Hot Harmonica How-Tos

How To: Play the harmonica in the key of G

In this video from pazzmanmusic we learn how to play the harmonica in the key of G. Draw on the 1, blow on the 2 and blow on the 3. Then draw on the 3. A bit of a bend draw. Then walk it down by drawing on the 2 and then drawing on the 1. Then he goes on to play a riff where he blows on the 1 and 4 holes and covers the 2 and 3 with his tongue.

How To: Play blues licks on harmonica

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn "Low Hanging Fruit" and other blues licks for the harmonica. This instructional video is directed specifically at advanced beginners and intermediates. This helpful how-to video contains some easy blues licks for the harmonica that you'll be playing in no time.

How To: Play octaves on a harmonica

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to play octaves on your harmonica. The split interval or octave technique is useful in all different kinds of harmonica playing. Harmonica players of all ability levels will find this instructional video helpful in learning how to play octaves on a harmonica.

How To: Bend and overblow notes on the harmonica

Learn how to bend and overblow notes on the harmonica with this tutorial. Note bending is a technique that is used to change the pitch of a note and reach notes that are not on the diatonic harmonica. Overblowing is a technique used to produce a different pitch by changing the direction of the wind. Watch this how to video and you can produce these techniques on the harmonica.

How To: Play a basic harmonica blues scale

Guitar Man demonstrates how to play a basic harmonica blues scale and how to bend a note on a harmonica. Playing a harmonica blues scale is really simple. You can play the blues scale with any G instrument. The blues scale is three blow, three blow, three inhale or suck, four blow, four suck, five suck and six blow. Then repeat the pattern in descending order. Follow the pattern to pick up blues harmonica really quickly. Practice the blues scale pattern and you'll eventually be able to improv...

How To: Play harmonica one hole at a time

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to play the harmonica one hole at a time. The instructions for the exercise in this how-to video are helpful for harmonica players of any level, and the exercise will help build your creativity. Start simple and then increase complexity. Playing the harmonica one hole at a time will be easy using the tips in this instructional video.

How To: Play Stormy Monday on the blues harp

Learn how to play Stormy Mondays on the blues harmonica with this tutorial. This lesson demonstrates how you can play this song using only simple bends. Stormy Monday is an easy song to play for beginner harmonica players. Watch this how to video and you will be able to play Stormy Monday on the blues harp.

How To: Play vibrato on the harmonica

This tutorial teaches you the style of playing harmonica with vibrato. Vibrato is a great way to add interest to your harmonica playing. An A harmonica is used for the lesson. With the tips from this video you should be able to play notes with vibrato on the harmonica.

How To: Play the harp riff from the Green Onions video

Check out this instructional harmonica video to learn how to play that harp riff in the Green Onions video. This tutorial uses the Lee Oskar harmonica in the Natural Minor tuning. But this technique is not very common and instead provides instruction using the Hohner Marine Band DeLuxe. Check out this video and practice some harp riff variations.

How To: Play in the high register of a harmonica

Wondering how to hit high notes on your harp? In this harmonica tutorial, you'll learn how to play using the upper register. While this tutorial is geared towards intermediate players, beginners are certain to walk away with something. For more, and to get started playing in the high register of your own harmonica, just press play!

How To: Play harmonica with additive techniques

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn how to play some exercises and build techniques on the harmonica. The instructions in this how-to video require a certain amount of knowledge of the harmonica, particularly how to hold it and how to hold your mouth, but this video is still helpful for beginners. This instructional video will help you play harmonica with additive techniques.

How To: Jam with the harmonica in E

Check out this instructional harmonica video to learn how to jam in E on the harmonica. This tutorial explains how to know what key you are playing in when playing in second position, or cross harp, in the key of E on the A. To play cross harp, you are playing the harmonica in a key other than the key in which the harmonica is labeled.

How To: Tune your harmonica to the key of A

Want to play Canned Heat's "On the Road Again" but your harmonica's in the wrong key? No problem: in this elaborate instructional video you'll learn how to tune your harmonica to the key of A by raising the pitch in draw hole 6. And remember: before attempting to adjust the tuning on your favorite harp, it might be wise to practice pitch adjustments on an old, used, broken or cheap harmonica.

How To: Learn to play the harmonica

Watch this harmonica tutorial video to learn about the philosophies of learning harmonica. The six categories are practice, listen to other people play the harmonica, listen to non-harmonica music, work on specifics, work on playing, and practice. The tips in this helpful instructional video will help you learn to play the harmonica better.

How To: Start out on the harmonica

In this video, we learn how to start out on the harmonica with Mike. When you start out learning, you will first need to learn the single notes that you will play on the harmonica. You should use a harmonica that you are comfortable with and that fits your mouth well. After you have learned how to play the single notes, then you can start to play the notes together. This will help you create different songs and different types of sounds when you are playing. Practice the notes a lot to learn ...

How To: Center the reed on your harmonica

In this clip, get some useful tips on how to center reeds on diatonic and chromatic harmonicas. The harmonica is a wonderful, bluesy instrument and in this clip you will get expert advice that will help you keep your instrument in tune at all times. By centering the reed you can ensure a perfect sound every time.

How To: Play the harmonica for fun

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to play the harmonica. The harmonica is a free reed wind instrument. Holes 1-3 are the chord holes. To play it, move it side to side. Holes 4-7 are the melody holes. The harmonica has keys of A-G. Do not blow too hard or the reeds in the harmonica can be damaged. Blow the bottom reeds by drawing in. Blow the top reeds by blowing out. To create a vibrato, enclose the harmonica in hands while moving one hand simultaneously. This video will benefit those...

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