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"12 Bar Blues Boogie"

The songs and tabs on this website are samples from Dave Gage's HarmonicaLessons.com and range in level from beginning to intermediate. This song tab below is designed for a standard ten-hole diatonic harmonica (click here to buy one), which are also sometimes referred to as a bluesharp or short harp.

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12-bar blues in text tab
AUDIO: "12-Bar Blues Boogie"

Audio example available in HarmonicaLessons.com Members Area. More Info

  • "12-Bar Blues Boogie" playing tips- A simple boogie bassline melody which rhythmically consists of all quarter-notes (one note for every foot tap). The bends will make this a difficult, but great, bending practice song. You will notice that bends on holes 2, 3, and 4 draw are all present in the melody. Spend some time working on your bending before attempting the song.

  • Difficulty with 2D- If you are having trouble with the low draw notes (i.e. 2 Draw sounds bad [flat] or seems to leak a lot of air), check out the HarmonicaLesssons.com Breathing section for info on how to correct the problem. If you continue to have problems with 2D, you may substitute the 3B (hole 3 Blow) any time you see a "2D".

  • "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.

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

  • Master Song and Tab List- This song is a sample from our main website, Harmonica Lessons.com. Click here to view the Master Song and Tab list which shows all the tabs available in our Harmonica Lessons.com Members Area.



Watch a "Full-Length Live Harmonica Class"

Video: "Playing Critiques IV" (Archive #74)
  • This is an example of Dave Gage's HarmonicaLessons.com "Participation" classes where members can interact in real time.

  • The other HarmonicaLessons.com class type is a topic or lecture class. Topic classes include: "Vertical Slot Single Notes", "Bending I, II, III", "Breathing: Lessons I, II", "Tongue Blocking", "Beginning Jamming", "Country Harmonica", "Chugging", "12-Bar Blues". View a complete:
    List of Archived Class Videos (with descriptions).

  • Take a look at the current Schedule for Online Classes page.

  • Member Benefits:- 75 Full-Length Classes -- Over 2500 minutes of Video Instruction (40+ hrs) -- Attend "Live Online Classes" (3-Every-week) -- Beginners thru Advanced -- Learn 24/7 -- Review video lessons as many times as you want -- 1.5 to 2 hrs. of Video added each week.

  • Check current Membership Pricing.



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