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Hundreds of free harmonica lessons and tabs, organised by level from beginner to advanced. This week's new lesson will always appear at the top of the page, followed by YouTube links to the rest of my lessons, plus links to download the tab where applicable. Enjoy in any order and come back whenever you like.

This week's free lesson:

Blues harp licks for turnarounds

(Last two bars of 12 bar blues)

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Beginner Lessons

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Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers) + TAB

All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan) + TAB

All My Loving (The Beatles) + TAB

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

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

Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley) + TAB

Amazing Grace + TAB

Auld Lang Syne + TAB

Baa Baa Black Sheep + TAB

Battle Hymn of the Republic + TAB

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

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 for beginners

Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan) + TAB

Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley) + TAB

Blues with three harmonicas

Box shuffle: awesome blues for beginners + TAB

Brahms' Lullaby + TAB

Brass-style shuffle riff

Breathing: how to balance air

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

Chromatic blues: basic technique

Cleaning your harmonica

Connaughtman's Rambles + TAB

Danny Boy + TAB

Delilah (Tom Jones) + TAB

Dirty Old Town (Pogues / Ewan MacColl) + TAB

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

Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music) + TAB

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

Frère Jacques + TAB

From Hank to Hendrix (Neil Young) + TAB

Frosty the Snowman + TAB

Ghost Riders in the Sky + TAB

Glissando (rips)

Good King Wenceslas + TAB

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) + TAB

Happy Birthday to You + TAB

Hark the Herald Angels Sing + TAB

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

Harry Potter theme + TAB

Harvest Moon (Neil Young) + TAB

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas + TAB

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas + TAB

He Aint' Heavy He's My Brother (The Hollies)

Heart of Gold (Neil Young) + TAB

Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus) + TAB

Hey Jude (The Beatles) + TAB

High notes: how to make them work

Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles) + TAB

Holding the harmonica: proper technique

House of the Rising Sun (The Animals) + TAB

Hurt (Johnny Cash) + TAB

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

I'll Fly Away (hymn) + TAB

I'm a Little Teapot + TAB

I'm A Man / Hoochie Coochie Man

Imagine (John Lennon) + TAB

Indiana Jones theme + TAB

Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) + TAB

Jambalaya (On the Bayou) + TAB

Jean de Florette theme + TAB

Jerusalem + TAB

Jingle Bells + TAB

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

Last Christmas (Wham!) + TAB

Leaving space: how to use it in a solo

Lonely This Christmas (Mud) + TAB

Love Me Do (The Beatles) Pt. 1

Man With A Harmonica (Morricone) + TAB

Make your harmonica speak!

Mary's Boy Child (Boney M) + TAB

Meet Me on the Corner (Lindisfarne) + TAB

Metronomes: why you need one

Merry Christmas Everyone + TAB

Minuet in G (Bach) + TAB

Moon River (no bends) + TAB

Morning Has Broken (Cat Stevens) + TAB

Moving between holes: how to do it smoothly

Mr Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan) + TAB

My Girl (Temptations) + TAB

My My, Hey Hey (Neil Young) + TAB

Nearer, My God, to Thee + TAB

New World Symphony (Dvorak) + TAB

New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)

No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley) + TAB

Note layout: quick guide

Ode to Joy (Beethoven) + TAB

Oh! Susanna + TAB

Out on the Weekend (Neil Young) + TAB

Piano Man (Billy Joel) + TAB

Planxty Irwin

Posture: how to stand properly

Purple Rain (Prince) + TAB

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree + TAB

Rocky theme (Gonna Fly Now) + TAB

Row Row Row Your Boat + TAB

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer + TAB

Scarborough Fair + TAB

Shuffle blues: what is it, and how to play it?

Silent Night + TAB

Single notes: how to get them

Single note exercises + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

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

Somewhere Over the Rainbow + TAB

St. James Infirmary + TAB

Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) + TAB

Star Wars theme + TAB

Stay With Me (Sam Smith)

Take Me Home, Country Roads + TAB

The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel) + TAB

The First Noel + TAB

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly theme + TAB

The Little Drummer Boy + TAB

The Lord of the Rings theme + TAB

The River (Bruce Springsteen) + TAB

The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) + TAB

The Star-Spangled Banner + TAB

The Streets of Laredo + TAB

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

The Twelve Days of Christmas + TAB

This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie) + TAB

Top 5 tips for beginners

Train rhythms (chugging)

Tremolo vs. diatonic (Comparing different types of harmonica)

Turnaround blues licks + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

U-blocking: a new way to play single notes

V-IV-I licks: introduction

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

Warbles (trills): how to play them

Warbles (trills): move head or harp?

Warning: Harmonica is hard!

Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks) + TAB

We Wish You a Merry Christmas + TAB

What a Wonderful World + TAB

What kind of harmonica should I buy?

What's in my gig case?

When The Saints Go Marching In + TAB

Whiskey in the Jar + TAB

Yesterday (The Beatles) + TAB

You Are So Beautiful + TAB

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

You'll Never Walk Alone + TAB

2 draw: how to play it perfectly

2 draw vs. 3 blow

3rd position: instant trick

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

12 bar blues structure

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

Intermediate Lessons

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Albatross (Fleetwood Mac) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

All of Me (John Legend) + TAB

Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley) + TAB

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

Bending: different types of harmonica bends

Bending notes: the ultimate guide

Big Walter's Boogie + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley) + TAB

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

Blues: famous Sonny Boy Williamson lick

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 intermediate rhythm + 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)

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

Careless Whisper (George Michael) + TAB

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

Chromatic blues: basic technique

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

Connaughtman's Rambles + TAB

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

From Me to You (The Beatles) + TAB

Game of Thrones theme + TAB

Glory Box (Portishead) + TAB

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

Gypsy jazz lick

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

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles) + TAB

Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles) + TAB

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

I'm Yours (Jason Mraz) + TAB

Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)

Jingle Bell Rock + TAB

Joy to the World + TAB

Jurassic Park theme + TAB

Just Your Fool (The Rolling Stones) + TAB

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

Key to the Highway (Sonny Terry) + TAB

Leaving space: how to use it in a solo

Louisiana Blues (Muddy Waters)

Love Me Do (The Beatles) Pt. 2

Love Yourself (Justin Bieber) + TAB

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

Miss You (The Rolling Stones)

Moon River (with bends) + TAB

Must Be Jelly (William Clarke) + TAB

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

Nearer, My God, to Thee + TAB

New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)

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

O Holy Night + TAB

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!

Overblows: why you should learn them

Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones) + TAB

Papillon (Editors) + TAB

Rawhide + TAB

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

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

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree + 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?

Single note exercises + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

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

Slow blues turnaround + TAB

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) + TAB

Smokestack Lightning (Howlin' Wolf)

St. James Infirmary + TAB

Stand By Me (Ben E. King) + TAB

Steady (Jerry McCain) + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Stealin' Stealin' (Memphis Jug Band) + TAB

Summertime + TAB

Sunshine of Your Love (Cream) + TAB

Swan Lake theme (Tchaikovsky) + TAB

Tears On My Pillow + TAB

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

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond + TAB

The Girl from Ipanema + TAB

The Holly & The Ivy + TAB

The Jean Genie (David Bowie)

The Pink Panther theme + TAB

Tongue blocking: how to play low notes

Tongue blocking: why you should do it

Tongue flutters

Tongue popping

Tongue switching

Train rhythms (chugging)

Turnaround blues licks + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Uncomfortable key challenge

V chord: how to solo over the five chord

Vibrato: how to develop perfect technique

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!

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

Warbles (trills): how to play them

Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks) + TAB

We Will Rock You (Queen) + TAB

Yellow (Coldplay) + TAB

You'll Never Walk Alone + TAB

2nd position: how to find it

2nd position: scales for soloing

3rd position: how to find it

3rd position: instant trick

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

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

12 bar blues: what does it mean?

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

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

Advanced Lessons

Click to watch lesson and/or download tab

Bending: different types of harmonica bends

Big Walter's Boogie + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Blues: famous Sonny Boy Williamson lick

Blues: how to play over the V chord

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

Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel) + TAB

Cool blues turnaround + TAB

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

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

Drone notes: playing 'bagpipes-harmonica'

Embossing reed slots (for overblows) with Sugar Cain

Game of Thrones theme + TAB

Gypsy jazz lick

Isn't She Lovely in 12th position + TAB

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

Leaving space: how to use it in a solo

Messin' with the Kid: fast solo lick

Midnight Cowboy theme + TAB

Minnie the Moocher (Blues Brothers) + TAB

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

Overblows: simple hack to get first overblow

Overblows: why you should learn them

Purple Rain (Prince) + TAB

Reed rattle fixes with Sugar Cain

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

Single note exercises + try the PREMIUM LESSON!

Sunshine of Your Love (Cream) + TAB

The Girl From Ipanema + TAB

The Godfather theme + TAB

The Pink Panther theme + TAB

Tongue switching

Tuning a harmonica reed with Sugar Cain

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!

White Christmas + TAB

You'll Never Walk Alone + TAB