How to play Help Me by Sonny Boy Williamson

Jun 29, 2016 | Backing Track, Harp Tabs, Intermediate Harmonica Lessons, Songs

Hello and welcome to this week’s harmonica lesson. I will be showing you how to play the Sonny Boy Williamson II classic – Help Me.

For this lesson, you will need a harmonica in the key of Bb. We will be playing in 2nd position in F minor.




Minor blues in 2nd position

Because Help Me is a minor song, we need to be careful not to play certain notes. This is especially true when playing the 1-2 draw doublestop. If you accidentally play the 3 draw as well then it will sound really bad.

The reason the 3 draw does not work in this situation is because it is a ‘major 3rd’. You cannot play a ‘major 3rd’ over a minor chord.

Help me licks

Try practicing each lick individually along with the clips below.

Backing track

Once you are comfortable playing each of the licks you can try playing along with the backing track below.

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