3 Easy V-IV-I licks on blues harmonica

Apr 26, 2017 | Advanced Beginner Harmonica Lessons, Backing Track, Licks

Hello and welcome to this week’s lesson, where I will be showing you how to play 3 easy V-IV-I licks which you can use for your own blues solos.

You will need a harmonica in the key of C, and we will be playing in 2nd position in the key of G.

What is a V-IV-I?

This refers to the last four bars of a 12 bar blues which consist of the V chord for one bar, IV chord for one bar and I chord for two bars.

There is also often a turnaround in the final bar…


You can learn these licks and use them to play over the last four bars of your own blues solos. You can also learn them and then change them to be your own!

Lick 1

This lick focusses on playing the root notes of each of the chords.

tab for lick 1


Lick 2

Lick 2 follows the chord changes but also adds a nice octave jump.

tab for lick 2


Lick 3

Lick 3 doesn’t just play the root notes, instead it adds some extra tasty notes over each chord.

tab for lick 3

tab for lick 3


V-IV-I backing track

I recommend practicing these licks with the backing track on a loop.

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