Blues Harp Songs and Riffs

HarpTab.com was a collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

Make sure that your speakers are on. You can mouse over the harmonica notes and your browser will automatically play the note to help you in learning the riff.

For the most part the blues songs and riffs are in the key of G as used by a C harp (Cross Harp). Some of the songs and riffs allow you to change the key. Some will show the song or riff in other positions such as Third Position or Straight harp.

The following are the basic riffs that you’ll need to play blues harp. My goal here is to give you a basic understanding of what is going on in blues and what you can play at different points in the 12 bar blues cycle.

Here are some simple harp tabs for songs. They are mostly not blues, but they are “Bluesey” with plenty of bends to practice.

I tabbed out some blues riffs and phrases. This will allow you to play riffs in first, second and third positions. This is great for learning to really play blues harp.

I spent a lot of time working out almost all of Help me by Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller).

 

Song Snippets Harp Tab
Blues Song Lyrics

 

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Playing "Help-Me" In the Style of Sonny Boy Williamson II: A step by step, note for note analysis of some of Sonny Boy's Signature Riffs

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The JT30 Page Popular links

I began collecting data about the microphones used by blue harp players before there was an internet. I began organizing it into JT30.com in the late 1990s. I accumulated more stuff than I remember. This is some of it.

Street Theory

A Harp Player’s Guide to Music Theory

Learning Harp

Picking Up Blues Harp

A guide to learning to play Blues Harp

Microphone Information

Usenet Articles


Harp Amps

I've been collecting Harp Amps for a while. This is the old Harpamps.com website. There is lots of information here. Here a coupld of links.


Harp Tab

A collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

Basic Riffs Simple harp tabs for songs Blues riffs and phrases.

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Harp Frequently Asked Questions