Billy Joel - Piano man Harmonica
Billy Joel Harmonica Lesson
Hi guys, Billy Joel fans and fellow harmonica players/learners, This is one song which I found particularly easy to pick up, it's a great song and the Youtube video is also especially artistic because it has actors in a bar 'playing the character's' he talks about in his lyrics.
Please excuse the fact that my tutorial video is no longer present, I started a new Youtube channel and accidentally deleted my old one, I will get around to filming me playing in the future, for now I have left the tab for you to practice.
This song is a representation of Billy's previous employment at a Lounge Bar in Los Angeles, and how he comforted other's at the bar and allowed them to escape from their 9-5 jobs, giving them hope to pursue their life's dreams.
Above is a photo of Billy Joel in concert during recent years, he obviously still has the energy he had when he release 'Piano man' in 1973, which is considered his hit song. Without further ado, here is the tab for the chord's played during the beginning of the song and it is played in a key of 'C':
567 -567 567
-56 56 -56 56
45 - 56 56 - 56
567 -567 567
-56 56 -56 56
34 -45 45
Its' NINE o'Clock on a Saturday..
And that's basically it, remember that the minus symbol means draw and that two or more numbers together means you play them at the same time(chords) Try to practice until you can play it rather fast and add a little vibrato if you've learnt that, its basically giving the end of the harmonica a little shake while its in your mouth.
That's the end for this lesson, I hope you found it helpful or entertaining, I didn't want to digress into all information about Billy Joel's history and different albums, because lets face it, if you've found this page you're either looking for tips on playing the harmonica or your a big Billy Joel fan looking for something different about him, not pages with statistics you probably have already seen on a ton of other similar pages. I apologise, I think something went wrong with the webcam halfway through and the audio doesn't stay in time with the video, so you can still see me playing and the audios already reached the part where I'm talking!
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