Happy Birthday single notes exercise

Happy Birthday - Lip Pucker Practice

Let's work on playing single notes using the lip pucker technique while learning the song 'Happy Birthday'.

Difficulty: Beginner

Lesson Length: 3:36

Instructor: George Goodman

Every self-respecting musician should know how to play Happy Birthday. Learn it here while working on single notes with the lip pucker.

 

Hohner Special 20

Hohner Special 20 in C
In this lesson, as in most of the lessons, I am playing a Hohner Special 20 in the key of C.

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Single Note Practice

Lip Pucker and Happy Birthday

I am using my C harmonica and Happy Birthday starts on blow 6 so let’s start there.
If you put the harmonica in your mouth without puckering your upper lip then you will play more than one hole when blowing or drawing. If you pucker out your top lip though you can form a channel in your lip that only allows one hole to sound. Try it out in a mirror and form a channel by puckering out the top lip.

Now let’s practice the single note lip pucker technique to the song Happy Birthday.

6 6 -6 6 7 -7
6 6 -6 6 -8 7
6 6 9 8 7 -7 -6
-9 -9 8 7 -8 7

There’s Happy Birthday. Now if you carry a harmonica with you, you can lead the sing-a-long at the next birthday party.
Work on those single notes and control your breath from deep down and I’ll see you in the next lesson.

Cheers, George

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