Harmonica Songs: Top Songs For Your Pocket-Sized Instrument!

harmonica songsImagine being able to play a song from an instrument that can fit right into your pocket!  With a harmonica, you can do just that.  Harmonicas are such small and versatile instruments that they are easily overlooked for playing music.  A lot of people do not think that these little wind instruments can play actual chords, or full, unaccompanied songs for that matter.  Today, we are going to show you how to prove them wrong with these beautiful and classic songs that you can play on a harmonica!

Get a beginner-to-intermediate guide to playing the harmonica here.

Amazing Grace

Serenade a group of people with this soulful song:

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Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,

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That saved a__ wretch like me.

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I once was lost but no-w am__ found,

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Was blind, but now I see.

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T’was Grace that taught my heart to fear.

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And Grace, my_ fears relieved.

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How precious did that Grace appear

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The hour I__ first believed.

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Through many_ dangers, toils and snares

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I have al-ready come;

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‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far

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and Grace will lead me home.

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When we’ve been here ten thousand years

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Bright shining as the sun.

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We’ve no_ less days to sing God’s praise

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Than when we’ve first begun.

The harmonica is actually a great instrument for playing the blues, as well!

Piano Man

Take this Elton John and Billy Joel classic to a more compact level:

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its nine o-clock on a sa-turday

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the regular crowd shuffles in

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theres an old man sitting next to me

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making love to his tonic and gin

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he says son can you play me a memory

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im not really sure how it goes

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but its sad and its sweet and I knew it complete

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when I wore a younger mans clothes

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da – da – da – de – de – d-a

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da – da – de – de – da – da – da

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sing us a song

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you’re the piano man

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sing us a song tonight

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well were all in the mood for a melody

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and you’ve got us feeling alright.

Happy Birthday

Be prepared for anyone’s once a year celebration by learning this memorable tune:

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Hap-py birth-day to you,

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Hap-py birth-day to you,

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Hap-py birth-day to ___ ___

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Hap-py birth-day to you.

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

If you are a daydreamer, this song will suit you and your harmonica perfectly!

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1.some-where o-ver the rain-bow

2.some-where o-ver the rain-bow

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1.way up high

2.skies are blue

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1.there’s a land

2.and the dreams

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1.that i heard of

2.that you dare to dream

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1.once in a lull-a-by

2.real-ly do come true

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some-day i’ll wish up-on a star

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and wake up where

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the clouds are be-hind me

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where trou-bles melt like le-mon drops

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a-way a-bove the chim-ney tops

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that’s where you’ll find me

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some-where o-ver the rain-bow

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blue-birds fly

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birds fly o-ver the rain-bow

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why,then why,can’t i ?

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if hap-py lit-tle blue-birds fly

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beyond the rain-bow

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why,oh why,can’t i ?

Frozen – Let it Go

harmonicasongsThis song might not be a classic yet, but it sure is popular right now!  Here is the chorus to Frozen’s “Let it Go”:

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well now they know

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let it go

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let it go

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can’t hold back anymore

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let it go

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let it go

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turn away and slam the door

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I dont care

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what their going to say

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let the storm rage on

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the cold never bothered me anyway

Tips For Playing Beautiful Music

Before you start blowing away some tunes, here are some tips that might come in handy:

  • Pucker your lips as if you are whistling to hit a single note strongly.
  • Use your diaphragm to control your airflow when blowing into your harmonica.
  • Be fluid with transitioning from one note to another.  This takes practice, but you will get it over time!
  • Have a clean mouth when you play.  If you have just finished eating or drinking, rinse your mouth out or brush your teeth to avoid damaging or dirtying your harmonica.

Play Away!

Now that you have a few harmonica songs to practice with, you will get a feel for the versatility and adaptability that this small and compact instrument has to offer.  As you get started playing your tunes, remember that there are plenty of courses over at Udemy.com taught by professional Harmonica instructors who are skilled at their craft, and intend to make you just as knowledgeable.  We cannot wait to hear what songs you will learn on your journey!