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Top Ten Songs
You Can Play Along With on Your C Harmonica

If you have a harmonica in the key of C you can play along with recordings of these songs. Pick your spot on the harmonica and try drawing air in, or blowing air out. Itís fun and easy too!

  1. Piano Man by Billy Joel
    Play out more than in, melody is in the middle, starting on Hole Six, Blow out.
  2. Love Me Do by the Beatles
    Draw in first on the bottom three holes and then when the chord changes, blow out on the bottom three holes. Repeat. Or try playing the single note melody on the middle of the harmonica. The first note is Hole Five, draw in.
  3. Come Together by the Beatles
    This very easy melody can be played almost entirely on Holes Four and Five, drawing in. Start on Hole Five, drawing in.
  4. Early in the Morning by Louis Jordan
    Draw in first on the bottom three holes and then when the chord changes, blow out on the bottom three holes to play this blues rumba. Repeat. In the one spot of the song that sounds different, draw in on Hole One only.
  5. Ode to Joy by Pete Seeger
    (This lovely version of Beethovenís melody from the Ninth Symphony is on Peteís album simply titled Pete) Play out more than in. Melody is in the middle. Start on Hole Five Ė blow out.
  6. Rawhide by Frankie Laine
    (Yes, this is the same classic Rawhide that the Blues Brothers did.) Play the melody only. The first phrase moves back and forth on Hole Two, blow out and then Hole Three, blow out, starting on Hole Two. The second phrase moves back and forth on Hole Two, draw in and then Hole Three, draw in and moves up from there.
  7. Canít Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
    (His version on Aloha From Hawaii begins in the key of C.) Play the melody, the first three notes are Hole Four, blow out; Hole Six, blow out; Hole Four, blow out.
  8. These Boots Are Made For Walkiní by Nancy Sinatra
    Play the melody starting (and staying on for a while) Hole Five, Blow out.
  9. We Shall Overcome, Nobody Knows the Trouble Iíve Seen, and Swing Low Sweet Chariot
    (All recordings by Charlie Haden and Hank Jones on their beautiful album of spirituals, Steal Away.) Try playing the melodies on the middle of the harmonica.
  10. Batman (the original wacky 60s TV show theme)
    Draw in first on the bottom three holes and then when the chord changes blow out on the bottom three holes. Then repeat. In the one spot of the song that sounds different, draw in on Hole One only. Donít forget to also add the ĎBat-maní vocal part!

*The melodies of any simple folk songs, most Americana songs (Shenandoah, Amazing Grace, etc.) can be played, also spirituals and nursery rhymes. You donít need a recording, just try to find the melody in the middle of the harmonica.

Where to get a C harmonica

If youíre a graduate of our Play the Blues program you are already the owner of a C harmonica. If youíre not, itís time to get your team in tune and give us a call! If you want to try these songs on your own before then, go to a music store and ask for a harmonica in the key of C.

Where to get recordings of these songs

The iTunes store, the library or your favorite local music store.