How to Play Harmonica

With over 30 years as a teaching & harmonica playing pro, Dave Gage is an expert in harmonica and blues harp instruction -- beginner thru advanced levels.
Watch lesson videos and learn how to play harmonica. Then, take your questions and problems to a live online class with Dave for help and playing critiques.
Dave Gage 30 year teaching pro

- Attend up to 12 Live Classes per Month
- Over 45 Hours of Video Lessons

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SAMPLE VIDEO:  How to Play Harmonica - Beginners
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A simple playing tip to speed up your movement and add accuracy in single notes.
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Dave gives a general overview of what you can obtain from both diatonic and chromatic harmonicas in regards to harmonica chords.
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In this excerpt, Dave discusses some of the reasons for playing in either 1st Position or 2nd Position.
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This is an example of a live online class where members can interact in real time.

You've watched some YouTube videos, but you're just not getting better? Dave specializes in teaching the difficult aspects of harmonica playing that most beginners struggle with, namely . . . the Essential 4 Basic Techniques:

Single Notes | Hand Effects | Bending
and Breathing

Harmonica Classes- live, online Participate in live, online "interactive" harmonica lessons.
Classes for all levels, Q & A in real-time, critiques, FREE for members.
Learn fast with: Live, Online Harmonica Classes
Slideshow Image 2 Full-Length Harmonica Video Instruction -- Over 75 Archived Lessons !!
Beginners Learn: Techniques, Songs, & Blues Jamming
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Slideshow Image 3 Learn how to play harmonica. 600 Webpages of lessons, songs, riffs, tips.
Perfect for Beginners - 190 songs & tabs - Blues Harp Instruction.
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Slideshow Image 4 Basic/advanced techniques for all levels of harmonica players.
In-depth tutorials: Single Notes, Holding & Hand Effects,
Bending, Breathing | Sample the Website
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If you are a harmonica beginner or never played any instrument before, but are willing to devote time and energy, Dave will help you get as good as you want to get learning songs, jamming blues, rock, country, and much more.

- Learn to Play Songs
Jam Blues | Play with Friends

- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Lessons

SAMPLE VIDEO:  Advanced Harmonica Lessons
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Dave explains how the concept of "Follow Through", as found in many sports, also applies directly to your breathing and airflow.
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Dave explains the value of not just learning a scale up and down, but dividing it into smaller "bite-size" chunks, which can then be used as blues riffs.
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Dave demonstrates how you can use the "Tonguing" technique to create interesting sounds such as the "Chicken Call".
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Knowing the names of the notes is great for: learning scales, keying songs, reading music, and to play in different keys of music.

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Since 1999: In-depth technique lessons -- Over 45+ hours of Video Instruction -- Attend "Live Online Classes" (12 Every Month) -- Beginners thru Advanced -- Watch video tutorials as much as you want -- Log in 24/7 -- Learn blues harmonica riffs (blues harp) -- More about Member Benefits

Pro Instruction plus 15 Minutes Practice a Day
Have fun playing songs . . .
and learn how to jam with friends !!

It will take some playing and practice time on your part, but...
15 minutes a day will take a beginner to an intermediate level of playing within a month or two.

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VIDEO: Member Testimonials
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"Because of the online classes, I can now play in three positions, bend a few notes, play blues, and, bluegrass, and I'm beginning to have an instinct for learning new tunes by ear."
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"I've been attending the live online harmonica classes since I joined and do about 2 a week. I've made great improvement in my playing in the last 6 months."

VIDEO: Members Performing Live
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Mimi has been playing harmonica for about a year and has taken private and group lessons with Dave Gage.
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Hear him use both the 2nd Position Blues Scale and the Country Scales and lots of bent notes.
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Cary attends at least one harmonica class a week with Dave Gage. He has gained the skill and confidence in his playing in less than a year to jam with numerous bands.

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Member & website contributor Marc Silverstein, does a medley of some of his most popular renditions of Ragtime music. Recorded live at the Sacramento Jazz Festival May 2011.
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Bluegrass style harmonica played in 3rd Position on a key of "C" diatonic in "D minor".
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This song is in the key of "G" and Brody age 9, is playing on a key of "C" diatonic and using the 2nd Position Country Scale to jam along in "G".

DAVE GAGE MUSIC VIDEOS:  Rock/Blues Instrumentals
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"Harmonica Solos" from the Dave Gage Band CD, "Love You Just The Same".
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The full title song from GAGE Band CD released in 2000. Watch more Dave Gage videos.
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Dave at a Rock-Blues jam soloing on 12-bar blues in "A" on a "D" diatonic. From 1991.
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Played in the key of "A" on a standard key of "D" diatonic in 2nd Position and on a re-tuned B diatonic in 3rd Position.

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MORE SAMPLE VIDEO: Harmonica Note Bending Tips
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The hole 1 Draw bend is the easiest on the harmonica for many people, but not for everyone. Dave's tips include: learn to control the angle of the airflow.
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Dave's tips include: Don't try too hard, stay relaxed, let the bent note drop down in your body to belt level. Try NOT to tighten or suck with your lips.
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Dave shows how using a very common 2nd Position blues riff, becomes an excellent drill for honing your 2 Draw blues bending.
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