I am trying to workout the G harp tabs for the flute intro on "Goin up Country" by Canned Heat. Can anyone help?
The original is in Bb, which would be hard to match on a G harp.
The easiest way to play this in Bb would be on an Eb harmonica. You could use the same tab to play it in D on a G harmonica.
I'll use hole numbers and B for blow, D for draw.
The first little flurry of notes would be 6B 6D 7d 8D
Then 6D 7D 6D 4D 5B 6B.
Most of the rest of it uses those two licks. Play around with it and see what you come with.
Hi everyone, i an looking for a bit of guidance for the tab of "green onion". If anyone can get me going in the right direction it would be helpful and very much appreciated. Why green onion? Don't know exactly. But you have to admit, play in in your head on the harmonica and it is a wicked tune. I think i am close, but still not hitting it correctly. I am pretty sure it is a straight 12 bars blue format too. Cheers.
Sonny Williamson II used the 1962 "Green Onions" groove for his 1963 classic "Help Me." And yes, both are standard 12-bar blues.
The signature bass riff doesn't play well in second position, at least in the middle register, because you'd need an overblow in Hole 4 to play the riff when it occurs on the IV chord. You could, however, use third position, which would allow you to play the riff on all three main chords. That said, Sonny Boy uses second position (Bb harp played in F), but then he never plays the signature riff.
That signature riff can be found in various John Lee Hooker tunes, and a very similar riff was used for Canned Heat's one-chord tune "On the Road Again," a few years later.