Jack's Harmonica Songbook

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Harmonicas are the most inexpensive and versatile instrument for those of us without musical ability or talent. If they sit in the drawer, you're not out a whole lot. Once you learn to play the harmonica, it can be pleasant.

Harmonicas are promoted as easy to play. That's not quite true. Learning something you haven't done before is never easy. It takes practice, 'tabs', practice, notes, practice, timing, practice and more practice. And practice is the hardest - doing it on a regular basis.

Harmonica books are not all that helpful. They assume allot. Most of the instruction is in 'bending', 'overblowing' and 'cross' harp playing - all related to blues and jazz. I'd be satisfied just to get a recognizable tune out of it! The introductory booklet that comes with most Hohner Harmonicas is actually quite good, carefully study it.

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  • Jack's Chromatic Harmonica Songbook Tom Dooley 3 3 3 -3 4 6 6 Hang down your head, Tom Doo-ley, 3 3 3 -3 4 -5 Hang down your head, and cry, 3 3 3 -3 4 -5 -5 Hang down your head, Tom Doo-ley, 6 -5 5 -3 3-3 4 Poor boy you're bound t-o die.
  • Start by marking “The Pocket Harmonica Songbook” as Want to Read. Jack Saalweachter marked it as to-read Jun 24, 2012. Katelyn Bridges added it May 18, 2013. 41bja added it Jun 12, 2015. Possibility added it Aug 09, 2015. Madalyn added it Feb 24, 2017.
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Reading music is not necessary to play a harmonica. Harmonica tablature, 'tabs', indicates which hole, 1 to 10, to blow or draw through. So, follow the numbers, work on the timing a bit, and fairly soon the tune will be recognizable. You will also soon realize that you should be exercising more - you, not the harmonica - 10 draw notes in a row are the worst!

A listing compiled by Debbie (TheHarper) Hamper Temple

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Harmonica Books

101 Popular Harmonica Solos & How to Play Them

Charles Hansen Educational Music and Books, 1970

Play Harmonica Like Jerry Murad

Robbins Music Corp., 1963

Adler, Larry

Larry Adler Harmonica Favorites

Robbins Music Corporation, 1943

Baker, Steve

The Harp Handbook

Edition Louis Hermann Demmler, 1991, ISBN: 3-9802891-0-9

Barrett, David

Blues Harp - Method, Solos, Techniques - Music Pocketbook

Mel Bay, 1997, ISBN: 0-7866-2455-8

Barrett, David

Building Harmonica Technique

Mel Bay, 1994, ISBN: 0-7866-0002-0

Bauer, Bob

Pop Standards for Diatonic & Chord Harmonicas

MCA/Mills

Bay, Bill

Harmonica Pocket Companion

Mel Bay, 1983

Bay, Bill

Mel Bay’s Fun With the Harmonica

Mel Bay, 1976

Bay, William

Mel Bay’s Children’s Harmonica Method for Individual or Group Instruction

Mel Bay, 1985

Bay, William

Mel Bay’s Easiest Harmonica Book

Mel Bay, 1990, ISBN: 0-87166-982-X

Bay, William

Mel Bay’s Harmonica Handbook

Mel Bay, 1987, ISBN: 0-87166-293-0

Berthiaume, Robert

The Bass Harmonica: An Instruction Manual

Arby Publishing House, 1984

Berthiaume, Robert

The Bass Harmonica: Book II Intermediate - Advanced

Arby Publishing House, 1985

Buffalo, Norton

Harmonica Power: Norton Buffalo’s Blues Harp Techniques

Homespun Tapes, 1995

Byrne, Patrick

Instant Harmonica

Hal Leonard Publishing, 1975

Dicey, Bill

Bill Dicey’s Tips and Tricks for Blues Harmonica

1988 - cass

Deiro, Pietro

57 Harmonicas

Charles Hansen, 1975

Duncan, Phil

Complete Chromatic Harmonica Method

Mel Bay Publications, 1983

Duncan, Phil

Gospel Harp

Mel Bay Publications, 1995, ISBN: 0-7866-0177-9

Duncan, Phil

Great Hits for Harmonica

Mel Bay Publications, 1996, ISBN: 0-7866-0328-3

Duncan, Phil

Harmonica Classics

Mel Bay Publications, 1985

Duncan, Phil

Harmonicare Chart for Chromatic and Diatonic

Mel Bay Publications, 1992, ISBN: 1-56222-351-8

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay’s Deluxe Harmonica Method

Mel Bay, 1981, ISBN: 1-87166-382-1

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay’s Deluxe Harmonica Method VIDEO

Mel Bay, 1994, ISBN: 0-7866-0182-5

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay’s Complete Harmonica Book

Mel Bay Publications, 1992, ISBN: 1-56222-280-5

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay’s Easiest Blues Harp Book

Mel Bay, 1991, ISBN: 1-56222-303-8

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay’s Hymns for the Harmonica - Diatonic, Cross-Harp, Chromatic

Mel Bay, 1982, ISBN: 1-56222-303-8

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay Presents Bluegrass & Country Music for Harmonica –Diatonic, Cross-Harp, Chromatic

Mel Bay Publications, 1984

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay Presents Blues Harp for Diatonic and Chromatic Harmonica

Mel Bay, 1982

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay Presents Christmas Songs for Harmonica

Mel Bay, 1994, ISBN: 0-7866-0126-4

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay Presents Chromatic Harmonica Solos

Mel Bay, 1996, ISBN: 0-7866-0327-5

Duncan, Phil

Mel Bay Presents Jazz Harp for Diatonic and Chromatic Harmonica

Mel Bay, 1985

Duncan, Phil

You Can Teach Yourself Blues Harp Book

Mel Bay, 1992, ISBN: 1-56222-309-7

Feldstein, Sandy

Blowin the Blues Away

CPP/Belwin, Inc., 1991 ISBN: 0-29156-04886-5

Field, Kim

Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers

Gamse, Albert

The Best Harmonica Method---Yet! For ALL Diatonic and Chromatic Harmonicas

Lewis Music Publishing Company, Inc., 1971.

Gindick, Jon

Country & Blues Harmonica for the Musically Hopeless

Klutz Press, 1984

Gindick, Jon

Harmonica Americana

Cross Harp Press, 1995

Gindick, Jon

The Natural Blues & Country Western Harmonica

Cross Harp Press, 1979

Gindick, Jon

Rock N’ Blues Harmonica

Cross Harp Press, 1982 ISBN: 0-930948-02-5

Gindick, Jon

Play Blues & Country Harmonica Overnight VIDEO

Thane Marketing Int., 1995, ISBN: 1-8848874-00-2

Glover, Tony

Blues Harp

Oak Publications,

Glover, Tony

Blues Harp Songbook

Oak Publications, 1975, ISBN: 0-8256-0157-6

Glover, Tony

Rock Harp

Oak Publications,

Harp, David

Bending the Blues

Musical i Press,

Harp, David

Country & Western Harmonica

Musical i Press, 1991 ISBN: 0-918321-94-8

Harp, David

Instant Chromatic Harmonica: The Blues/Jazz Improvisation Method

Musical i Press, 1991, ISBN: 0-918321-90-5

Harp, David

The Pocket Harmonica Songbook

Musical i Press, 1993, ISBN: 0-918321-97-2

Harp, David

Music Theory Made Easy

Musical i Press, 1994

Harris, J. 'Foghorn'

Creative Blues Harp for All Ten Hole Diatonic Harmonicas

Creative Concepts Publishing Corp, 1995, ISBN: 1-56922-064-6

Heaps-Nelson, George & Barbara McClintock Koehler

Mel Bay’d Folk & Blues Harmonica Instruction Manual (Same as the next entry) w/ cassette of the tunes.

Mel Bay, 1976

Heaps-Nelson, George & Barbara McClintock Koehler

You Can Teach Yourself Harmonica

Mel Bay, 1989, ISBN: 0-87166-264-7

Holman, Bobby Joe

Play Harmonica in 1 Hour VIDEO

Hal Leonard, ISBN: 0-7935-3781-9

Hunter, Richard

Jazz Harp

Oak Publications, 1980

Jeffries, Susan

How to Play Harmonica Today

Hansen House, 1972

Jones, Rod

How to Play the Harmonica, Autoharp, Melodica

Shinn Music Aids, 1975, ISBN: 0-912732-06-7

Leighton, Hal

How to Play the Harmonica for Fun and Profit

Wilshire Book Company, 1968

Levy, Howard

New Directions for Harmonica, Expanding Your Technique VIDEO

Homespun Tapes, 1992

Little, Larry

Learn Harmonica on VCR, Vol. 1 (diatonic) VIDEO

ISBN: 1-884208-04-5

Manus, Steve

How to Play the Harmonica: Diatonic or Chromatic

Alfred Publishing Co., 1980

Manus, Steve

Learn to Play the Alfred Way Harmonica Chromatic and Diatonic Blues, Country, Folk, Rock

Alfred Publishing Co., 1975

Marcos

How to Play the Harmonica Instantly - VIDEO

Harmonica Music Pub., 1988

Marcos

How to Play the Harmonica Instantly: Blues I, Intermediate II - VIDEO

Harmonica Music Pub., 1988

Marcos

How to Play the Harmonica Instantly: Country & Western VIDEO

Harmonica Music Pub., 1988

Marek, Jack

100 Harmonica Super Gold (Super Gold No. 6)

Screen Gems, 1975

Mel Bay

Anyone Can Play Harmonica - VIDEO

Mel Bay, 1988, ISBN: 0-87166-176-4

Mel Bay

Chromatic Harmonica - Instruction, Songs, Solos - Music Pocketbook

Mel Bay, 1997, ISBN: 0-7866-2456-6

Mel Bay

Harmonica - Instruction, Songs, Solos - Music Pocketbook

Mel Bay, 1980, ISBN: 0-87166-546-8

Morgan, Tommy

Blues Harmonica

Alfred Publishing Co., 1987

Morgan, Tommy

Chromatic Harmonica

Alfred Publishing Co., 1987

Musial, Stan

Stan Musial Plays the Harmonica

Mel Bay, 1994

Paskas, Andy

Big Three’s Harmonica Series No. 2 Fantastic Hits

Big 3 Music Corp., 1974

Schackner, Alan 'Blackie'

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Blues Harp & Marine Band But Didn’t Know Who To Ask

Warner Bros. Publications

Schackner, Alan 'Blackie'

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Chromatic Harmonica But Didn’t Know Who To Ask

Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp, 1983

Schackner, Alan 'Blackie'

Harmonica Heaven

Warner Brothers Publications, 1973

Schackner, Alan 'Blackie'

25 Popular Tunes for the One-Inch~4Hole Mini-Harp

Farrell Co.

Sears, Jerry

Bob Dylan’s Songs for Harmonica and Guitar

Warner Brothers Publications, 1964

Sears, Jerry

Folk Songs of Today for Harmonica and Guitar

Warner Brothers Publications, 1965

Sears, Jerry

Let’s Play the Harmonica - A Method and Collection

Warner Brothers Publications, 1964

Sebastian, John

John Sebastian Teach Blues Harmonica - VIDEO

Homespun Tapes, 1992

Silverman, Jerry

Folk Harmonica-60 Favorite Folk Songs Arranged for Harmonica

Chappell/Intersong (Hal Leonard Publishing Co.), 1974

Simpson & Smith

Reeds of a Feather

1995

Smith, Al

Chugger Lingo 1 w/ cassette instruction tape

1987

Steelman, Sharon & Ray

Harmonica 101…A Harmonica Instruction Book for the Absolute Beginner

ISBN: 0-9648948-1-5

Steelman, Sharon & Ray

Learn to Play the Harmonica Nashville Style

ISBN: 0-9647180-0-6

Tate, Douglas

Play the Harmonica Well

1995

Tate, Douglas

Make Your Harmonica Play Well

1996

Terry, Sonny

The Harp Styles of Sonny Terry

Oak Publications, 1975

Not Harp, but good source books anyway.

Berle, Arnie

How to Create and Develop a Jazz Sax Solo

Mel Bay, 1983, ISBN: 1-56222-088-8

Schenkel, Steven M.

The Tools of Jazz

Prentice Hall, 1983,

ISBN:0-13-925172-3

Classical Harmonica Compositions.

Jack's Harmonica Songbook

Arnold, Malcolm

Harmonica Concerto, Opus 46

Paterson’s Publications Ltd

Milhaud, Darius

Suite Anglaise, for Harmonica and Orchestra

Boosey & Hawkes

Tate, Phyllis

Apparitions, A ballad Sequence for Tenor, Harmonica, String Quartet and Piano

Oxford University Press, 1972?

Williams, R. Vaughn

Romance for Harmonica

Oxford University Press, 1953

Not Available

(Which means I found a reference to them but couldn’t lay my hands on a copy.)

Jack's Giant Harmonica Songbook

Duncan, Phil

Nashville Country Harmonica

Mel Bay

Adler, Larry

Me and My Big Mouth

Harp, David

Make Me Musical: Instant Harmonica for Kids

musical i press

Schackner, Alan 'Blackie'

The Complete Book of Chromatic and Diatonic 'State of the Art' Repairs

Warner?

Howell, Ken and Steve Jennings

The Practical Harmonica Player

Mel Bay?

Reilly, Tommy and James Moody

The Tommy Reilly Harmonica Course

M. Hohner Lts., Londong, 1969. MH777, reproduced and printed by Halstan & Co. Ltd. Amersham, Bucks, England

Harp, David

The Rut Breaker: Harmonica Positions

musical i press

Harp, David

Better Breathing Through Harmonica

musical i press

Gindick, Jon

The Robert Johnson Songbook

Gindick, Jon

Gospel Plow Harmonica

Gindick, Jon

First Note Harmonica for Children

Gindick, Jon

Great American Harmonica Music

Harp, David

David Harp’s Instant Blues Harmonica Vol. I & II

musical i press

Harp, David

Instant Rhythm Kit

musical i press

McCloskey, Scott

Rainbow Harmonica Instruction and Song Book

Hohner?

Delin, Louis

Backstage Harmonica

Barrett, David

Classic Chicago Blues Harp

Mel Bay

Barrett, David

William Clark/Serious Intentions

Mel Bay---sound recording

Michelsen, David

Blue Harmonica Classics

Mel Bay

Simons, Ted and Charles Leighton

An Introduction to the Jazz Style on the Chromatic Harmonica

Michelson, David

Dr. Midnight’s Blues Harp Songbook

Mel Bay

Carey Bell

Carey Bell/Deep Down

Mel Bay ---sound recording

Cotton, James and Charlie McCoy

Master Class

Oak Publications


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