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8 Awesome Harp Riffs (from Popular Songs)

By Alex Paclin ~ Love Me Do Love me do is a first Beatles single, released in 1964 and peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the States. Harmonica was played by John Lennon, he starts off with a simple mixolydian riff which is followed by a riff that contains unbended notes that are out of C harmonica Richter tuning, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

All About That Bass Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ This is a fun and cool song. I chose to play it in 2nd position, which requires overbends, because you’re going to play in natural major (somewhere with the b3 though). I use the wah-wah effects here, bending overbends, and doing vibrato on them, imitating vibrato on exhale, playing intervals and doing vibrato on them [&hellip... Continue Reading »

7 Best Harmonica Players, Ever?

By Alex Paclin ~ Here are my favorite harmonica players. Who would get on your list? Drop  us a comment below 🙂 Little Walter A pioneer of Chicago blues who has created an iconic style. His phrasing and effects were innovative and led to influence a lot of blues players in the future. Smart playing based on major and [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Stitches Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ This song I played in 12th position, using tongue blocking somewhere, to add texture and fullness, otherwise it would sound pretty thin. On the phrase “Move on…” you can use the melisma on 5 blow and 5 draw as it’s sung in the original. Also feel free to play the chorus in the second octave, [&hellip... Continue Reading »

7 Years Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Really lyrical song. The softer and smoother it’s played, the better, country style in 2nd position works well for it, there are a lot of bends on 3. Sometimes I use wah-wah tremolo effect, usually to finish the line on the last note. A lot of vibrato here, throat and tongue. Also not to mention [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Cheap Thrills Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ First off, it took me some time to choose the key of the harmonica to keep that melisma which starts the chorus with the words “Baby I don’t…”. I went with the 2nd position, B harmonica, and the key of F#m, where I have that bend on 3, which fits that phrase. If you choose [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Despacito Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin ~ Here’s the hot Puerto Rican hit Despacito played on the harmonica for you, with tabs so you can play along too. I used multiple harmonica parts to make it sound richer, played the chugging technique for the rap part and fooled around with the effects a little bit 🙂 Tabs and the original song are [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Tutorial: Help Me by Sonny Boy Williamson

By Alex Paclin ~ Tab and lesson notes below the video! Help Me: Classic blues by Sonny Boy Williamson, very minor sounding and very groovy. Simply there’s a bass riff 1 b3 4 over I IV and V chords, which makes it sound so bluesy. This song has a lot of texture, dynamics and strong note attacks. It has [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Learn Bye Bye Bird (Sonny Boy Williamson)

By Alex Paclin ~ Bye Bye Bird is played on a Low D harmonica (an octave lower than the regular D). I chose the low version because it has a more authentic vibe to me and used the Marine Band 364 for it, but you can use any low harmonica you want of course. (You can find the tab [&hellip... Continue Reading »

Harmonica Lesson: Blues Harp Shuffle (Big Walter Horton)

By Alex Paclin ~ Big Walter’s Shuffle is one of my favorites. Memorable licks, notes played using the rolled R, fast tremolo effect, all of these and more define Big Walter’s style. (Tab and lesson details below the video. If you’re struggling with bends check out JP Allen’s How to Bend Notes page to get the basics down first.) [&hellip... Continue Reading »