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Great Songs to Play on Harmonica

Here's a great performance of "Amazing Grace" on harmonica that Howard Levy did at the annual SPAH convention where he won the Harmonica Player of the Year award in 2010:

Other Traditional Harmonica Songs

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These songs are all widely known melodies and popular to play on harmonica. For anyone interested, you can learn all of these and more in the Basic Harmonica section of Howard Levy's harmonica lessons at ArtistWorks. 

Since harmonica sounds so earthy, it easily fits with rural styles such as Americana, Country and Folk music. Several Folk/Rock artists of the sixties included the instrument in their recordings, with Bob Dylan being the most prominent. Although not the most technical player, some of Dylan's classics with harmonica include "Blowin' In the Wind," "The Times They Are a Changin'" and "I Want You." 

Aside from being a great instrument for playing blues, harmonica has widely been used in popular music for a long time now. Here's a few great pop songs that feature harmonica:

One of the most memorable hit recordings featuring harmonica is "Heart of Gold" by Neil Young. Here's a classic performance from 1971 where Neil digs around in his pocket first to find the right harmonica in the key of G. This was before Howard Levy discovered the overblow technique that enables you to play in all keys on any diatonic harmonica - he can teach you that too in his lessons at ArtistWorks. 

 
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