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Blues Lessons

Baby Please Don't Go (Muddy Waters)

Beginner blues solo 1

Beginner blues solo 2

Beginner blues solo 3

Beginner blues solo 4

Beginner blues solo 5

Bending: different types of harmonica bends

Bending for beginners

Bending notes: the ultimate guide

Best keys of harmonica for blues

Big Walter's Boogie

Blue Midnight (Little Walter) 

Blues: famous Sonny Boy Williamson lick

Blues: how to play over the V chord

Blues: rhumba groove

Blues: 3 top super-fast licks

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 scale: how and when to play it

Blues With A Feeling (Little Walter)

Blues with 3 harmonicas

Boogie lick: awesome blues phrase

Boom Boom, Out Go the Lights (Little Walter)

Box shuffle: awesome blues for beginners

Box shuffle: awesome blues for intermediates

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)

Chromatic blues: basic technique

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

Cool blues turnaround

Country blues rhythm (Hotsy Totsy!)

Deal the Cards (William Clarke)

Digging My Potato (Cowboy Bebop)

Dirty Deal (Mitch Kashmar)

Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Big Walter)

Don't Lose Your Eye (Sonny Boy Williamson II)

Driftin' & Driftin' (Paul Butterfield)

Early in the Morning (William Clarke)

Easy (Big Walter Horton) Pt. 1

Fast Swing / Jump Blues

Got My Mojo Working (Muddy Waters)

Got to Move (Sonny Boy Williamson II)

Help Me (Sonny Boy Williamson II) Pt. 1

Hoodoo Man Blues (Junior Wells)

How to REALLY play a solo (using chord tones)

I'm A Man / Hoochie Coochie Man

Juke (Little Walter) Pt. 1

Just Your Fool (The Rolling Stones)

Key to the Highway (Sonny Terry)

LearnTheHarmonica.com jingle

Let Your Conscience Be Your Guide (Sonny Boy II)

Louisiana Blues (Muddy Waters)

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

Messin' with the Kid (main lick)

Minnie the Moocher (Blues Brothers)

Must Be Jelly (William Clarke)

My Babe (Little Walter) Pt. 1

Ninety Nine (Sonny Boy Williamson II)

Off the Wall (Little Walter) Pt. 1

Off the Wall (Little Walter) Pt. 2

Old Grey Whistle Test theme (Stone Fox Chase)

On the Road Again (Canned Heat)

Rocker (Little Walter)

Roller Coaster (Little Walter)

Rollin' & Tumblin' (Cream / Muddy Waters)

Run Here Mama (Charlie Musselwhite)

She Caught the Katy (Taj Mahal)

Shuffle blues: classic walking bass line

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

Sleeping in the Ground (Sammy Myers)

Slow blues solo (beginner)

Slow blues solo (intermediate)

Slow blues solo (advanced)

Slow blues turnaround

Smokestack Lightning (Howlin' Wolf)

Spokey Dokey (Cowboy Bebop)

St. James Infirmary

Standin' Round Crying (Eric Clapton w/Jerry Portnoy)

Steady (Jerry McCain)

Stealin' Stealin' (Memphis Jug Band)


Tell Me Mama (Little Walter)

Train rhythms (chugging)

Turnaround blues licks

V chord: how to solo over the five chord

V-IV-I licks: introduction

V-IV-I licks: beginner

V-IV-I licks: intermediate

V-IV-I licks: advanced intermediate

V-IV-I licks: advanced

Walking by Myself (Big Walter) Pt. 1

What makes Little Walter so great?

Work Song (Paul Butterfield)

1st position blues licks Pt. 1

1st position blues licks Pt. 2

3 beginner chugging patterns

12 bar blues structure

20 top blow bend practice licks

20 warble blues licks (No. 1)

20 warble blues licks (No. 2)

Pop & Rock Lessons

Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)

Albatross (Fleetwood Mac)

All Along the Watchtower (Bob Dylan)

All My Loving (The Beatles)

All of Me (John Legend)

Always On My Mind (Elvis Presley)

And I Love Her (The Beatles)

Annie's Song (John Denver)

Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)

Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)

Careless Whisper (George Michael)

Delilah (Tom Jones)

Don't Worry Be Happy (Bobby McFerrin)

Every Breath You Take (The Police)

Everybody Hurts (R.E.M.)

From Me to You (The Beatles)

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

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

Here Comes the Sun (The Beatles)

Hey Jude (The Beatles)

House of the Rising Sun (The Animals)

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

I'm Yours (Jason Mraz)

Imagine (John Lennon)

Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) beginner

Isn't She Lovely (Stevie Wonder) intermediate

Knockin' on Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan)

Love Me Do (The Beatles) Pt. 1

Love Me Do (The Beatles) Pt. 2

Love Me Tender (Elvis Presley)

Love Yourself (Justin Bieber)

Miss You (The Rolling Stones)

Morning Has Broken (Cat Stevens)

Mr Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)

My Girl (Temptations)

Out on the Weekend (Neil Young)

Paint It Black (The Rolling Stones)

Papillon (Editors)

Piano Man (Billy Joel)

Purple Rain (Prince)

Sittin' On the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)

Something Inside So Strong (Labi Siffre)

Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)

Stand By Me (Ben E. King)

Stay With Me (Sam Smith)

Sunshine of Your Love (Cream)

Tears On My Pillow (Little Anthony and the Imperials)

The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel)

The Jean Genie (David Bowie)

The River (Bruce Springsteen)

The Sound of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)

The 59th Street Bridge Song / Feelin' Groovy (Simon & Garfunkel)

Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper)

Waterloo Sunset (The Kinks)

We Will Rock You (Queen)

When I'm Sixty-Four (The Beatles)

Wooden Heart (Elvis Presley)

Yellow (Coldplay)

Yellow Submarine (The Beatles)

Yesterday (The Beatles)

You'll Never Walk Alone (Gerry and the Pacemakers)

You Are So Beautiful (Joe Cocker)

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

Country & Western Lessons

Ghost Riders in the Sky

Hurt (Johnny Cash)

Man With A Harmonica (Morricone)

Midnight Cowboy theme


Take Me Home, Country Roads (John Denver)

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly theme

The Streets of Laredo

Your Cheatin' Heart (Hank Williams)

Folk Lessons

Blowin' in the Wind (Bob Dylan)

Connaughtman's Rambles

Danny Boy

Dirty Old Town (Pogues / Ewan MacColl)

From Hank to Hendrix (Neil Young)

Harvest Moon (Neil Young)

Heart of Gold (Neil Young)

I Never Will Marry

Leaving On A Jet Plane (John Denver)

Li'l Liza Jane

Meet Me on the Corner (Lindisfarne)

Molly Malone (a.k.a. Cockles & Mussels / In Dublin's Fair City)

Mr Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan)

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My My, Hey Hey (Neil Young)

Planxty Irwin

Poor Wayfaring Stranger

Scarborough Fair

Streets of London (Ralph McTell)

Tell Me Ma

The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond

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

This Land is Your Land (Woody Guthrie)

Waltzing Matilda

Whiskey in the Jar

Yankee Doodle

Movie & TV Theme Lessons

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Pt. 1

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life Pt. 2

Beauty & The Beast (Tale As Old As Time)

Chariots of Fire

Chim Chim Cher-ee (Mary Poppins)

Digging My Potato (Cowboy Bebop)

Edelweiss (from The Sound of Music)

Friends TV theme (I'll Be There For You)

Game of Thrones theme

Harry Potter theme

Indiana Jones theme

Jean de Florette theme

Jurassic Park theme

Man With A Harmonica (Morricone)

Midnight Cowboy theme

Moon River (no bends)

Moon River (with bends)

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


Rocky theme (Gonna Fly Now)

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Spokey Dokey (Cowboy Bebop)

Star Wars theme

The Godfather theme

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly theme

The Lord of the Rings theme

The Pink Panther theme

Titanic theme ('My Heart Will Go On' by Celine Dion)

Classical Lessons

Brahms' Lullaby

Here Comes the Bride (Bridal Chorus)

Minuet in G (Bach)

Nearer, My God, to Thee

New World Symphony (Dvorak)

Ode to Joy (Beethoven)

Swan Lake theme (Tchaikovsky)

Harmonica Lessons for Kids

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Lesson 1 (train sounds, part 1)
Lesson 2 (train sounds, part 2)
Lesson 3 (high and low notes)
Lesson 4 (scales & melody)
Lesson 5 (feeling the beat)
Lesson 6 (the shakes)
Lesson 7 (Barney Song, part 1)
Lesson 8 (Barney Song, part 2)
Lesson 9 (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, part 1)
Lesson 10 (Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, part 2)

Christmas Lessons

Auld Lang Syne

Blue Christmas (Elvis Presley)

Feliz Navidad (I Wanna Wish You A Merry Christmas)

Frosty the Snowman

Good King Wenceslas

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Jingle Bell Rock

Jingle Bells

Joy to the World

Last Christmas (Wham!)

Lonely This Christmas (Mud)

Mary's Boy Child (Boney M)

Merry Christmas Everyone

O Holy Night

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Silent Night

The First Noel

The Holly & The Ivy

The Little Drummer Boy

The Twelve Days of Christmas

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

White Christmas

Other Genres

Amazing Grace in three positions

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Battle Hymn of the Republic

Frère Jacques

Glory Box (Portishead)

Gypsy jazz lick

Happy Birthday to You

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

Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles)

I'll Fly Away (hymn)

I'm a Little Teapot

I Feel Good / I Got You (James Brown)

Jambalaya (On the Bayou)


Nearer, My God, to Thee

New York, New York (Frank Sinatra)

No Woman No Cry (Bob Marley)

Oh! Susanna

One Love (Bob Marley & the Wailers)

Row Row Row Your Boat

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana)

The Girl from Ipanema

The Last Post

The Star-Spangled Banner

What a Wonderful World

When The Saints Go Marching In

You Are My Sunshine

You Raise Me Up (Josh Groban)

Technique Lessons

Bending: rhythmic vs. melodic bends

Breathing: how to balance air

Drone notes: playing 'bagpipes-harmonica'

Easiest harmonica for bending

Glissando (rips)

High notes: how to make them work

Holding the harmonica: proper technique

How to play harmonica fast (3 top tips)

How to play octaves on harmonica

How to tongue block

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

Tongue blocking vs puckering

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?

What are positions? (1st, 2nd, 3rd etc.)

'Why do my bends sound so bad?'

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

20 top blow bend practice licks


Adam Gussow: Part 1

Adam Gussow: Part 2

Brendan Power: Part 1

Brendan Power: Part 2

Buddy Greene

Carlos del Junco

Charlie McCoy

Christelle Berthon

Corky Siegel

David Barrett: Part 1

David Barrett: Part 2

David Barrett: Part 3

David Barrett: Part 4

David Barrett: Part 5

Dennis Gruenling

Giles Robson

Grant Dermody

Greg Miller

Howard Levy

Joe Filisko: Part 1

Joe Filisko: Part 2

Joe Filisko: Part 3

Joe Filisko: Part 4

John Popper

Lee Oskar: Part 1

Lee Oskar: Part 2

Les Stroud (Survivorman)

Magic Dick (J Geils Band)

Mark Hummel

Mickey Raphael

Paul Lamb

Rick Estrin: Part 1

Rick Estrin: Part 2

Rick Estrin: Part 3

Rob Paparozzi

Roly Platt

Ronnie Shellist

Steve 'West' Weston

Tomlin Leckie: Part 1

Tomlin Leckie: Part 2

Watermelon Slim

Will Wilde

Winslow Yerxa

Reviews & Demos

Battle Plan microphone clips

Fat Tone custom tube amp build (part 1)

Fat Tone custom tube amp build (part 2)

Fat Tone custom tube amp build (part 3)

Fat Tone 'Fat Box' pre-amp

Harp Wah 'harmonica mute' demo

Kongsheng Solist: review and demo

Low Low Seydel Classic harmonica demo

Perfect harmonica tuning - has this guy got it right?

Silverfish Silver Bullet mic demo

Silverfish 'switchable element' mic demo

Sugar Cain pre-war harmonica review

Care & Repair


Inside a harmonica repair workshop (with John Cook)

How to clean a harmonica (full 25 minute demo)

How to clean a harmonica (2 minute quick guide)

Making harmonicas from scratch

Re-tuning a reed

Reed rattle fixes

Random Lessons

Beyond the blues scale: adding contrast to your playing

Critique of my first ever harmonica solo

Deliberate practice

Dry lips fixes

How does the circle of fifths work?

Is harmonica easy to learn?

Make your harmonica speak!

Metronomes: why you need one

Music theory in 16 minutes

Note layout: quick guide

Should I learn to read music?

Subtitles and translations: free album giveaway

Top 5 tips for beginners

Tremolo vs. diatonic (Comparing different types of harmonica)

Uncomfortable key challenge

Warning: Harmonica is hard!

What kind of harmonica should I buy?

What's in my gig case?

#1 beginner harmonica mistake to avoid

5 top tips for playing with a singer

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

Natural Minor Harmonica Lessons

Nat. Minor Lesson 1: Note layout

Nat. Minor Lesson 2: Blues

Nat. Minor Lesson 3: Reggae, funk, hip-hop & Latin

Nat. Minor Lesson 4: Bending

Nat. Minor Lesson 5: 'Summertime' play-along lesson

Nat. Minor Lesson 6: 'Black Magic Woman' play-along lesson

Nat. Minor Lesson 7: 'Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)' play-along lesson

Nat. Minor Lesson 8: 'Comin' Home Baby' play-along lesson