Off the Wall Harp Tab

"Off the Wall" by Little Walter. This is the first verse. It is often said that Off the Wall has everything you need to be good at blues harp.


By clicking on the options here you can see how the tab looks in a other positions and places on the harp. Please note that octaves that utilize the three hole blow and two hole draw are using the same note, these octaves may not transpose correctly since it is impossible to blow and draw at the same time - at least for me.

Cross Harp

Second Position - low octave (the default)
Second Position - Middle Range

Second Position - High Range
Straight Harp

First Position - low octave
First Position - Middle Range

First Position - High Range
Slant Harp

Third Position - low octave
Third Position - Middle Range

Third Position - High Range

Tab Guide:

Blow notes have an arrow pointing towards the circle:

Draw notes have an arrow pointing away from the circle:

Bent notes have a bent arrow. The degree of bend indicates the note for those holes with more than one bend in them.

3 Draw - first bend:

3 Draw - second bend:

3 Draw - third bend:

Blow bend and overblows work the same way:




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