Header Graphic
Dirty-South Blues Harp forum: wail on! > Best WIlliam Clarke Songs in 3rd Position?
Best WIlliam Clarke Songs in 3rd Position?
Login  |  Register
Page: 1

179 posts
Nov 22, 2020
12:24 PM
I'm really working on my 3rd position blues and am wondering what some of the best William Clarke songs would be to study. Any juicy 3rd position stuff really. I'm playing Keep on Drinkin by Paul Delay at the moment.

Thanks in advance beautiful humans of the forum.
2209 posts
Nov 22, 2020
2:50 PM
You didn't mention diatonic or chromatic, so I put up a Clarke chromatic song.

I have always found the instrumental song "The Boss" to be a very interesting blues chromatic song and not your typical sounding 3rd on a chromatic.

BluesHarmonicaJam.com says it was played in G using an F Chromatic (3rd Position).

I fooled with this song a few times, but never put in the work needed to play it.

If you study and really learn this song you will develop some 3rd position chromatic skills!

Doug S.

Last Edited by dougharps on Nov 22, 2020 2:55 PM
277 posts
Nov 22, 2020
7:09 PM
I really like Complainer's Boogie Woogie from the Groove Time album.
98 posts
Nov 23, 2020
4:07 AM
I think "Blowin' the Family Jewels" is a MUST for William Clarke's 3rd position playing.
275 posts
Nov 23, 2020
6:31 AM
Yes, for diatonic "Blowin' the Family Jewels" is a masterpiece.

"Must Be Jelly" has a great third position solo too.
278 posts
Nov 23, 2020
7:39 AM
Oh yeah, for diatonic Clarke 3rd position, "Jewels" is the ultimate piece.

With my old blues band circa 2001, I learned Jewels note for note, and we would play it as a set closer - seemed to always get a lively response from the crowd. It's especially cool if you can find a guitar player who will learn all the unison lines to play along with the harp.
3214 posts
Nov 30, 2020
12:50 PM
A few more:
I Feel Like Jumping - F, Bb Harp

The Feeling's Gone - A, G Harp

Post a Message

(8192 Characters Left)

Modern Blues Harmonica supports

§The Jazz Foundation of America


§The Innocence Project





ADAM GUSSOW is an official endorser for HOHNER HARMONICAS