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The general music theory presented here (left column) is applicable to all instruments and not just the harmonica. The harmonica theory, concepts, and instruction (right column) presented are specific for this instrument. Members gain access to all of the topics in both boxes below.



SAMPLE VIDEO:  Harmonica Lessons for 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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Music Theory
Common Musical Terms

Piano Layout

Making Scales

Circle of 5ths (Positions)

Straight vs. Shuffle 1/8 notes






Harmonica Theory
Harmonica Terms

Playing Positions Defined

Positions Chart (for all 12 harmonica keys)

Song to Harmonica Key Chart

"Interactive" Table- Harmonica Key/Positions

Hole/Note Layouts (12 keys)

How to "Key" a Song

Ways to Play in Minor Keys

Different Approaches to Soloing


  • "Music Theory" section- The general music theory presented here is applicable to all instruments and not just the harmonica. Increasing your knowledge of music and theory will help you to understand why some musical ideas work well and others don't. This understanding also allows you to communicate your musical thoughts with players of all instruments.

  • "Harmonica Theory" section- The harmonica theory, concepts, and instruction presented are specific for this instrument. Some of these topics will overlap with other sections of the site like the Basic Blues Improv section, but they found their home here.

  • Why so many Harmonica/Position charts? - The "Positions Chart (for all 12 harmonica keys)", "Song to Harmonica Key Chart", and "Interactive Table- Harmonica Key/Positions" pages all have roughly the same information, but from a different perspective. Use whichever makes the most sense to you.

  • Common Musical Terms and Harmonica Terms- These two links will take you directly to the Terms & Definitions section where all these are defined. You'll be surprised how much you can learn about the world of harmonica and music by just reading through this section.








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