Harmonica Positions???!!! What are they? Why do we need to know them?

Sep 27, 2017 | Advanced Beginner Harmonica Lessons

Advanced Beginner Level LessonHello and welcome to this week’s harmonica lesson where I am going to try to clarify this whole ‘position’ malarkey!

You will need a C harmonica to play along (maybe also an F and G if you’re feeling feisty!!).


Playing without changing position

If I play a 12 bar blues bass line without changing position I have to use three different harmonicas…

I am using;

– C harmonica over I chord
– F harmonica over IV chord
– G harmonica over V chord

Because I am not changing position I have ended up playing 2nd position on three different harmonicas. This means I am playing exactly the same holes on each harp.

Playing with changing positions

If I play the same 12 bar blues line with different positions over each chord then I can play it all on the same harmonica…

I am using;

– C harmonica (2nd position) over I chord
– C harmonica (1st position) over IV chord
– C harmonica (3rd position) over V chord

Much easier!

Click here if you want to learn how to play the 12 bar blues bass line I am playing…

Position theory

Hopefully you now know a little bit more about positions. If you want to go deeper into the theory side of things then click here for my position lesson.

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Thank you!

Happy harping!

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