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"Major Scale"

Welcome to the Beginning Level songs section. Many more songs are available in the Songs & Tabs section. The songs in the Kids section are especially good for those just starting out.



"The Major Scale"- Before you even attempt your first melody, the best place to start to practice clean single notes is on the major scale (your basic "do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do"). Remember to move the harmonica and not your head when you move from hole to hole (watch yourself in a mirror to check).

major scale

AUDIO: "Major Scale Example"



Major Scale done in two tempos on "C" diatonic.


  • "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
    The Harmonica Lessons.com "tab" system.


  • Commit it to memory- Once you've played through the song 3-5 times, 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.





SAMPLE VIDEO:  Harmonica Lessons for Beginners
A simple playing tip to speed up your movement and add accuracy in single notes.
In this excerpt, Dave discusses some of the reasons for playing in either 1st Position or 2nd Position.




SAMPLE VIDEO:  Advanced Harmonica Lessons
Dave explains how the concept of "Follow Through", as found in many sports, also applies directly to your breathing and airflow.
Learn 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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