"Home on the Range"- Another good beginners song. If you have problems getting the high notes to come out clearly, see this linked breathing info for correctly playing high draw notes as well as the problematic hole 2 draw.
"Tabs" (or Tablature) defined- Tabs are a simplified way to notate harmonica solos, harmonica parts, melodies and songs, without having to formally read music. Directly below is an example of our tab system. Additional general info about "tabs" is found on the Songs & Tabs main page.
The Harmonica Lessons.com "tab" system.
Playing problems for songs with high notes- If you are having problems with the high blow and draw notes on holes 7-10, check out the Breathing section for info on how to correct the problem. Generally speaking, songs with a lot of high notes will sound better on lower keyed diatonic harmonicas like the keys of "G" and "A". These can be purchased through the Buy Harmonicas page at our Store.
Start with the "Major Scale" or "Mary Had a Little Lamb"- If you find this song difficult, pick a very simple song (or better yet, the "Major Scale") and slowly read and play through it 3-5 times to get a feel for the melody. We're not going for perfection yet, we just want the melody to be recognizable.
Commit it to memory- Once you've accomplished the above, look away from the song and then try to do it from memory. When you have committed it to memory, slow down and focus on your basic techniques. Play it correctly as many times as you can before moving on.
Additional songs are available in the Songs & Tabs section. The "Kids Songs", "Holiday Songs", and "Folk/Campfire" are especially good for those just starting out. Gain access to many more songs in the Members Area.
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