Learn William Clarke’s Top 3 Songs on Harmonica

By Alex Paclin

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

We’re gonna learn 2 themes and one solo in this lesson.

1. Greasy Gravy

You can add ghost notes for texture – when you play with tongue blocking and release your tongue you get chords. Those can be used at some times right before the note.

William Clarke – Greasy Gravy

C chromatic harmonica, key of D

-5 -6 -7   7   -6 7 -6 -5 5   -3 -5   -6 -5
-5 -6 -7   7   -6 7 -6 -5 5 -5
-5 -6 -7   7   -6 7 -6 -5   -3 -5   -6 -5
-5 -6 -7   7   -6 7 -6 -5 5 -5
-5 -6 7   s7 7   s7 7 -6 -5 5 -5
-5 -3 5 s5 -5

2. Lonesome Bedroom Blues

William Clarke – Lonesome Bedroom Blues

C harmonica, key of G

-2 -3 -4 6 -5[tongue warble]
-5 5 -4 4 -3’4 -2
-3 -4 6 -5[tongue warble]
-5 5 -4 4 -4/-2
-2” -2
-45 -45 -45 -45 -45 -45 (prebending each time)
-45 -4′ -3’ -2 -1 1 -1 2 -2 -34[trill]
-3’4’[trill] -34[trill]
-2 -3’4 4 -3’ -4’ -4
25 36    -5 -4 4 -3’4 -2

3. Blowin the Family Jewels

This one has a repetitive theme that is different in each verse. We’re gonna cover first 3. You can add ghost notes for texture just like in Greasy Gravy.

William Clarke – Blowin the Family Jewels

G harmonica, key of A, 3rd pos

-6 -7
-48 -48 -48 -48  -48 6 -6 -5 -5 -4 (repeats x4)
58 58 58 58   58 58 58 58   58 58 58 58
-48 -48 -48 -48   -37 -48 -48 -37  -6 -6 -7

-1 -1   7 -7 -6 6  -5 -6 -7 -8   -4 -4 -5
-1 -1   7 -7 -6 -7[trill]  -8
-1 -1   7 -7 -6 6  -5 -6 -7 -8   -4 -4 -5
-1 -1   7 -7 -6 -7[trill]  -8
-8 -8  7 7  -6 -6  6 -6 -5 -6 -7 -8
-6-7-6 6 -5 -4 -4   -5 5

-3” -3 -4 -4  -3” -3 -4 -4   -5 -5′ -4 5 -4 (repeats x4)
-3” -3 -4 -5 5   -3” -3 -4 -5 5 5   -5 -5’ -4 5 -4
-3” -3 -4 -4   -3” -3 -4 -4  -3” -3 -4 -4   -3” -3 -4 -4

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