Diatonic harmonica transcriptions

imageDiatonic Harmonica

Transcriptions of diatonic harmonica recordings


Full instructions are provided here

The following diatonic harmonica transcription files are available:
  • Note You need to download the Transcribe! software before you can use the download files (see 'Basic instructions' on the right). You can use the YouTube videos instead, but they don't allow you to loop or slow down the songs
  • Check the 'Diatonic tablature' on the right
Click the artist name to visit their website, click download to retrieve the transcription files

A harmonica

- 1st Position Blues (instr): Paul Lamb

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video
  • - Baby Scratch My Back (intro): Kim Wilson

  • >>> YouTube video (no download as copyright permission not yet received)
  • - Blue Adder: Mark Graham (instr)

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video
  • - Bright Lights, Big City: Jimmy Reed (solo)

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Choking Blues: Kyle Wooten (instr)

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - How Come You Women Look So Good: Rod Piazza

  • Intro: download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video
  • Solo 1: download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video
  • Solo 2: download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video
  • - Juke: Little Walter (instr)

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Louise: Sonny Terry (full)

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Sailor and the Maid: JJ Milteau - unaccompanied (instr)

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video

  • Bb harmonica

    - Help Me: Sonny Boy Williamson II

  • Intro download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • Solo download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Quarter To Twelve: Little Walter (instr)

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video

  • C harmonica

    - Bring Another Half Pint: Sonny Boy Williamson I

  • Intro: download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • Solo: download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Come On Everybody: Paul Lamb (solo)

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video

  • D harmonica

    - Checkin On My Baby: Junior Wells (solo)

  • >>> YouTube video (no download as copyright permission not yet received)
  • - Help Me: Rod Piazza (solo)

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video
  • - Hoodoo Man Blues: Junior Wells

  • Intro: download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • Solo: download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Walking By Myself: Walter Horton

  • Intro: download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • Solo: download (public domain) >>> YouTube video

  • F harmonica

    - If You Take Me Back: Big Joe and his Washboard Band (intro and verse)

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video

  • G harmonica

    - Doublecrossed and Blue: Steve Baker (instr)

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video

  • Song types

    intro = the harmonica intro on the song

    solo = the harmonica solo from the song

    instr = a full or part harmonica instrumental song

    full = full song


    Basic instructions

    • 1. Download the Transcribe! software (Note: there is a 30 day free trial, then you have to purchase, current cost $39)
    • 2. Download the song you want to learn from the left
    • 3. Open the Transcribe! file (.xsc) in the Transcribe! software
    • 4. Import the song downloaded (.mp3) into the Transcribe! software
    • Full instructions are provided here
    • Alternatively, you can use the YouTube videos, but they don't allow you to loop or slow down the songs

    Diatonic tablature

    Number, e.g. 4 = hole to be played

    Numbers grouped together, e.g. 45 or 123 = chord to be played

    b = blow

    d = draw

    1 = single bend, i.e. semi-tone bend

    2 = double bend, i.e. whole-tone bend

    3 = triple bend, i.e. 1-and-a-half whole-tone bend

    x3 or x4, etc. = play 3 or 4 times. You get the idea

    trill = rapidly playing between the two holes shown, e.g. "4d-5d trill"

    octave, e.g. 3-6b = play 3b and 6b with tongue blocking 4b and 5b

    gliss = glissando: quickly slide up or down harmonica, as shown

    vib = vibrato (there's various types, just play what you hear)


    Just play along with the transcription files: you'll soon get the hang of them!


    Disclaimer

    The transcriptions provided on this website are entirely my own work. They are not endorsed by the artists and they do not claim to be 100% accurate. They are to be used as a guide on what notes to play. The idea is to play the tablature shown in the marked sections along with the music within the Transcribe! file, copying the various effects and inflections applied by the harmonica player.
    Read the instructions.
    If you want to suggest amendments to the files, please Contact me.

    Note on copyright of songs

    The material on this website is for educational purposes only. The providing of mp3 recordings to this end is made under the principle of 'fair use'.
    Playing along with the original recordings is essential in using these transcriptions. Hence they are supplied along with the transcription files. To minimise the impact of potential copyright issues only the harmonica solo or introduction is provided in most cases. Full songs are provided where the song is a complete harmonica instrumental.
    Permission has been sought, where possible. Where permission is granted, this is marked with "used with permission". The songs marked "public domain" are copyright free under UK law, with the recording being older than 50 years. Any of the artists or copyright owners can request to have their material removed from this site by contacting me.
    It is hoped that the transcriptions shown here will be an introduction to the various artists, and you subsequently go ahead and buy as many of their songs as you can!





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