Learn to play awesome 12 bar blues harmonica solos
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Learn to play awesome 12 bar blues harmonica solos

Turbo charge your solos! Get better fast
4.1 (10 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
71 students enrolled
Created by Fredrik Hertzberg
Last updated 1/2020
English [Auto]
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This course includes
  • 40 mins on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 15 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Play great solos that support the chord structure of the 12 bar blues.
  • Add elements to your solos that create excitement, such as repetition, dynamics and tension/release.
  • Understand what changes to make to your playing to play lesser comon variations of the 12 bar blues.
  • You should be able to play clean single notes on the harmonica.
  • You need a diatonic harmonica in the key of C major.
  • Bending skills are not required but an advantage.

Take the guess work out of playing great solos, learn solid techniques that improve your improvisation skills by 100%!

Playing great solos is probably the most desirable thing for blues harmonica players. It is deceptively easy to begin playing solos but to take it to the next level you need to understand how great solos are built up.

In this course you will learn how to play great blues harmonica solos over the 12 bar blues progression. You will start with very few rules for your first solos and add more musical elements as you become more profficient. Blues harmonica solos can have very free form but choosing appropriate tones that support the chord progression as well as creating tension and release, using repetition wisely, adding dynamics and rests make a big difference in how the solo is perceived.

If you want to become a great harmonica player and play great solos, this is the course for you!

Sign up today to start your journey to becomming a great blues harmonica soloist!

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner student who wants to learn to play solos.
  • Intermediate student who already can play some solos but wants to play more musically.
Course content
Expand all 27 lectures 40:29
+ Welcome!
3 lectures 03:54

Overview of the course.

Preview 01:00

A few best practices to follow to get the most out of this course.

Preview 02:41

This lecture will help you understand tabulature and the notation used in this course.

+ The 12-bar blues progression
3 lectures 04:47

Explanantion of the 12 bar blues structure.

What is 12 bar blues?

Explanantion on why the 12 bar blues is so popular.

The Power of the 12 bar Blues

After this lecture you will understand how a shuffle is played.

+ Your first solo
4 lectures 04:41

Understand what second position is.

Second position

Understand why second position is so popular.

The dirty little secret of 2nd position

An example of how a second position solo might sound.

Solo example 2nd position

Understand why the V-chord might give you some problems and how to solve it.

Quick tip for the V-chord
Practice playing solos in second position using a minimal number of rules.
Second position solo practice
1 question
+ The blues scale
3 lectures 03:54

Undertand what a scale is.

What is a scale?

Learn the blues scale on your harmonica.

The blues scale in 2nd position

Example of how a blues scale solo might sound.

Solo example blues scale
Practice palying solos using the blues scale.
Blues scale solo practice
1 question
+ Chord tone approach
5 lectures 07:29

Understand how chords are built up.

Quick primer on chords

Understand which tones make up the chords.

Preview 03:47

Example of how a chord tone solo might sound.

Solo example chord tones

Understand how the flat seventh can be used to communicate with other musicians.

Marking chord changes

A refelction on might you might have discovered while practicing.

Comments on chord tone solos vs blues scale solo

A qucik quiz on the concepts so far.

Quiz on chord tones, second position and the blues scale
3 questions
Practice playing solos using chords tones.
Chord tone solo practice
1 question
+ Creating tension and release
3 lectures 05:18

Understand why you need passing tones and blue notes.

Passing tones and blue notes

Learn where to find passing tones and blue notes for the chords.

Preview 02:44

Example of what a solo using passing tones and blue notes might sound like.

Solo example passing tones and blue notes
Practice playing solos using passing tones and blues notes.
Passing tone and blue note solo practice
1 question
+ Solo structure
4 lectures 07:00

Understand how you can effectively biuld up your solos.

The value of repetition

Understand why a pause might make what you play sound even better.

Pauses and rests

Understand a very underused element of blues solos.


An example bringing it all together.

Solo example repetition, pauses and dynamics
Practice playing solos using all concepts taught in the course.
Final solo practice
1 question
+ 12-bar blues variations
1 lecture 02:12

Understand some basic variations of the 12 bar blues you might come across.

12 bar blues variations
+ Wrap-up
1 lecture 01:13

Some thoughts on what you might do next.

Where to go from here