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First Song Your Played On Harmonica

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Reed Triller
Jun 24, 2009 3:37 AM GMT

I have only been playing for a bit over a week.

Today while sitting at my work waiting for others to come and open up the doors(Yes, I believe in the "take it everywhere"thing!) I am just messing around,Practicing one hole blows and such and about 10 minutes later out of nowhere comes "Taps"!

That is really nothing special but the thing is, it sounded really good.Military funeral good.Nice bends and all.

Actually bummed me out,lol!

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Jun 24, 2009 7:12 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

One of the fun things about this site is getting to hear from people who are just starting out on harmonica. I've been playing a really long time, and I can't remember my first song.

I'm glad that you're enjoying harmonica and taking it everywhere. Your enthusiasm is infectious. I just hope that those used harps aren't.

That last line was meant to be funny.

Jun 24, 2009 7:26 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

It fits in my pocket so why not :)

Makes breaks and down time at work pass easier when i`m practicing.

Jun 24, 2009 8:26 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

Keep going Ray. In a couple of months you'll be amazed at how much you have progressed.

I'd recommend recording yourself, so that you can hear the progress you make.

Jun 24, 2009 7:05 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

You will be amazed at all the tunes and songs hidden in the harmonica !

In case you didn't notice, when playing "Taps", if you play all blow notes, then you are playing in 1st position... if you play all draw notes, then you are playing in 2nd position... 2 different keys on the same harp ! Yes !

Jun 24, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

taps was one of my fist tunes.

Folsom Prison by Johnny Cash.

and the list goes on...

Jun 24, 2009 11:21 PM GMT
Sarge Replied:

The first song I ever played was Over the Waves

Jun 29, 2009 4:22 AM GMT
Ricardo Replied:

Apiece from an old Marlboro commercial. I quit smoking a long time ago but that music still makes me feel like lighting up everytime I hear it. Powerful tune. I just never knew the real title.

Jun 29, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
Eric S Replied:

The National Anthem, ala Jimi Hendrix, son's friend died in Iraq, Still makes me mad and sad, Eric S

Jun 29, 2009 3:43 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

I don't remember exactly what my very first harp song was... that was 31 years ago when I started...

But I do remember learning and playing along with Neil Young and Bob Dylan songs, so some of my first songs were:

1. Helpless

2. Love is a Rose (I use to like to play this on a "Lil Lady" that I wore on a chain around my neck)

3. Blowin' in the Wind

Then I soon discovered 2nd position, blues, Jonathan Edwards, Norton Buffalo, and Charlie McCoy... and an endless list of harmonica players since !!

Jun 29, 2009 7:22 PM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Saint's go marching in....first pos...then in 2nd...Then Happiness is a warm gun in 1st!


Jun 29, 2009 7:43 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Camptown races, then all the other stuff in John Gindick's COuntry and Blues Harmonica for the musically hopeless.

Jun 29, 2009 9:39 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Jason,why does the Warm gun song not surprise me,lol.

Jun 30, 2009 3:57 AM GMT
Nick Replied:

I also just started Ray. My first song was Low Rider then the Mannish Boy Riff.. I play that all over and make up cheesy blues rythmes.. Its cool to see the smiles and stuff from friends and families. And my stepdad is an awesome guitar player who is heavily blues influenced, so he also keeps me motivated and is a sort of inspiration. Hoping to be able to jam with him a little soon.

Jul 01, 2009 2:57 AM GMT
walterharp Replied:

an aunt gave me a chromatic when I was about 9 and starated with mary had a little lamb. Picked away at melodies for a while, but when I was 11, started with Willie and the Po Boys.. again and again cause I realized you could play popular music and that was on the charts then. My family almost strangled me. It wasn't till I came back from college and played some polka song that I made up, my dad said... hey you aren't really that bad....and he was driving us down from skiing, so i know it wasn't just the beer talkin. It still is fun to pick out melodies, gives inspiration all the time.

Jul 05, 2009 7:26 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

-sigh- I just noticed the typo in the header!

Sep 11, 2009 12:05 PM GMT
kev s Replied:


hi ,twinkle twinkle little star for me. my grandkids thought it was pretty cool.

i first got my harmonica over two years ago but it sat in the glovebox of my car until a few weeks ago when i saw something on 'you tube' and thought ,yeah i can do that so i went and got it out and started to play. now i can't put it down i love it and wish i had started learning years ago. if i did not smoke it would be better but hopefully i willget good enough for me. i don't go anywhere without it now!

Sep 11, 2009 1:25 PM GMT
Sioux S.Seydal Replied:

'Hänschen klein ging allein in die weite Welt hinein...', it's aGerman kid's song)

(~ '...little Jon went by himself away into the big world...')

Got my first harp at age 4 1/2 (after just havingcome back from a ~9 months absence fromthe rest of my family) and tried around with it till I hit all the notes of all the songs that I knew at that time.

So i probably was just lucky that my family didn't send me away again. ;)

Sep 11, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
Chris C Replied:

Bring it on home to me. Love Sonny Terry.

Sep 20, 2009 6:57 AM GMT
Kevin P Replied:

Free Fallin' by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Very easy to learn and play; in first position it uses only holes 4 and 5, plus it's instantly recognizable! Definitely something I'd recommend to a beginner.

Sep 20, 2009 8:24 AM GMT
Ana R Replied:

I'm playing for a year and a half so I still can remember the first song I've learned:)

When the saint go marchin in was the first one, than Oh Suzanna.

My first blues song was All My Love In Vain ( Sonny Boy II)

First solo was from Got My Mojo Workin ( Butterfield)

First instrumental was Screamin ( Butterfield)

And Kingley is right.....I was recording myself from the first in order to hear my mistakes...but now it's so so funny when I play those early recordings...I couldn't hit the rights notes, alway rushing or playing off the every time now when I think I'm not advancing as fast as I would like...I just play the recordings I did only year ago and I know that I'm on a right tracks:)

Sep 21, 2009 9:25 PM GMT
blogward Replied: - for a school drama. Try it!

Sep 29, 2009 9:16 PM GMT
J Replied:

Saints go Marchin In. Tapps.

Oct 03, 2009 10:19 AM GMT
Mondo Replied:

Camptown Races followed closely by Amazing Grace - both in 1st position. Just figured out a little 12-bar thing in 2nd position on the way home from work today! (Been trying to learnharp forabout 1-1/2 months now). I, too, believe in "take it with you"!

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