at Tongue Blocking for 4 or 5 weeks. It is going great with single notes, but I must learn to mix the cord in with the single note to get that rhythm.


  • Colm Campbell


    Very helpful lessons, this needs to be taught!
    . A great teaching method.


  • Colm Campbell




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