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Picked up a HOHNER Blues, but struggling to find any Music by Numbers. So far, "She`ll be coming round the..."


Played with these things since i was kid, never really got far. My Old Man used to play it on the ships, Trawling for Fish. Any tips? Good links for learning? 1 - 10 on a C.



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Picked some info:

6 5 6 6 5 6

This old man, he played one

-6 6 -5 5 -4 5 -5

He played nick-nack on my thumb

5 -5 6 4 4 4 4

With a nick-nack, paddy-whack

4 -4 5 -5 6

Give your dog a bone

6 -4 -4 -5 5 -4 4

This old man came rolling home

So, what does this mean? It's simple, really. The absolute value of the number is the hole played. If it's positive, you blow into that hole. If it's negative, you suck (known as a 'draw') out from that hole. That's all there is to it! Just blow and draw according to the rhythm of the song and you've got it!

This is, of course, just the bare basics to harmonica playing. There are more difficult techniques to master, such as bends and 'wah's with your hands, but for simple, easy harmonicing, this is all you need!

Some tablature websites for your perusal:


Over 650 songs for the harmonica!

- http://www.harmonicacountry.com/

Another good site, with online lessons as well

- http://www.harmonicalessons.com/tabs.html

Not as many tabs, but still a nice site

Happy harmonicing!



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