Playing The Blues Scale

Now that you can bend notes the next thing we should look at is “The Blues Scale”. This is just a series of seven notes which help the harmonica sound bluesy, so playing this scale over and over is excellent training. The arrows and numbers below indicate how to play the blues scale.

So this means blow hole 4  
this means suck bend 4
and this means suck bend little 3


Blues scale down.

Listen to this example to hear what it sounds like

Play this slowly at first and play each note for the same length. If you’re finding it difficult, then just keep playing it and it will become easier after time. If you are playing this ok then try playing it backwards.


Blues scale up.

Which should sound like this

You should practice playing this blues scale up and down on a regular basis, because it is at the heart of all blues riffs.

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Can I tune up my Harmonica?
The simple answer is yes. If your Harmonica goes out of tune slightly you can re-tune it using a small screw driver, a set of feeler gauges and a metal nail file. Read how to do it in the Maintenance & Tuning section.

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