A professional musician friend once said to me: "It's all in there, everything you need to know is on the records."
I've since learned how true this is. The best way to learn music is to play music. And the best people to learn from is straight from the source: the artists you admire and (obsessively) listen to.
Although not the only method, playing along with records, aka playing by ear, is critical to learning to play the harmonica. It's a tradition passed down over the years.
That is at the heart of this website.
This website offers harmonica transcriptions, written as tablature into the software Transcribe! played along with the actual harmonica recordings. Follow three simple steps:
1. Download the transcription and harmonica recording from the diatonic or chromatic pages shown on the left
2. Open the downloaded files in the Transcribe! software
3. Follow the tablature in Transcribe! to learn to play the songs
PS. There are YouTube videos you can follow for each song, but this is more limited
You learn songs by playing along and taking the time to memorize all or part of them: a little guidance from these transcriptions helps! I would also encourage you to transcribe songs yourself. It's a great way to learn.
The tabs on this site are offered for free.
Beyond the instructions provided, you're on your own. This requires some basic computing skills.