Playing Blues Riffs

There are two different ways to play blues harp when playing along with a guitarist, a band or any accompaniment. You can either play "Riffs", which is a series of notes taken from the blues scale and played in a different order to form a sort of mini tune, or small melody line, or you can play "Safe notes", which are good strong bluesy notes. A good mixture of the two is what you should be ultimately be aiming for.

We’ll start by looking at a couple of easy riffs.

Example 1

It should sound like this

Example 2

It should sound like this

Example 3

It should sound like this

Example 4

It should sound like this

When playing these riffs for the first few times remember to play them very slowly and try not to jumble the notes together.

These are just examples, and from these and the blues scale, you can make up your own. When making up your own riffs just remember that nothing is wrong, if it sounds good to you then that’s great.

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