How to Play Familiar Tunes in the Middle Register of the Harmonica
Good Night, Ladies
Playing the first several notes in Good Night, Ladies allows you to practice two important skills:
Sliding to a neighboring hole on the same breath. (Remember to use a single breath for this series of blow notes.)
Making simultaneous breath and hole changes.
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
The Civil War-era spiritual Michael, Row the Boat Ashore, lets you practice sliding between Holes 4, 5, and 6 on the blow notes and then ends with a series of scalewise moves (notes that move to a series of neighboring notes in the scale) from Draw 5 back to Blow 4.
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary Had a Little Lamb starts right in with combined hole and breath changes.
Try stringing Good Night, Ladies and Mary Had a Little Lamb into one long tune. They fit together, so you’ll have your first medley!
The words and music for Amazing Grace existed independently before they were united in 1835, and together they’ve become one of the world’s best-loved hymns. Here, you see the tune played in the key of F on a C-harmonica (this is called 12th position).
The melody to Amazing Grace exists in many different versions. The one you listen to here may not be the one you are familiar with. When you’re familiar with playing this version, you can change it to match other versions if you like.