Re: Neil Young Tabs (& Dylan, Springsteen, etc)

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Posted by Webmaster- Harmonica on May 21, 2001 at 01:24:27:

In Reply to: Neil Young Tabs posted by neilharpblues on May 19, 2001 at 10:31:33:

From our ONE LINER TIPS page-

"Don't be intimidated by by your favorite harmonica playing. Some recorded harmonica is difficult and complex; it could be years before you can approach this kind of playing. But much of recorded harmonica isn't. Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Billy Joel, etc., are great musicians but are not expert harmonica players. You do not have to be a technical expert on harmonica to make good music.

The above mentioned musicians (Dylan, Neil Young, etc.) predominately blow and draw in the middle of the harmonica and "fake" a little bending, nothing fancy. It's not tough, you can do it too. Use the CDs Keyed section on this site to determine the key of harmonica that is played on a favorite song of yours. Play along to the song with the same key harmonica that was originally used. You can play what they played, really. By doing this you will: become more familar with the harmonica, be able to make your own "tabs", make your ear better for learning music, and demonstrate that not everything ever recorded is difficult to play. The more you do this, the easier it gets."

I hope this helps. I don't think there is a single person that visits this site that could not tab out Neil Young and the other people mentioned above. The real trick is to have the same key harmonica as on the original recording.

Let us know how it goes,

Webmaster- Harmonica

P.S. There is a Dylan tab book available through our Store, but you can do it yourself, really.

: Oh no not again, you're probably thinking. But I bought my first harp yesterday and cannot find anything anywhere on the web with tabs for Neil Young harp solos EXCEPT Heart of Gold (and one for Harvest Moon which didn't really sound right to my untrained ear).

: I read the note on this site about the legality/copyright problems with TABs. But the fact is that guitar tabs do exist for Neil's stuff - at Hyperrust etc - and much of it sounds better than the songbook stuff. But only HoGold for harmonica.

: Yet everywhere you see posts like mine asking for Neil tabs.

: What I want to be able to do is play harp bits to go with Ambulance Blues and Motion Pictures on guitar, Mellow My Mind on piano etc etc.

: So can anyone help? I'm quite happy to pay a modest amount if that's the issue. I don't want just the song melody - which I guess I can work out from the songbook sheet music - but the actual harp parts or approximations of them. I'd even be happy to try to start a web page up so you harp experts don't have to put up with these regular bleatings from people like me about the lack of Neil stuff. But I need some offerings to put on it.

: The only thing I can offer at the mo in exchange is the melody for Borrowed Tune which I worked out and I think goes: 6B 6B 5D 5B 4B 4D 4D
: 5D 5D 5B 4B 3B (repeat ad nauseam - it doesn't cover the 'F' note as in Rolling Stones 'cos that isn't on my C harmonica.)

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