Harmonica great Little Walter’s song “Juke” is one of the best and easiest to perform examples of the tongue blocking technique. If you haven’t heard the song, Go and get it right now! Juke is a song every harmonica player should know.
I will be creating releasing a lesson on how to play “Juke” including Little Walter’s solos but here is a taste in the meantime.
Juke by Little Walter Jacobs opening harmonica lick:
(- =draw, + = blow)
2 3 4 5 3 3
– – – + + +
That’s it! easy huh?
The tongue blocking part is the last 2 notes the 3/6 split.
Simply cover holes 4 and 5 with the tip of your tongue and use the sides of your mouth to blow through holes 3 and 6.
This will take some practice so go slowly and work up to speed gradually.
Note that there are no bent notes in the Juke melody. Simply use blow and draw techniques to play it.