Bluegrass Harmonica Page
by Glenn Weiser

wpe1.jpg (6267 bytes) Although the harmonica is most often heard in blues and country music, it is still quite capable of playing bluegrass lead. Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, and the Stanley Brothers all used the mouth harp in their bands or recordings at one time or another.
    Here is the tab, notation, and guitar chords to several fiddle tunes often heard at bluegrass jams, and a bluegrass harmonica solo for "Going Down the Road Feeling Bad" from my book, Blues and Rock Harmonica to try. This song has been performed by everyone from Woody Guthrie to the Grateful Dead. 
Webcam lessons for bluegrass harmonica with Glenn are available via Skype

Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddle Tunes for Harmonica (PDF format)

Big Scioty Forked Deer
Bill Cheatham Gold Rush
Billy In the Low Ground June Apple
Boston Boy Ragtime Annie
Cherokee Shuffle Red Wing
Clinch Mt. Backstep Sally Goodin
Cold Frosty Morning Salt Creek
Cotton Eyed Joe Soldier's Joy
Faded Love Tennessee Waltz
Flop-Eared Mule Whiskey Before Breakfast

Watch YouTube clips of Glenn playing harmonica with bluegrass mandolin legend Frank Wakefield -10/3/07

Harmonica books by Glenn Weiser

Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddle Tunes for Harmonica  

Centerstream Publishing  (HL 231888)
A collection of 67 bluegrass and old-time fiddle tunes arranged for 10-hole diatonic harmonicas (standard Richter and Paddy Richter tunings), complete with music notation in the original fiddle keys, harmonica tablature, guitar chords and audio files. Here you will find many of the best known traditional tunes in these genres, among them: Blackberry Blossom * Bill Cheatham * Cherokee Shuffle * John Brown's Dream * Breaking Up Christmas * and more. Foreword by Charlie McCoy.                                          
$24.95. 80 pgs.


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  List of tunes

Free sample arrangement | Sample audio file Irish and American Fiddle Tunes for Harmonica
Centerstream Publishing
A complete guide to playing fiddle tunes on the 10 hole and 12 hole diatonic harmonica. Contains tips on hand position, playing instructions and techniques, as well as rhythmic patterns for the reel, jig, hornpipe and waltz. Over 100 tunes along with a CD that demonstrates several of the tunes. Ability to read music is not necessary-tab is provided. 125 pages.
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$19.95 plus shipping and handling
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  List of tunes
  Free Celtic Harmonica Tab-Samples from the book.
Reviews from Irish Music and Dirty Linen magazines.

Fiddle Tunes For Harmonica-Free Tab by Glenn
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad-Solo by Glenn
Sing Out! Magazine Harmonica Columns by Glenn

Bluegrass Harmonica  @ Yahoo Groups
Bluegrass Harmonica/Harp-L Archive
Mike Stevens -Bluegrass harmonica


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