Chromatic harmonica transcriptions

imageChromatic Harmonica

Transcriptions of chromatic harmonica recordings


Full instructions are provided here

The following chromatic harmonica transcription files are available:
  • Note You need to download the Transcribe! software before you can use the download files (see 'Basic instructions' on the right). You can use the YouTube videos instead, but they don't allow you to loop or slow down the songs
  • Check the 'Chromatic tablature' on the right
Click the artist name for information on the player, click download to retrieve the transcription files

- Bluesette: Toots Thielemans (instr), C chromatic

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Dixon of Dock Green Theme: Tommy Reilly (instr), C chromatic

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - East Of The Sun: Toots Thielemans (instr), C chromatic

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - For Once In My Life: Stevie Wonder (solo), C chromatic

  • >>> YouTube video (no download as copyright permission not yet received)
  • - Navy Lark Theme: Tommy Reilly (instr), C chromatic

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (instr): Antonio Serrano, C chromatic:

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video
  • - Sophisticated Lady: Larry Adler (instr), C chromatic

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - Summertime: Larry Adler (instr), C chromatic

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - There Must Be An Angel (solo): Stevie Wonder, C chromatic

  • >>> YouTube video (no download as copyright permission not yet received)
  • - Yesterday: Julian Jackson (instr), C chromatic

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video

  • Blues Chromatic

    - Blowing Like Hell: William Clarke (instr), Bb chromatic (Transcribe! file raised pitch by whole tone so can use C chromatic)

  • download (used with permission) >>> YouTube video
  • - Diamonds At Her Feet: Little Walter (solo), C chromatic

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video
  • - I'm Ready: Little Walter (solo), C chromatic

  • download (public domain) >>> YouTube video

  • Song types

    intro = the harmonica intro on the song

    solo = the harmonica solo from the song

    instr = a full or part harmonica instrumental song

    full = full song

    Basic instructions

    • 1. Download the Transcribe! software (Note: there is a 30 day free trial, then you have to purchase, current cost $39)
    • 2. Download the song you want to learn from the left
    • 3. Open the Transcribe! file (.xsc) in the Transcribe! software
    • 4. Import the song downloaded (.mp3) into the Transcribe! software
    • Full instructions are provided here
    • Alternatively, you can use the YouTube videos, but they don't allow you to loop or slow down the songs

    Chromatic tablature

    Number, e.g. 6 = hole to be played

    b = blow

    d = draw

    1 following number + b/d, e.g. 3d1 = 3 draw, slide in

    Numbers grouped together >9, e.g. 10, 11, 12 = those holes on 12 hole chromatic

    Numbers grouped together in brackets, e.g. (2d,3d), (5b,6b,7b) = chord, play notes shown together

    Numbers grouped together without a space following comma, e.g. 3d,3d1 = notes played in quick succession (often first note is grace note)

    x3 or x4, etc. = play 3 or 4 times. You get the idea

    trill = rapidly playing between the two holes shown, e.g. "4d~5d trill"

    octave, e.g. 3-7b = play 3b and 7b with tongue blocking 4b,5b,6b

    gliss = glissando: quickly slide up or down harmonica, as shown

    vib = vibrato (there's various types, just play what you hear)

    Note With chromatic harmonica there is a choice between the repeat notes, e.g. 4d1, 4b, 5b: my preference is shown but feel free to use your own preference


    Just play along with the transcription files: you'll soon get the hang of them!


    Disclaimer

    The transcriptions provided on this website are entirely my own work. They are not endorsed by the artists and they do not claim to be 100% accurate. They are to be used as a guide on what notes to play. The idea is to play the tablature shown in the marked sections along with the music within the Transcribe! file, copying the various effects and inflections applied by the harmonica player.
    Read the instructions.
    If you want to suggest amendments to the files, please Contact me.

    Note on copyright of songs

    The material on this website is for educational purposes only. The providing of mp3 recordings to this end is made under the principle of 'fair use'.
    Playing along with the original recordings is essential in using these transcriptions. Hence they are supplied along with the transcription files. To minimise the impact of potential copyright issues only the harmonica solo or introduction is provided in most cases. Full songs are provided where the song is a complete harmonica instrumental.
    Permission has been sought, where possible. Where permission is granted, this is marked with "used with permission". The songs marked "public domain" are copyright free under UK law, with the recording being older than 50 years. Any of the artists or copyright owners can request to have their material removed from this site by contacting me.
    It is hoped that the transcriptions shown here will be an introduction to the various artists, and you subsequently go ahead and buy as many of their songs as you can!





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