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Play The Harmonica The Easy Way

Updated on September 11, 2014

My mother gave me this book with a harmonica in it for Christmas several years ago and I just loved it. I busted the harmonica out of the box and opened the guide book immediately. She giggled as I tried to figure out where to match up the notes to the song page that I had turned to. I believe the first song I tried out was "When The Saints Go Marching In." It will take a lot of practice for me to play fluidly without a cheat sheet, but so far it has just been noisy fun.

I love old classic folks songs and the harmonica is a great way to play them without having a lot of equipment to drag around with you. It fits easily into pocket or purse and can be taken anywhere. I think that this would be a great way to introduce music to a child or a talented individual. Classic folk songs are a great way to get to know this or any instrument. I would love to learn songs like "You Are My Sunshine", "Red River Valley" and "Oh, Suzannah!" These would all be great ways to practice playing. Wouldn't they be wonderful to share around a campfire?

Although folk songs are my favorites, musical artists like Alanis Morrisette and Neil Young have made harmonica riffs part of their music. Blues is filled with it, too. There are many ways to apply harmonica music to any genre. Apply the beginning lessons to your practice sessions to let you graduate to more complicated music later.

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Harmonica Lesson Videos

Videos are often a great way to learn anything, harmonica playing included. Mitch Grangier has been teaching harmonica lessons for over 15 years and delivers detailed information with his video instructions.

Follow along with the lessons after you enjoy a few moments from Carnegie Hall with Buddy Green and his harmonica antics. (Thank you lensmaster PaigSR for sharing this video link!)

Buddy Greene at Carnegie Hall

Step by Step Harmonica Lessons - Lesson 1

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      Sure Temp 

      4 years ago

      would like to play

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Chip_Westley: Thanks Chip! Portable is good. I like that it can fit right in my guitar case, too. =) Happy Holidays and thank you for your visit! =)

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      Chip_Westley 

      4 years ago

      Seems like something that would be great to take to long hikes or camping trips. Enjoyed reading your lens.

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @DebMartin: The simpler you make the learning process, the better off you are. Using these basic lessons helped make it fun! Appreciate the visit, Deb! =)

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      DebMartin 

      4 years ago

      I've got several harmonica's just sitting around. Never learned to play them. Must try this. Thanks.

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @esmonaco: It would certainly fit into your pocket more comfortably. =) I am willing to bet that you will play well, quickly. Thank you for your visit!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 

      4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Very nice review, I used to play the trumpet a long time ago. Perhaps I should give the harmonica a try.

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @GrammieOlivia: I have a few friends that can play quite well. It is a joy to hear them. Thanks for your visit, Grammieo!

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      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @SusanDeppner: Thanks, Susan! This is a great reminder for me to dust that kit off and use it! I had a lot of fun with it. Tip: Wait until you have the home to yourself to practice so you don't make your family members crazy. When you can play a small line or two from a song, then sharing is recommended.

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Funny, just yesterday I was thinking it would be fun to have a harmonica. With your encouragement, the videos, and the cool lessons, maybe I could actually play it! Loved your review!

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      GrammieOlivia 

      4 years ago

      I can't play it worth a darn, but my mother can! Don't know what happened to the family harmonica at this point!

    • MBurgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @Ruthi: You are welcome, Ms. Ruthi. =) That does sound like a lot of fun! Appreciate your visit and comments. Happy Holidays!

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      What fun that you are learning to play the harmonica! I used to know a fellow who was great on harmonica and you have me reminiscing sitting by a fire with him playing me the tune When Sunny Gets Blue. Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

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      Maria Burgess 

      4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      @PaigSr: Anything we want to do takes practice. I need to get this out again, now that I jotted down this story. Thank you for the visit, PaigSr! =) Happy Holidays!

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      PaigSr 

      4 years ago from State of Confusion

      I have been playing for a while. Not very well though. And the hardest part is do I blow out or inhale to get those notes.

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