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This week's free lesson:

Blues harp licks for turnarounds

(Last two bars of 12 bar blues)

 
 

Blues Lessons

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Baby Please Don't Go (Muddy Waters) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Beginner blues solo 1 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Beginner blues solo 2 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Beginner blues solo 3 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Beginner blues solo 4 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Beginner blues solo 5 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Bending: different types of harmonica bends

Bending for beginners

Bending notes: the ultimate guide

Big Walter's Boogie + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Blue Midnight (Little Walter) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Blues: famous Sonny Boy Williamson lick

Blues: how to play over the V chord

Blues: rhumba groove

Blues: 3 top super-fast licks + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Blues bending licks No. 1

Blues bending licks No. 2

Blues bending licks No. 3

Blues bending licks No. 4

Blues bending licks No. 5

Blues bending licks No. 6

Blues With A Feeling (Little Walter) + TAB

Blues with 3 harmonicas

Boogie lick: awesome blues phrase

Boom Boom, Out Go the Lights (Little Walter) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Box shuffle: awesome blues for beginners + TAB

Box shuffle: awesome blues for intermediates + TAB

Brass-style shuffle riff

Bring It on Home (Sonny Boy Williamson)

Bye Bye Bird Pt. 1 (Sonny Boy Williamson)

Bye Bye Bird Pt. 2 (Sonny Boy Williamson)

Chicken Shack (Little Walter) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Chromatic blues: basic technique

Confessin' the 9 bar blues: ideas for non-12 bar blues songs

Cool blues turnaround + TAB

Country blues rhythm (Hotsy Totsy!)

Deal the Cards (William Clarke) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Digging My Potato (Cowboy Bebop) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Dirty Deal (Mitch Kashmar) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Big Walter) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Early in the Morning (William Clarke)

Easy (Big Walter Horton) Pt. 1 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Fast Swing / Jump Blues

Got My Mojo Working (Muddy Waters) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson) Pt. 1 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Hoodoo Man Blues (Junior Wells) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

I'm A Man / Hoochie Coochie Man

Juke (Little Walter) Pt. 1 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Just Your Fool (The Rolling Stones) + TAB

Key to the Highway (Sonny Terry) + TAB

Louisiana Blues (Muddy Waters)

Messin' with the Kid: Liam's fast solo lick

Messin' with the Kid (main lick) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Minnie the Moocher (Blues Brothers) + TAB

Must Be Jelly (William Clarke) + TAB

My Babe (Little Walter) Pt. 1 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Ninety Nine (Sonny Boy Williamson II) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Off the Wall (Little Walter) Pt. 1 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Off the Wall (Little Walter) Pt. 2 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Old Grey Whistle Test theme (Stone Fox Chase) + TAB

On the Road Again (Canned Heat) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Roller Coaster (Little Walter) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Rollin' & Tumblin' (Cream / Muddy Waters) + TAB

Run Here Mama (Charlie Musselwhite) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

She Caught the Katy (Taj Mahal) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Shuffle blues: classic walking bass line

Shuffle blues: what is it, and how do I play it?

Slow blues turnaround + TAB

Smokestack Lightning (Howlin' Wolf)

St. James Infirmary + TAB

Steady (Jerry McCain) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Stealin' Stealin' (Memphis Jug Band) + TAB

Summertime + TAB

Tell Me Mama (Little Walter) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Train rhythms (chugging)

Turnaround blues licks + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

V chord: how to solo over the five chord

V-IV-I licks: introduction

V-IV-I licks: beginner ex. 1.2 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

V-IV-I licks: intermediate ex. 2.4 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

V-IV-I licks: advanced intermediate ex. 3.13 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

V-IV-I licks: advanced ex. 4.9 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Walking by Myself (Big Walter) Pt. 1 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

1st position blues licks Pt. 1 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

1st position blues licks Pt. 2 + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

12 bar blues structure

20 warble blues licks (No. 1) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

20 warble blues licks (No. 2) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Pop & Rock Lessons

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Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers) + TAB

Albatross (Fleetwood Mac) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan) + TAB

All My Loving (The Beatles) + TAB

All of Me (John Legend) + TAB

Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley) + TAB

Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel) + TAB

Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley) + TAB

Careless Whisper (George Michael) + TAB

Delilah (Tom Jones) + TAB

From Me to You (The Beatles) + TAB

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) + TAB

He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother (The Hollies)

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles) + TAB

Hey Jude (The Beatles) + TAB

House of the Rising Sun (The Animals) + TAB

Hurt (Johnny Cash) + TAB

I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (Aerosmith) + TAB

I'm Yours (Jason Mraz) + TAB

Imagine (John Lennon) + TAB

Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) beginner + TAB

Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) intermediate

Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan) + TAB

Love Me Do (The Beatles) Pt. 1

Love Me Do (The Beatles) Pt. 2

Love Yourself (Justin Bieber) + TAB

Miss You (The Rolling Stones)

Morning Has Broken (Cat Stevens) + TAB

Mr Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan) + TAB

My Girl (Temptations) + TAB

Out on the Weekend (Neil Young) + TAB

Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones) + TAB

Papillon (Editors) + TAB

Piano Man (Billy Joel) + TAB

Purple Rain (Prince) + TAB

(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay + TAB

Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) + TAB

Stand By Me (Ben E. King) + TAB

Stay With Me (Sam Smith)

Sunshine of Your Love (Cream) + TAB

Take Me Home, Country Roads + TAB

Tears On My Pillow + TAB

The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel) + TAB

The Jean Genie (David Bowie)

The River (Bruce Springsteen) + TAB

The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) + TAB

Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks) + TAB

We Will Rock You (Queen) + TAB

Yellow (Coldplay) + TAB

Yesterday (The Beatles) + TAB

You'll Never Walk Alone + TAB

You Are So Beautiful + TAB

You Don't Know How It Feels (Tom Petty)

Folk Lessons

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Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan) + TAB

Connaughtman's Rambles + TAB

Danny Boy + TAB

Dirty Old Town (Pogues / Ewan MacColl) + TAB

From Hank to Hendrix (Neil Young) + TAB

Harvest Moon (Neil Young) + TAB

Heart of Gold (Neil Young) + TAB

Meet Me on the Corner (Lindisfarne) + TAB

Mr Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan) + TAB

My My, Hey Hey (Neil Young) + TAB

Planxty Irwin

Scarborough Fair + TAB

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond + TAB

The Times They Are A-Changin' (Bob Dylan) + TAB

This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie) + TAB

Whiskey in the Jar + TAB

Movie & TV Theme Lessons

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Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Pt. 1 + TAB

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Pt. 2 + TAB

Beauty & The Beast (Tale As Old As Time) + TAB

Digging My Potato (Cowboy Bebop) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music) + TAB

Game of Thrones theme + TAB

Harry Potter theme + TAB

Indiana Jones theme + TAB

Jean de Florette theme + TAB

Jurassic Park theme + TAB

Man With A Harmonica (Morricone) + TAB

Midnight Cowboy theme + TAB

Moon River (no bends) + TAB

Moon River (with bends) + TAB

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head (Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid)

Rawhide + TAB

Rocky theme (Gonna Fly Now) + TAB

Somewhere Over the Rainbow + TAB

Star Wars theme + TAB

The Godfather theme + TAB

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly theme + TAB

The Lord of the Rings theme + TAB

The Pink Panther theme + TAB

Classical Lessons

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Brahms' Lullaby + TAB

Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus) + TAB

Minuet in G (Bach) + TAB

Nearer, My God, to Thee + TAB

New World Symphony (Dvorak) + TAB

Ode to Joy (Beethoven) + TAB

Swan Lake theme (Tchaikovsky) + TAB

Christmas Lessons

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Auld Lang Syne + TAB

Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley) + TAB

Feliz Navidad (I Wanna Wish You A Merry Christmas) + TAB

Frosty the Snowman + TAB

Good King Wenceslas + TAB

Hark the Herald Angels Sing + TAB

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas + TAB

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas + TAB

Jingle Bell Rock + TAB

Jingle Bells + TAB

Joy to the World + TAB

Last Christmas (Wham!) + TAB

Lonely This Christmas (Mud) + TAB

Mary's Boy Child (Boney M) + TAB

Merry Christmas Everyone + TAB

O Holy Night + TAB

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree + TAB

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer + TAB

Silent Night + TAB

The First Noel + TAB

The Holly & The Ivy + TAB

The Little Drummer Boy + TAB

The Twelve Days of Christmas + TAB

We Wish You a Merry Christmas + TAB

White Christmas + TAB

Technique Lessons

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Breathing: how to balance air

Drone notes: playing 'bagpipes-harmonica'

Glissando (rips)

High notes: how to make them work

Holding the harmonica: proper technique

Leaving space: how to use it in a solo

Moving between holes: how to do it smoothly

Overblows: simple hack to get first overblow

Overblows: why you should learn them

Posture: how to stand properly

Single notes: how to get them

Single note exercises + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Tongue blocking: how to play low notes

Tongue blocking: why you should do it

Tongue flutters

Tongue popping

Tongue switching

U-blocking: a new way to play single notes

Vibrato: how to develop perfect technique

Warbles (trills): how to play them

Warbles (trills): move head or harp?

2 draw: how to play it perfectly

2 draw vs. 3 blow

2nd position: how to find it

2nd position: scales for soloing

3rd position: how to find it

3rd position: instant trick

Miscellaneous Genres

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Amazing Grace in three positions + TAB

Baa Baa Black Sheep + TAB

Battle Hymn of the Republic + TAB

Frère Jacques + TAB

Ghost Riders in the Sky + TAB

Glory Box (Portishead) + TAB

Gypsy jazz lick

Happy Birthday to You + TAB

Harmonica tab explained: how, when and why to use it

Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles) + TAB

I'll Fly Away (hymn) + TAB

I'm a Little Teapot + TAB

Jambalaya (On the Bayou) + TAB

Jerusalem + TAB

Nearer, My God, to Thee + TAB

New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)

No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley) + TAB

Oh! Susanna + TAB

Rawhide + TAB

Row Row Row Your Boat + TAB

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) + TAB

The Girl from Ipanema + TAB

The Star-Spangled Banner + TAB

The Streets of Laredo + TAB

What a Wonderful World + TAB

When The Saints Go Marching In + TAB

Interviews

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Adam Gussow: Part 1

Adam Gussow: Part 2

Brendan Power: Part 1

Brendan Power: Part 2

Carlos del Junco

Charlie McCoy

Christelle Berthon

David Barrett: Part 1

David Barrett: Part 2

David Barrett: Part 3

David Barrett: Part 4

David Barrett: Part 5

Dennis Gruenling

Giles Robson

Greg Miller

Joe Filisko: Part 1

Joe Filisko: Part 2

Joe Filisko: Part 3

Joe Filisko: Part 4

Magic Dick (J Geils Band)

Mark Hummel

Paul Lamb

Rick Estrin: Part 1

Rick Estrin: Part 2

Rick Estrin: Part 3

Ronnie Shellist

Steve 'West' Weston

Tomlin Leckie: Part 1

Tomlin Leckie: Part 2

Watermelon Slim

Will Wilde

Other Lessons

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Cleaning your harmonica

Critique of my first ever harmonica solo

Embossing reed slots (for overblows) with Sugar Cain

Kongsheng Solist: review and demo

Make your harmonica speak!

Metronomes: why you need one

Note layout: quick guide

Perfect harmonica tuning - is this it?

Reed rattle fixes with Sugar Cain

Silver Bullet mic demo

Subtitles and translations: free album giveaway

Top 5 tips for beginners

Tremolo vs. diatonic (Comparing different types of harmonica)

Tuning a harmonica reed with Sugar Cain

Uncomfortable key challenge

Warning: Harmonica is hard!

What kind of harmonica should I buy?

What's in my gig case?

6 keys you need to buy

7 things they don't tell you about harmonica

7 (more) things they don't tell you about harmonica