Cheap Thrills Harmonica Cover (With Tab)

By Alex Paclin

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

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 this position you will have to play in 2nd position in minor and 11th position major, which can sound really soulful, because you can bend the strong chord tones (1, 3, 5) of both tonic chords in 2nd and 11th position. I also added the harmony for the line in the chorus “But I don’t need no money…”. And at the end, I used weaker steps over the F#m chord to add some spice: 2, b7, 4.

Tabs and the original song are below the video.

Cheap Thrills by Sia
B harmonica
2nd Position Minor & 11th Position Major
Key of F#m
-2 -3” -3’ -3” -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -3” -2 -2” -2”
-2 -3” -3’ -3” -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -3” -2 -2” -2”
-1 -2 -3” -3’ -3’ -3” -2 -3” -2 -1 1
-1 -2 -3” -3’ -3” -2 -1 1
-1 -2 -3” -3’ -3’ -3” -2 -3” -2 -1 1
-1 -2 -3” -3’ -3” -2 -1 1

Here’s the original song by Sia…

Hope you enjoy!

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