Harmonica Software

The Amazing Slow Downer

  • This program will allow you to slow down a song making it easier to learn.
  • When you slow a song down the pitch of the notes will not change, just the length.
  • You will be able to run nearly any type of sound file in this program (mp3's, wav's, etc..)
  • You can also put a regular CD in your computer and play songs from it.
  • This program currently costs $39.95 and can be downloaded from Roni Music.
  • You will be able to try it out by downloading the free trial version before you decide to buy it.
  • The free version has limitations, it can't play a whole song.
  • When you open the program it will look like this:

Amazing Slow Downer

  • A sample Riff at full speed

  • The same Riff at half speed

  • The same Riff at quarter speed

 

 

 

The Bendometer

  • The Bendometer is a program created by Joel that will allow you to see when you are bending a note and how far you are bending it.
  • You can install a working version of this software for a small donation of your own choosing. Anything from $7.00 up, depending on what you think of the product after you have tried it. Just go to HarpSoft .com for the installation instructions.
  • When you open the program on your computer it will look like this:

bendometer


 

  • Now, if you take up your computer mic and play a "2 draw" on your "C" harmonica, you will notice from the screenshot below that you are playing the note "G". Blow notes are displayed above the numbers and draw notes below the numbers.

bendometer


 

  • Now if you bend the "2 draw" down to "F" (a full tone), your bendometer will look like this:

bendometer


 

  • If you are not bending the note fully your display may look something like this.

bendometer

It's that simple!


Playing with Tabs

  • When you have a tab window open It will look like this

bendometer

  • The Bendometer will display what note you are playing and which note you are to play next.

Harping Midi

Harping! Midi Player is a program created by Javier Argomedo that will convert Midi files to Harmonica Tab. You can download a working version for free. But in order to save any work you do with it, you will have to register your copy. I believe you will find that it is well worth the mere $16.00 he is asking.


How to download and install

  • To get your Harping! Midi Player you must go to http://www.harpingmidi.com/download.html
  • Then you must download the version that suits you and install it on your computer
  • When you click to download it, you may be asked if you want to save or open it, Click Save
  • When it's finsihed downloading click on the HarpingSetup file, and follow the instalation instructions.

How to use Harping Midi Player

  • Check out our Links Page for a list of MIDI sites and search engines.
  • As an example of a midi file to work with, right click desperado-in-g.mid, save it, and open it in "Harping Midi"
  • When you open desperado-in-g.mid in HarpingMidi it will look like this:

harping midi

  • Press play just to see how things work and then open the Mixer Window which will look like this:

harping midi

  • What you need to do now is find the melody track.
  • You can use the Mixer Window to mute different tracks. You can also hide tracks from the music staff which will help you determin which is the melody track.
  • With the following Mixer configuration you will notice that the Clarinet track is the melody track and the one you need tab for.

harping midi

  • Our MIDI file is in the key of "G" and our tab is for a "C" harmonica. So you can now play Desperado (starting on 3 draw) in Second Position on your "C" harmonica by following the tab.
  • However if you open the the "Diatonic Harmonica Viewer" and check the "Show Stats" box you will notice that there are 37 bends and 5 overblows in this tab.

harping midi

  • This is goin to make parts of the song difficult to play. So we need to experiment with it to improve the playability.
  • Click: Tools > Transpose > All full octave Up

harping midi

  • Now our tab starts on "draw 7" and only has 5 bends according to the stats. But you may find that this is a little high pitched, so we'll connvert it to be played on an "A" Harmonica.
  • Change the Harmonica key to "A" and transpose the MIDI file down 3 semitones from "G" to "E"
  • You will need to click "All half step Down" 3 times to get to "E" which is second position on an "A" Harmonica.

harping midi

  • Now that our song is a lot more playable we can create the Tab Track.
  • Click: Tools > Transpose > Create Tablature Text Track.
  • You will now see your tab track at the bottom of the page.
  • You should create your tab track when viewing the melody track only, because the program will create tab for all tracks together if you let it.

harping midi

Note:

This is an good song for demonstrating how to use the Harping Midi program, but it is still quite a difficult song to learn if you are new to Harmonica. You may want to learn some easier songs first, before tackeling this one.

Harmonica Software

From this page I am going to explain some of the computer programs available that will help us learn to play harmonica. I have found the following three programs very useful. So, I have built a small tutorial for each.

It should be noted that HarmonicaClub.com is not affiliated with any of these software venders. If you have any problems with a particular product you should contact the relevant vendor. If you are just looking for tips on how to use a program the members in the HarmonicaClub.com Forum may be able to help you.