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Jul 19, 2017
1:52 PM
Hi im new to the forum , I have also just bought a hohner blues harp in key of C , in a total beginner to the harmonica but would love to be able to learn properly I've always self taught on my other instruments but where do I start with this ?? I have bought the absolute beginners book any help would be great !

Thanks Abby

Last Edited by MxLass on Jul 19, 2017 1:53 PM
259 posts
Jul 19, 2017
4:24 PM
A good place to begin is to go to the list on the left of this site and click on "for BEGINNERS: a guide"

Good online lessons can be found on You Tube. Look for Sankey, Greunling, Shellist,J.P. Allen and others. I personally learn well from Ronnie Shellist. Many of these offer Skype or Face Time lessons as well for a fee, but you can get started for free.

Most lessons start in the key of C so you're already part way there! Welcome and feel free to post any questions on this beginner forum. No one is likely to embarrass or deride you.
71 posts
Jul 20, 2017
3:31 PM
Welcome to the forum, Abby!

I think a good way to start is to

a) Learn how to hold the harmonica:

b) Learn how to put the harp into your mouth:

c) Learn how to breathe on the harmonica

d) Learn how to play clean single notes:

If you got these basics down, you can start playing simple melodies like "This Old Man", or "Oh Susannah", etc. Many songs can be found on this site:

Please feel free to ask anything, this forum is great!

Last Edited by SkullKid on Jul 20, 2017 3:32 PM
519 posts
Aug 03, 2017
10:26 AM
If you bought a new Hohner harp, it probably came packaged with a slip for a free month of bluesharmonica.com. Bluesharmonica.com is probably the most comprehensive pathway to blues harmonica mastery. Register for that site and start going through the "Levels of Achievement". Probably you won't get through Level 1 in just a month, but you'll have some solid basics and you can decide if you want to keep up with the site.
Marc Graci
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Aug 11, 2017
5:55 AM
Yeah, save yourself years of frustration and wasted time, the bluesharmonica.com Levels of Achievement (LOA) program is the most comprehensive, well laid out method out there (by far) to get you from zero to very competent, assuming one is willing to follow the program and practice. The monthly cost is a steal
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Feb 03, 2023
9:51 AM
Blues harmonica.com
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Feb 13, 2023
6:11 AM
I'll put a vote in for the Harmonica for Dummies books.
Perhaps you have one already. They are way better than the name may imply and come with a cd etc.
Plus the author (Winslow Yerxa)is on the forums here from time to time.
And as others have said lots of info on you tube.
Good luck and have fun !

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