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Howard Levy Harmonica Lessons

  • Basic Harmonica
  • Intermediate Harmonica
  • Advanced Harmonica
  • Virtuoso Harmonica
  • Blues
  • Jazz
  • Indian/Middle Eastern/Eastern European
  • Folk/Irish/Bluegrass
  • Latin/Brasilian
  • Rock/Pop
  • Classical

Basic Harmonica

  • Welcome to Basic
  • Meet the Harmonica Part 1
  • Meet the Harmonica Part 2
  • Tongue Blocking
  • Hand Position Part 1
  • Hand Position Part 2
  • Names of Notes Part 1: The Tilt of the Harmonica
  • Names of Notes Part 2: Blow Notes
  • Names of Notes Part 3: Draw Notes
  • Playing the C Major Scale in the 2nd Octave
  • Intimate Instrument
  • Smooth Breathing
  • Scale Exercises Part 1- 1234, 2345, etc- Leapfrog, and Triads
  • Scale Exercises Part 2- SLOW explanation of Part 1
  • Scale Exercises Part 3- 1234, 2345, from the TOP, going back DOWN.
  • Scale Exercises Part 4- Leapfrog SLOW
  • Scale Exercises Part 5- Triad Exercise explained
  • A Call For Videos
  • "Row Row Row Your Boat"
  • "Ode to Joy"- Beethoven
  • "On Top of Old Smoky"
  • Tempered, Just Intonation and Compromise Tunings
  • "Oh! Susanna"
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking
  • More Tongue Tricks
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 1: Beginning Blues Licks and Vamping
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 2- Chordal Vamping
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 3: The 12-Bar Blues Progression
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 4: The Warble
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 5: Simple Blues Licks
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 6: More Blues Licks
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 7: "John Hardy" and Triple Tonguing
  • 3rd Position Basic Part 1: Dorian Mode and "Scarborough Fair"
  • 3rd Position Basic Part 2: Dorian Mode Scales and Exercises
  • 3rd Position Basic Part 3: Min Pentatonic Scale, Min 6th Chord, Chromatic Harp
  • 3rd Position Basic Part 4: "The Star of the County Down"
  • 4th Position C Harp Part 1
  • 4th Position C Harp Part 2: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"; G Harp Intro
  • 4th Position C Harp Part 3: Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • 4th Position C Harp Part 4: "Summertime"
  • 4th Position C Harp Part 5: Chords and Melody
  • 4th Position C Harp Part 6: Spanish Music
  • 5th Position Drone Box Part 1
  • 5th Position Drone Box Part 2: The Phrygian Mode
  • 5th Position Drone Box Part 3: Improvising with the Drone Box
  • Minor Blues Licks, Minor Pentatonic Scale, and Middle Eastern Music in 5th Position
  • 6th Position Basic
  • 12th Position Basic Part 1
  • 12th Position Basic Part 2: Lydian Mode with Drone Box
  • 12th Position Basic Part 3: "Amazing Grace"
  • 12th Position Basic Part 4: Chordal Playing
  • 12th Position Basic Part 5: "Dvorak New World Symphony"
  • 12th Position Basic Part 6: Conclusion
  • Daily Practice Routine
  • "On Broadway"
  • "O Danny Boy"
  • "Hey Jude" - Part 1
  • Hey Jude - Part 2
  • "Fisher's Hornpipe"
  • "Brahms Lullabye"
  • "Wildwood Flower"
  • "Freight Train"
  • "You've Got a Friend"
  • New Scale Exercise
  • "Blowin' In The Wind"
  • "Mr. Bojangles" C Harp
  • "Mr. Bojangles" G Harp
  • "It Don't Mean A Thing" - F Harp
  • "Whiter Shade of Pale"
  • "House of the Rising Sun" G Harp
  • "House of the Rising Sun" C Harp
  • "Bonanza" - G Harp
  • 3 Against 2

Intermediate Harmonica

  • Bend Simply Part 1
  • Bend Simply Part 2: 1st Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 3: 4th Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 4: Blues Licks
  • Bend Simply Part 5: 6th Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 6: 2nd Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 7: More 2nd Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 8: Notating Bends
  • Bend Simply Part 9: More 2nd Hole Bending
  • Bend Simply Part 10: 3rd Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 11: More 3rd Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 12: Vibrations and Advice
  • Bend Simply Part 13 Call For Videos
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 1
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 2: Bending 8 Blow
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 3: Bending 9 Blow, 1st Position Blues
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 4: Bending 10 Blow on C and G Harps
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 5: Difference Tones
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 6: Bending 7 (a little)
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 7: 1st Position Blues Licks
  • Major Scales and Exercises Part 1: The First Octave
  • Major Scales and Exercises Part 2: "The Star Spangled Banner"
  • Major Scales and Exercises Part 3: 3 Octave Major Scale & All the Notes So Far
  • Notes on the Harmonica Part 1
  • Notes on the Harmonica Part 2
  • Throat Tremolo Part 1
  • Throat Tremolo Part 2
  • Throat Tremolo Exhale
  • Bend and Unbend Vibrato
  • Blues Vamp Part 1: Vamps with Blues Licks
  • Blues Vamp Part 2: More Vamps with Blues Licks
  • Blues Vamp Part 3: Using The High Notes
  • Pentatonic Scale Part 1: "Old Joe Clark" and "Black Jack Davey"
  • Pentatonic Scale Part 2: Exercises and Licks
  • Pentatonic Scale Part 3: Call For Videos
  • 12-Bar Blues Part 1
  • 12-Bar Blues Part 2: Tell a Story and Play Fills
  • 12-Bar Blues Part 3: Shuffle in G
  • 12-Bar Blues Part 4: Constructing Solos
  • Using a Microphone and Amplifier, Part 1
  • Using a Microphone and Amplifier, Part 2
  • Using a Microphone and Amplifier, Part 3
  • First Position Melodies
  • First Position Blues Part 1: First Octave
  • First Position Blues Part 2: Top Octave
  • First Position Blues Part 3: On a G Harp
  • "Irish Washer Woman" Part 1
  • "Irish Washer Woman" Part 2: Triple Tonguing
  • "Minuet In G" Part 1
  • "Minuet In G" Part 2
  • First Position Jazz Part 1: The 2-5-1 Progression
  • First Position Jazz Part 2: Play Along with Piano
  • Call For Video: Jazz
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 1: "Star of the County Down"
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 2: Exercises and Minor Blues
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 3: Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 4: 3rd Position Blues in G on an F Harp
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 5: Use 3 Harps for G Blues
  • "Summertime" in 3rd Position
  • Latin Music Part 1: 3rd Position Montunos
  • Latin Music Part 2: More Montunos
  • Jazz Tune In 3rd Position Part 1: C Minor on B Flat Harp
  • Jazz Tune In 3rd Position Part 2: "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise"
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 1: Scales and Exercises
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 2: "The Rights of Man" and the A Minor Arpeggio
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 3: A Minor Blues
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 4: More A Minor Blues
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 5: E Minor on a G Harp
  • 4th Position Harmonic Minor- "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise"
  • Hava Nagilah on a G Harp
  • "Summertime" in 4th Position
  • 5th Position Part 1: Scales and Patterns
  • 5th Position Part 2: Middle Eastern Microtonal Bent Notes
  • 5th Position Part 3: Blues in 5th Position
  • "Summertime" in 5th Position
  • 5th Position Part 5 Call For Videos
  • 6th Position Intermediate
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 1: Finding the Right Harp
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 2: Blues in 12th Position
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 3: Blues in G on a D Harp
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 4: "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" & "Amazing Grace"
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 5: Jazz in 12th Position
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 6: Introduction to "Rhythm Changes"
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 7: The Bridge of "Rhythm Changes"
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 8: Cup Playing on a G Harp
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 1- Holes 1 and 2
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 2- Holes 2 and 3
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 3- more hole 2 and 3
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 4- holes 2, 3, and 4
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 5- holes 3 and 4
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 6: D Flat Major Arpeggio
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 7- Holes 5,6, and 7
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 8: Blow Bends
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 9: More Blow Bends
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 1
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 2: Cross Harp
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 3: What Key Are They In?
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 4: On Different Keys
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 5: The White Keys
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 6: The Black Keys
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 7: More Keys
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 8: Key of B
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 9: In Other Positions
  • Tongue Block Bends
  • Tone, The Overtone Series, Talking Through the Harp
  • Sound Effects Part 1- Car horns, Trains, etc
  • Sound Effects Part 2: The Mug
  • "Bach Flute Sonata in E Minor, 1st Mvt": G Harp
  • "Bouree in E Minor" by Bach: D Harp
  • Modal Improvising: E Minor Phrygian
  • D Minor 3rd Position Blues
  • Playing in Seven
  • "Slow Dm Cross Harp Blues"
  • "Salty Dog"
  • "Sittin' on Top of The World"
  • "D Minor Latin Blues"
  • "D Minor Latin Blues - Howard's Performance"
  • "Mystery Train"
  • "Sweet Georgia Brown"
  • "And I Love Her" Part 1
  • "And I Love Her" Part 2
  • "On Broadway"
  • "Norwegian Wood"
  • "Wildwood Flower"
  • "Little Wing"
  • "Moon River"
  • "Sunshine of your Love"
  • "3rd Hole Jump Blues"
  • "Boogie Woogie Blues in D"
  • "One-Chord Blues in E"
  • "Rocky Top"
  • "Lay Lady Lay" A and D Harp
  • "Lay Lady Lay" A Harp
  • "Lay Lady Lay" D Harp
  • "On the Road Again" A Harp
  • All of Me C Harp
  • "All of Me" G Harp
  • "Will The Circle be Unbroken"
  • Andy Griffith: G and C Harp
  • "Hejaz Kar"
  • Vamping Improvisation
  • "Bartok Rumanian Dance #2"
  • "Born in Chicago"
  • "Life in Eleven"
  • "Moanin"
  • "Silent Night"
  • "Offbeat Blues"
  • "Mr. PC"
  • "Bo Diddley"
  • "Walking Blues"
  • "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"
  • "Sunny"
  • "Highland Laddie"
  • "My Girl"
  • "Pajdusko Oro"
  • "Sugar"
  • "Bags' Groove Part One"
  • "Bags' Groove Part Two"
  • "Bags' Groove Part Three"
  • G Dorian Blues
  • Playing in 7/8
  • "Corina, Corina"
  • "Yerakina"
  • Accompanying An Acoustic Guitar

Advanced Harmonica

  • "Ave Maria" - Bach/Gounod: G Harp
  • "Bach Bouree" on a D Harp
  • "Bach Bouree" on a G Harp
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 1: "Beethoven Violin Concerto"
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 2: Beethoven Violin Concerto Continued
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 3: "Jesu Joy" -Bach
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 4: "Jesu Joy" Continued
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 5: "Levy Harmonica Concerto" 2nd Mvt
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 6: "Ode to Joy"-Beethoven
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 7: Scale in Octaves
  • Double Note Bends
  • Overblows Part 1: Getting Started
  • Overblows Part 2: 6th Hole
  • Overblows Part 3: 6th Hole Overblow Exercises
  • 5th Hole Overblows
  • 4th Hole Overblows Part 1
  • 4th Hole Overblows Part 2
  • 1st Hole Overblows Part 1
  • 1st Hole Overblows Part 2: Two-Octave Chromatic Scale
  • 7 Overdraw
  • 9 Overdraw
  • 10 Overdraw, Blues Licks, Chromatic Scale
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 1: Overblows
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 2: Overdraws
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 3: How Bends Work
  • "Badinerie"- Bach
  • "Sleepers Awake" Chorale- Bach: Low E Flat Harp
  • Transposing Part 1: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in C, G, D, and A
  • Transposing Part 2: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in E and B
  • Transposing Part 3: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in F
  • Transposing Part 4: B Flat
  • Transposing Part 5: E Flat
  • Transposing Part 6: A Flat
  • Transposing Part 7: C Sharp and D Flat
  • Transposing Part 8: F Sharp and G Flat
  • Bending in Tune: "Manhã de Carnival" on B Flat Harp
  • Bending in Tune: "Manhã de Carnival" on G Harp
  • "Hava Nagilah" on G Harp and B Flat Harp
  • "Hava Nagilah" on C Harp
  • Call For Video Advanced Tongue Blocking
  • Call For Video Adjacent Holes
  • Call For Video Overblows And Overdraws
  • Call For Video "Manhã de Carnival" "Hava Nagila"
  • Call For Video General
  • "Stormy Monday" Part 1
  • "Stormy Monday" Part 2
  • "Stormy Monday" Part 3
  • Music Notation
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 1
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 2
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 3: Flat Keys
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 4: B Flat, E Flat, A Flat, D Flat
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 5: F Sharp, G Flat
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 6: Reading on Different Harps, Practicing
  • 2-5-1's and Seventh Chord Arpeggios
  • 2-5-1 Jazz Licks Part 1
  • 2-5-1 Jazz Licks Part 2
  • 2-5-1 Jazz Licks Part 3: Through the Keys
  • 2-5-1 Jazz Licks Part 4: More Through the Keys
  • "How High the Moon" (C Harp)
  • "How High the Moon" Ornithology: B Flat Harp
  • Transposing "How High the Moon"
  • "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" Part 1: B Flat Harp
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Part 2: E Flat Harp
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Part 3: A Flat Harp
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Part 4: C Harp
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Part 5: Summary
  • "Killer Joe" Part 1: C Harp
  • "Killer Joe" Part 2: G Harp
  • "Killer Joe" Part 3: F Harp
  • "Night In Tunisia" Vamp Part 1: Altered Scale Runs
  • "Night In Tunisia" Part 2: C and F Harps
  • Rhythmic Breathing Part 1: 4 Stroke Roll and 3 Stroke Roll
  • Rhythmic Breathing Part 2: Double Stroke Roll and Paradiddles
  • Rhythmic Breathing Part 3: Ruffs, Harmonic Concerto Passage
  • "D Minor Cross Harp Blues" with Overblows
  • Diminished Scales
  • "Bach Invention #1" - Left Hand Part
  • "Blues in 5/4" by Howard
  • Diminished Scales over ii-V-I Chords
  • "Mellow Bird Blues"- by Howard Levy
  • "Song for My Father"- Horace Silver
  • "Sweet Georgia Brown"
  • "Rhythm Changes"
  • "And I Love Her" Part 3
  • "Wave" - Part 1
  • "Wave" - Part 2
  • "Isn't She Lovely" Part 1
  • "Isn't She Lovely Part 2" in G and Bb
  • "The Sinister Minister"- Bela Fleck
  • "My Romance"
  • "Slow Blues with Overblows", low register - key of D on a G harp -
  • "Straight, No Chaser"
  • "Jovano Jovanke"
  • "Just the Way You Are"
  • "There Will Never Be Another You"
  • TV Medleys
  • "Bartok Rumanian Dance #1"
  • "Giant Steps" Part One
  • "Giant Steps" Part Two
  • "My Funny Valentine"
  • "Take Five" Part 1
  • "Take Five" Part 2
  • "Let it Snow"
  • "Take the A Train"
  • "My One and Only Love"
  • "This Masquerade"
  • "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"
  • "Aguas Quietas"
  • "The Work Song"
  • "Hey Joe"
  • "Samba de Orpheus"
  • Blues in A - On a C Harp
  • "Corina, Corina"
  • Bossa in A

Virtuoso Harmonica

  • "On Green Dolphin Street" by Bronislaw Kaper
  • "Morning In Rio"- part of a tune by Howard Levy
  • "Stop Time Blues" by Howard Levy- Performance with track
  • "Stop Time Blues" Explanation
  • "Slow F Sharp Blues"-H Levy
  • "The Tri-State Boogie"- H Levy
  • "Rhythm Changes" Bb on a C harp
  • "All The Things You Are"
  • Scales in 1/2 Steps
  • "Noites Cariocas"
  • Chromatic Scale Exercise #1
  • Soloing on "Giant Steps"

Blues

  • Meet the Harmonica Part 1
  • Meet the Harmonica Part 2
  • Tongue Blocking
  • Hand Position Part 1
  • Hand Position Part 2
  • Names of Notes Part 1: The Tilt of the Harmonica
  • Names of Notes Part 2: Blow Notes
  • Names of Notes Part 3: Draw Notes
  • Playing the C Major Scale in the 2nd Octave
  • Intimate Instrument
  • Smooth Breathing
  • Scale Exercises Part 1- 1234, 2345, etc- Leapfrog, and Triads
  • Scale Exercises Part 2- SLOW explanation of Part 1
  • Scale Exercises Part 3- 1234, 2345, from the TOP, going back DOWN.
  • Scale Exercises Part 4- Leapfrog SLOW
  • Scale Exercises Part 5- Triad Exercise explained
  • Tempered, Just Intonation and Compromise Tunings
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking
  • More Tongue Tricks
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 1: Beginning Blues Licks and Vamping
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 2- Chordal Vamping
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 3: The 12-Bar Blues Progression
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 4: The Warble
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 5: Simple Blues Licks
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 6: More Blues Licks
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 7: "John Hardy" and Triple Tonguing
  • Daily Practice Routine
  • Bend Simply Part 1
  • Bend Simply Part 2: 1st Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 3: 4th Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 4: Blues Licks
  • Bend Simply Part 5: 6th Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 6: 2nd Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 7: More 2nd Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 8: Notating Bends
  • Bend Simply Part 9: More 2nd Hole Bending
  • Bend Simply Part 10: 3rd Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 11: More 3rd Hole Draw
  • Bend Simply Part 12: Vibrations and Advice
  • Bend Simply Part 13 Call For Videos
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 1
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 2: Bending 8 Blow
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 3: Bending 9 Blow, 1st Position Blues
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 4: Bending 10 Blow on C and G Harps
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 5: Difference Tones
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 6: Bending 7 (a little)
  • 8-9-10 Blow Part 7: 1st Position Blues Licks
  • Notes on the Harmonica Part 1
  • Notes on the Harmonica Part 2
  • Throat Tremolo Part 1
  • Throat Tremolo Part 2
  • Throat Tremolo Exhale
  • Blues Vamp Part 1: Vamps with Blues Licks
  • Blues Vamp Part 2: More Vamps with Blues Licks
  • Blues Vamp Part 3: Using The High Notes
  • Pentatonic Scale Part 1: "Old Joe Clark" and "Black Jack Davey"
  • Pentatonic Scale Part 2: Exercises and Licks
  • Pentatonic Scale Part 3: Call For Videos
  • 12-Bar Blues Part 1
  • 12-Bar Blues Part 2: Tell a Story and Play Fills
  • 12-Bar Blues Part 3: Shuffle in G
  • 12-Bar Blues Part 4: Constructing Solos
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 1: "Star of the County Down"
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 2: Exercises and Minor Blues
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 3: Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 4: 3rd Position Blues in G on an F Harp
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 5: Use 3 Harps for G Blues
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 1: Scales and Exercises
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 3: A Minor Blues
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 4: More A Minor Blues
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 5: E Minor on a G Harp
  • 5th Position Part 1: Scales and Patterns
  • 5th Position Part 3: Blues in 5th Position
  • 6th Position Intermediate
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 1: Finding the Right Harp
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 2: Blues in 12th Position
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 3: Blues in G on a D Harp
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 8: Cup Playing on a G Harp
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 1- Holes 1 and 2
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 2- Holes 2 and 3
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 3- more hole 2 and 3
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 4- holes 2, 3, and 4
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 5- holes 3 and 4
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 7- Holes 5,6, and 7
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 8: Blow Bends
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 9: More Blow Bends
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 1
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 2: Cross Harp
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 3: What Key Are They In?
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 4: On Different Keys
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 5: The White Keys
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 6: The Black Keys
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 7: More Keys
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 8: Key of B
  • "Corina, Corina"
  • Finding The Right Harp Part 9: In Other Positions
  • Tongue Block Bends
  • Sound Effects Part 1- Car horns, Trains, etc
  • Tone, The Overtone Series, Talking Through the Harp
  • Sound Effects Part 2: The Mug
  • Overblows Part 1: Getting Started
  • Overblows Part 2: 6th Hole
  • Overblows Part 3: 6th Hole Overblow Exercises
  • 5th Hole Overblows
  • 4th Hole Overblows Part 1
  • 4th Hole Overblows Part 2
  • 1st Hole Overblows Part 1
  • 1st Hole Overblows Part 2: Two-Octave Chromatic Scale
  • 7 Overdraw
  • 9 Overdraw
  • 10 Overdraw, Blues Licks, Chromatic Scale
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 1: Overblows
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 2: Overdraws
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 3: How Bends Work
  • Call For Video Adjacent Holes
  • Call For Video Overblows And Overdraws
  • Using a Microphone and Amplifier, Part 1
  • Using a Microphone and Amplifier, Part 2
  • Using a Microphone and Amplifier, Part 3
  • "Slow Blues with Overblows", low register - key of D on a G harp -
  • "One-Chord Blues in E"
  • 3rd Hole Jump Blues
  • "Boogie Woogie Blues in D"
  • "Dm 3rd Position Blues"
  • "Sunshine of your Love"
  • "Dm Latin Blues"
  • "The Tristate Boogie"- H Levy
  • "Sittin' On Top of the World"
  • "Mystery Train"
  • "Born in Chicago"
  • "Offbeat Blues"
  • "Bo Diddley"
  • "Walking Blues"

Jazz

  • First Position Jazz Part 1: The 2-5-1 Progression
  • "Sunshine of your Love"
  • First Position Jazz Part 2: Play Along with Piano
  • Call For Video: Jazz
  • Bend and Unbend Vibrato
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 3: Minor Pentatonic Scale
  • Latin Music Part 1: 3rd Position Montunos
  • Latin Music Part 2: More Montunos
  • Jazz Tune In 3rd Position Part 1: C Minor on B Flat Harp
  • Jazz Tune In 3rd Position Part 2: "Softly As In a Morning Sunrise"
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 1: Scales and Exercises
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 3: A Minor Blues
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 4: More A Minor Blues
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 5: E Minor on a G Harp
  • 4th Position Harmonic Minor- "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise"
  • "Summertime" in 4th Position
  • 5th Position Part 1: Scales and Patterns
  • "Summertime" in 5th Position
  • 5th Position Part 5 Call For Videos
  • 6th Position Intermediate
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 5: Jazz in 12th Position
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 6: Introduction to "Rhythm Changes"
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 7: The Bridge of "Rhythm Changes"
  • 12th Position Intermediate Part 8: Cup Playing on a G Harp
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 6: D Flat Major Arpeggio
  • Adjacent Notes Exercises Part 9: More Blow Bends
  • Tone, The Overtone Series, Talking Through the Harp
  • Modal Improvising: E Minor Phrygian
  • "Slow Dm Cross Harp Blues"
  • D Minor 3rd Position Blues
  • Overblows Part 1: Getting Started
  • Overblows Part 2: 6th Hole
  • Overblows Part 3: 6th Hole Overblow Exercises
  • 5th Hole Overblows
  • 4th Hole Overblows Part 1
  • 4th Hole Overblows Part 2
  • 1st Hole Overblows Part 1
  • 1st Hole Overblows Part 2: Two-Octave Chromatic Scale
  • 7 Overdraw
  • 9 Overdraw
  • 10 Overdraw, Blues Licks, Chromatic Scale
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 1: Overblows
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 2: Overdraws
  • Adjusting Reed Clearances Part 3: How Bends Work
  • Transposing Part 1: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in C, G, D, and A
  • Transposing Part 2: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in E and B
  • Transposing Part 3: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in F
  • Transposing Part 4: B Flat
  • Transposing Part 5: E Flat
  • Transposing Part 6: A Flat
  • Transposing Part 7: C Sharp and D Flat
  • Transposing Part 8: F Sharp and G Flat
  • Bending in Tune: "Manhã de Carnival" on B Flat Harp
  • Bending in Tune: "Manhã de Carnival" on G Harp
  • "Hava Nagilah" on G Harp and B Flat Harp
  • "Hava Nagilah" on C Harp
  • "Straight, No Chaser"
  • Call For Video Overblows And Overdraws
  • Call For Video "Manhã de Carnival" "Hava Nagila"
  • Call For Video General
  • "There Will Never Be Another You"
  • "Stormy Monday" Part 1
  • "Stormy Monday" Part 2
  • "Stormy Monday" Part 3
  • Music Notation
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 1
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 2
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 3: Flat Keys
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 4: B Flat, E Flat, A Flat, D Flat
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 5: F Sharp, G Flat
  • Major Scales and Key Signatures Part 6: Reading on Different Harps, Practicing
  • 2-5-1's and Seventh Chord Arpeggios
  • 2-5-1 Jazz Licks Part 1
  • 2-5-1 Jazz Licks Part 2
  • 2-5-1 Jazz Licks Part 3: Through the Keys
  • 2-5-1 Jazz Licks Part 4: More Through the Keys
  • "How High the Moon" (C Harp)
  • "How High the Moon" Ornithology: B Flat Harp
  • Transposing "How High the Moon"
  • "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" Part 1: B Flat Harp
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Part 2: E Flat Harp
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Part 3: A Flat Harp
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Part 4: C Harp
  • Softly As In A Morning Sunrise Part 5: Summary
  • "Killer Joe" Part 1: C Harp
  • "Killer Joe" Part 2: G Harp
  • "Killer Joe" Part 3: F Harp
  • "Night In Tunisia" Vamp Part 1: Altered Scale Runs
  • "Night In Tunisia" Part 2: C and F Harps
  • "D Minor Cross Harp Blues" with Overblows
  • Diminished Scales
  • "Blues in 5/4" by Howard
  • Diminished Scales over ii-V-I Chords
  • "All The Things You Are"
  • "Mellow Bird Blues"- by Howard Levy
  • "Song for My Father"- Horace Silver
  • All of Me C Harp
  • "On Green Dolphin Street" by Bronislaw Kaper
  • "Morning In Rio"- part of a tune by Howard Levy
  • "Stop Time Blues" Explanation
  • "Stop Time Blues" by Howard Levy- Performance with track
  • "Sweet Georgia Brown"
  • "Rhythm Changes"
  • "Wave" - Part 1
  • "Wave" - Part 2
  • "My Romance"
  • "Just the Way You Are"
  • Blues in A - On a C Harp
  • "Moon River"
  • "Slow F Sharp Blues"-H Levy
  • "The Tri-State Boogie"- H Levy
  • "It Don't Mean A Thing" - F Harp
  • "Giant Steps" Part One
  • "Giant Steps" Part Two
  • "My Funny Valentine"
  • "Bags' Groove Part One"
  • "Take Five" Part 1
  • "Bags' Groove Part Two"
  • "Take Five" Part 2
  • G Dorian Blues
  • "Life in Eleven"
  • "Take the A Train"
  • "Mr. PC"
  • "Moanin"
  • "Let it Snow"
  • "My One and Only Love"
  • "This Masquerade"
  • "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"

Indian/Middle Eastern/Eastern European

  • 5th Position Drone Box Part 1
  • 5th Position Drone Box Part 2: The Phrygian Mode
  • 5th Position Drone Box Part 3: Improvising with the Drone Box
  • 12th Position Basic Part 2: Lydian Mode with Drone Box
  • Hava Nagilah on a G Harp
  • 5th Position Part 2: Middle Eastern Microtonal Bent Notes
  • Modal Improvising: E Minor Phrygian
  • "Hava Nagilah" on G Harp and B Flat Harp
  • "Hava Nagilah" on C Harp
  • "Hejaz Kar"
  • "Jovano Jovanke"
  • Playing in 7/8

Folk/Irish/Bluegrass

  • "Row Row Row Your Boat"
  • "On Top of Old Smoky"
  • "Oh! Susanna"
  • 2nd Position Cross Harp Part 7: "John Hardy" and Triple Tonguing
  • 3rd Position Basic Part 1: Dorian Mode and "Scarborough Fair"
  • 3rd Position Basic Part 4: "The Star of the County Down"
  • 4th Position C Harp Part 2: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"; G Harp Intro
  • 12th Position Basic Part 3: "Amazing Grace"
  • "O Danny Boy"
  • "Wildwood Flower"
  • Major Scales and Exercises Part 2: "The Star Spangled Banner"
  • "Irish Washer Woman" Part 1
  • "Irish Washer Woman" Part 2: Triple Tonguing
  • 3rd Position Intermediate Part 1: "Star of the County Down"
  • 4th Position Aeolian Part 2: "The Rights of Man" and the A Minor Arpeggio
  • "Wildwood Flower"
  • Transposing Part 1: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in C, G, D, and A
  • Transposing Part 2: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in E and B
  • Transposing Part 3: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in F
  • "Freight Train"
  • "Salty Dog"
  • "Rocky Top"
  • "Blowin' In The Wind"
  • "Will the Circle be Unbroken"
  • "Mr. Bojangles" G Harp
  • "Mr. Bojangles" C Harp
  • "On the Road Again" A Harp
  • "Lay Lady Lay" A and D Harp
  • "Lay Lady Lay" A Harp
  • "Lay Lady Lay" D Harp
  • "Silent Night"
  • "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"

Latin/Brasilian

  • Latin Music Part 1: 3rd Position Montunos
  • Latin Music Part 2: More Montunos
  • "D Minor Latin Blues"
  • "D Minor Latin Blues - Howard's Performance"
  • Bending in Tune: "Manhã de Carnival" on B Flat Harp
  • Bending in Tune: "Manhã de Carnival" on G Harp
  • "Wave" - Part 1
  • "Wave" - Part 2
  • "Morning In Rio"- part of a tune by Howard Levy
  • "Noites Cariocas"
  • "Aguas Quietas"

Rock/Pop

  • "On Broadway"
  • "Hey Jude" - Part 1
  • Hey Jude - Part 2
  • "And I Love Her" Part 1
  • "And I Love Her" Part 2
  • "And I Love Her" Part 3
  • "On Broadway"
  • "Norwegian Wood"
  • "Little Wing"
  • "Isn't She Lovely" Part 1
  • "Moon River"
  • "Isn't She Lovely Part 2" in G and Bb
  • "The Sinister Minister"- Bela Fleck
  • "Sunshine of Your Love"- by Jack Bruce
  • "Just the Way You Are"
  • "Just the Way You Are"
  • "Andy Griffith Theme"
  • "House of the Rising Sun" G Harp
  • "House of the Rising Sun" C Harp
  • "Whiter Shade of Pale"
  • "My Girl"

Classical

  • "Ode to Joy"- Beethoven
  • 12th Position Basic Part 5: "Dvorak New World Symphony"
  • "Brahms Lullabye"
  • "Minuet In G" Part 1
  • "Minuet In G" Part 2
  • "Bach Flute Sonata in E Minor, 1st Mvt": G Harp
  • "Bouree in E Minor" by Bach: D Harp
  • "Ave Maria" - Bach/Gounod: G Harp
  • "Bach Bouree" on a D Harp
  • "Bach Bouree" on a G Harp
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 1: "Beethoven Violin Concerto"
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 2: Beethoven Violin Concerto Continued
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 3: "Jesu Joy" -Bach
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 4: "Jesu Joy" Continued
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 5: "Levy Harmonica Concerto" 2nd Mvt
  • Advanced Tongue Blocking Part 6: "Ode to Joy"-Beethoven
  • "Badinerie"- Bach
  • "Sleepers Awake" Chorale- Bach: Low E Flat Harp
  • "Bach Invention #1" - Left Hand Part
  • "Bartok Rumanian Dance #1"
  • "Bartok Rumanian Dance #2"

Reviews for Howard Levy's Harmonica Lessons


  • "My goals when I signed up were to be able to play multiple positions and to play overblows. I can honestly say that I blew my goals out of the water! About 2 weeks ago I played an overblow and about jumped out of my seat. I haven't stopped overblowing since... It is the most fun I have EVER had playing an instrument. It is truly becoming a passion of mine. Howard inspires me to play more than any prior musician I've listened to."Tadder
  • "I think the video exchange aspect is brilliant. It's THE way to maintain on online community of players and learners."Nick
  • "I am amazed at the quantity and quality of the material here. My primary focus has been blues so far but I am now looking to expand my horizons and my understanding of the harmonica by working through Howard's lessons. I have started with the basic level of lessons on this website to firm up my foundations and I have found them enlightening. Wonderful stuff!"Brothergerr
  • "Up until now there were not many places I could to go to learn this instrument. On this site I have heard many exceptional players who are sharing their knowledge with players of all levels."dad-e-0
  • "I tried harmonica playing before but with no big success. So I decided to give this a try. I always thought of harmonica that it was more for fun than for serious playing but watching Howard’s lessons turned things upside down. And what is more important this instrument suits my current musical interests just perfectly. It’s fantastically expressive. I feel myself like I was years ago when started guitar playing. This is amazing!"Virkator
  • "I don't think I would ever have learned as much as I have in my short time of playing, without Howard. I honestly don't know what I will do with this instrument but what I do know is that I am in love with it and really really enjoy it. I am so grateful that Howard takes the time to personally respond to us."harmonikat
  • "This is as good as it gets (unless I had a one way plane ticket to Chicago and a wad of cash) and I'm glad to be a part of it."ray
  • "Howard has really expanded my view of what the diatonic harmonica is. I've been playing with some seasoned vets and they are so gracious. One gent told me he could tell I'd been practicing. Little do they know I've only scratched the surface."Cecil
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About Howard

Howard Levy is a master of harmonica. As the first person to play the diatonic harmonica as a fully chromatic instrument, Howard opened a world of new possibilities for the instrument.  After he pioneered "overblowing" and "overbending" techniques, Howard was able to journey outside the realm of traditional harmonica music and explore other genres including Jazz, Classical, Latin and other styles of World Music.

As a recording artist, Howard has played on hundreds of albums and several movie soundtracks. Aside from his prolific work as a solo performer, he is a founding member of the group Bela Fleck and The Flecktones, who in 2011 won a Grammy for the song "Life in Eleven", which Howard co-wrote. Howard also plays in the groups Trio Globo, Chévere de Chicago, Acoustic Express; and has recorded collaborations with Anthony Molinaro, Fox Fehling, Norman Savitt, Rabih Abou Khalil, and many others.

Howard has been showing people how to play harmonica since 1972 and teaching harmonica lessons online with ArtistWorks since 2009.


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