How to Play Piano Man by Billy Joel on Harmonica? Tutorial and Tab

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In this tutorial, you'll learn how to play Piano Man by Billy Joel on harmonica with a helpful tab. Great for beginners looking to improve their skills!

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Harmonica Man, Harmonica Tablature and Note

“Piano Man” is a classic rock song by Billy Joel that was released in 1973. It has become one of Joel’s most iconic songs and is beloved by many music fans worldwide. If you’re a harmonica player, you can learn how to play “Piano Man” on the harmonica using the tablature provided. In this lesson, we’ll show you how to play this classic song on the harmonica and give you some tips on how to make it your own.

how to play piano man on the harmonica

Before we dive into the specifics of “Piano Man,” it’s essential to get some basics down. First, you need to choose the right harmonica. You’ll need a diatonic harmonica in the key of C for this song. Next, you’ll need to position your hands and mouth correctly and get comfortable with the breathing techniques used in harmonica playing.

We start by focusing on single notes, as it is easier to grasp the song’s structure, before moving on to incorporating double stops.

Billy Joel Piano man Harmonica Notes

The tablature breaks down the melody into individual notes and chords so you can learn each part of the song one step at a time. Therefore, it’s essential to practice the melody slowly and then gradually speed up as you become more comfortable with the song.



Single Note Version

Red Square = Blow Note


Green Square = Draw Note

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Double-Note Version

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Piano Man Harmonica Sheet Music

Piano Man Harmonica Tab- Billy Joel - Diatonic Harmonica

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