Learn G Harmonica Notes

Ok so you just got a G harmonica and you want to know what harmonica notes it has. Harmonica Notes feels your pain. You want to learn to play harmonica but how, oh god, how do you do it? I have an answer for you. I surfed around the internet, looked through books and bugged the guys at the harmonica store and got you guys a few things.

First comes the harmonica notes

OVERBLOW Bb Bb Db F
BLOWBEND1 F
BLOWBEND2 Bb Db Gb
BLOW G B D G B D G B D G
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
DRAW A D Gb A C E Gb A C E
DRAWBEND1 Ab Db F Ab Eb
DRAWBEND2 C E
DRAWBEND3 Eb
OVERDRAW Ab Eb Ab


Having the harmonica notes doesn’t do much for you unless you can read music so I will also have a harmonica tab for you to.

Harmonica Tabs

Ok so Maybe I will dig up a few G harmonica tabs. Here we go.

FIrst a few Bob Dylan songs

It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4
Well, I ride on a mailtrain, babe,
5 5 -4 4
Can’t buy a thrill.
5 5 4 5 5 4 4
Well, I’ve been up all night, babe,
5 5 5 5 5 -4 4
Leanin’ on the window sill.
6 6 6 6
Well, if I die
-5 -5 -5 -5 6
On top of the hill
-5 5 5 5 5 4
And if I don’t make it,
5 5 5 5 -4 4
You know my baby will.

6 6 6 6 6 4 4
Don’t the moon look good, mama,
5 5 5 -4 4
Shinin’ through the trees?
5 5 4 5 5 4 4 4
Don’t the brakeman look good, mama,
5 5 5 5 5 -4 4
Flagging down the “Double E”?
6 6 6 6 6
Don’t the sun look good
-5 -5 -5 -5 -5 6
Goin’ down over the sea?
-5 5 5 5 4
Don’t my gal look fine
5 5 5 -4 5 -4 4
When she’s comin’ after me?

6 6 6 6 6 6 4 4
Now the wintertime is coming,
5 5 5 5 5 -4 4
The windows are filled with frost.
5 5 4 5 5 4 4 4
I went to tell everybody,
5 5 5 5 5 -4 4
But I could not get across.
6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Well, I wanna be your lover, baby,
-5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 6
I don’t wanna be your boss.
-5 5 5 5 5 5 4
Don’t say I never warned you
5 5 5 -4 4
When your train gets lost.

Song: Idiot Wind

-5 -5 -5 -5 6 -5 -5
Someone’s got it in for me,
6 6 6 6 6 6 5 6
they’re planting stories in the press
-5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 -5 6 -5 -5
Whoever- it is I- wish they’d cut it out
-5 6 6 6 -5 5 -5 5 6 4
but when they will I can only guess.
-6 -6 -6 -7 -6 6 6 -7
They say I shot a man named Gray
5 -5 6 -6 -5 6 5 4
and took his wife to Italy,
-6 -6 -7 -6 6 6 -7 6 -7
She inherited- a million bucks
5 -5 6 -6 -5 6 4 4
and when she died it came to me.
5 5 6 5 5 4 4 -4
I can’t help it if I’m lucky.

-5 -5 -5 -5 6 -5 -5
People see me all the time
-5 6 6 6 6 6 6 -5 5 6 4
and they just can’t remember how to act
-5 -5 -5 -5 -5 6 -5 7
Their minds are filled with big ideas,
6 6 6 -5 5 -7 6 6 4
images and distorted facts.
-6 -6 7 -7 5 6
Even- you, yesterday
5 -5 6 -6 -5 6 4 4 4
you had to ask me where it was at,
6 -6 -6 -6 -7 6 6 6 6 -7
I couldn’t believe after all these years,
-5 -5 -5 6 5 6 5 4 4
you didn’t know me better than that
5 4 -4
Sweet lady.

6 5 4 4
Idiot wind,
-6 -6 -6 -6 -6 6 6 6 6 4
blowing every time you move your mouth,
-6 -6 -6 -6 -6 6 6 5 -4
Blowing down the backroads headin’ south.
6 5 4 4
Idiot wind,
-6 -6 -6 -6 -6 6 6 5 6 4
blowing every time you move your teeth,
5 -5 6 5 4 4
You’re an idiot, babe.
5 -5 6 6 6 6 6 -5 5 -4 4
It’s a wonder that you still know how to breathe.

And now Aint No Sunshine

-3′ 4 -4 -5 5 5 4 -4
Ain’t no sun-shine when she’s gone

-3′ 4 -4 -5 5 4 -4
It’s not warm when she’s a-way

-4 -4 -5 -6 6 -6 -6 6
Ain’t no sun-shine when she’s gone

-4 6 -5 -4 4 -4 -4 4
And she’s al-ways gone too long

-5 6 -5 -4 4 -4 -4
A-ny time she goes a-way

Won-der this time where she’s gone
Won-der if she’s gone to stay
Ain’t no sun-shine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home
A-ny time she goes a-way

-3′ 4 -4 4 -4 4 -4 4 -4 -3′
And I know, I know, I know, I know

4 -4 4 -5 4 -4 -3′ 4 -4
I know, I know, I know, I know

4 -4 4 -4 4 -4 4 -5
I know, I know, I know, I know

4 -4 -3′ 4 -4 4 -4 4 -4
I know, I know, I know, I know

4 -4 4 -4 4 -4 4 -5
I know, I know, I know, I know

4 -4 4 -4 4 -4 4 -4 (or sumthin’… 🙂 )
I know, I know, I know, I know

-5 -6 -6 -6 -6 7 7 -6 6
Hey I’ll leave the young thing a-lone

-5 6 -5 -4 -6 6 6 -5 -4
But ain’t no sun-shine when she’s gone

Now go out and play

You have everything you need to get out there and play your new G Harmonica. If you happen to have forgot to buy one We can fix that too. Try a Nice Hohner Harmonica Blues Harp is my favorite.

Harmonica tabs from Harp Tabs. Great sites, thanks guys!

15 Replies to “Learn G Harmonica Notes”

    1. Hello Eric!I’ve been through your viedos and I must say is the BEST harmonica tutorial I have found in the Internet. It’s very nice of you making it!Regards Sla

    1. Hey Milton from sweden, thanks for stopping by! I am not a music publisher so I am not tooled up for writing and posting musical notation, sorry about that. Besides, my site is a journal of my NOTES on learning harmonica and not a site about musical notation. Besides, tabs are the most common musical notation on the internet and in the books I have read. If you let me know what kind of music you want notes for, I can recommend a good book or two.
      Thanks for the comment and enjoy the site!

  1. hey, I’d like to know, if there’s a very big difference if i play your tabs on C harmonica? I’m absolutely green at it but I’m sooo eager to learn Ain’t no sunshine :>

    1. Not really, the note structure from diatonic harmonica to diatonic harmonica is the same. The only time you will run into problems with having the wrong key is if you are playing along with music or another harmonica in a different key. I have noticed that some stuff sounds a little weird when you play in a different key but it’s not common. Besides, when you do get a G harmonica you will already know how to play it.

  2. i want to know the notes on the harmonica, like what note the first hole is when blown into and when it is inhaled? and i think thats what milton wanted to know.

  3. Hey “The Islander” You are running into a different problem. I lost my image that I had up for the notes. He was looking for classic notation for the songs. Thanks for bringing this up to me, I will have the issue fixed and have a new set of G Harmonica Notes in the post in a little while.

    1. Thanks Erik for isntilling the biascs. The foundation is the most important part of any structure, including musical talent. Thanks for taking the time to do this and I look forward to more videos in the near future.marv

  4. Don’t make a big deal out of C-Harmonica and G-Harmonica, as at the end of the day the holes are the same, i.e. holes 1 to 10.

    Good work Erik

  5. Thank you. I enjoy your tabs of the G Major Harmonica scale. I am a old sixty two year old (aways learning) musician. I like the music theories and just started learning the C Major and G major harmonicas. Thanks, for your sharing.

    1. Hi Eric,greetings from overseas. I have seen your Learn Harmonica In 30 Days and thats the best vieods to learn harp i seen on the internet, and i watch a lot, the good, the bad and the funny ones. But no ones give me the push in the right direction until i see your vieods. Thank you alot for that.regards Rigoletto

  6. I want to buy a 10 hole chromatic harmonica in key of G (because I like the tone ) where can I get one. Plenty of cheap ones in C but I really want a NEW Cheapish G. I have played ., Mainly for my own pleasure, for a few years and really want to start again. Please help.
    Bob Hayward

    1. Aim for a $30-$40 price point. That will get you a good harmonica of any brand. I Personally like Hohner Blues Harp. Special 20, Marine Band ETC are also good Hohner harps. That being said, There are other good harps out there.

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