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I just started trying to play the harmonica. I know it'll take some time, but you don't progress without pushing forward. This is the only place I have ever seen JJ Grey harp tabs. I'm sure it's well over my head at this point, but could you (Mr. harp tab creator) be so kind as to tab out something on JJ's Georgia Warhorse harp solo ? My band covers this song and our harp player just "moved on". I'd like to eventually be able to do the harp solo myself. 
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I'll see what I can come up with...

 

I haven't messed around with Harp Tabs nearly as much as I should be lately, but I do recall playing along with GW when the album came out.

 

First of all, the song is in the key of A, so you will need a D Harp to play it in Cross Harp.

 

Luckily for you that JJ doesn't bend or overblow much so just learning any of his stuff isn't as hard as others can be.  He plays alot like Sonny Terry which plays alot off of held notes and warbles. 

 

If you are messing around with it already, make sure you learn the basics of blues harp and playing cross harp or you will be lost for quite some time when just knowing what notes to draw and blow for certaqin aspects of a song or solo.  If I find the diagram that I use for it I'll post it up here so you can see what I am talking about.


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I started playing about a year ago and have gotten so much better.  You are right it is frustrating but bare with it.  I tried learning the tabs at first but found it easier for me to play it by ear and know the harp better.  The biggest two things for me that you need to do or learn is how to bend a note and get use to sliding up and down the harp.  That is basically what made me better.  Also carry it with you everywhere you go, its a great instrument to have on a road trip cause you can play to anything you listen to.  I once heard the harp is useless if you don't play something so play SOMETHING... Its the only way you will learn.  Try some youtube videos that helped me a little as well.  Good luck
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Thanks for the insight. If anyone has anything else, I'm all .....eye's, lol. I'll take any tips I can get.


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Also practice playing lying on your back, this helps you learn to use your diaphragm instead of only your lungs.  Also youtube stuff like beginner harmonica or blues harmonica.  Watch em closely and listen.
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Also practice playing lying on your back, this helps you learn to use your diaphragm instead of only your lungs.  Also youtube stuff like beginner harmonica or blues harmonica.  Watch em closely and listen.


Yup great advice follower.  That also helps to learn how to bend notes better by learning to utilize your diaphragm.  Learning how to bend is the hardest part about playing the Harmonica, but it's even harder when you only use your lungs.  Getting that out of the way early makes it much easier to bend notes and bend them on cue. 

Also, for the youtube stuff, you might wanna check out Ronnie Shellist.  I used his stuff a bunch when I started to play harp.  He has alot of good free stuff out there and then a website where you can purchase even more instructional stuff.  He is an amazing harp player and just as amazing instructor.  Definitely worth a look. 

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