Harmonica Train Rhythm Doubling Exercise

Below is the mp3 recording of the exercise:

Here is a challenge for you – Grab a G diatonic harmonica and play along with this recording. The metronome is set at 50 beats per minute. You can download your own PDF and MP3 of this exercise at the HotRodHarmonicas.com store for free. Enjoy!

I’ve been a big fan of using harmonica train rhythms to develop your lungs, tone, timing and increasing volume without force. You can trance out exploring endless variations of hand tone, throat and mouth tone variations, and mess with timing and swing while you are at it… This particular variation develops the ability to instantly double your speed while maintaining the same accent.

This is one of many ways of working with train rhythms. I’ll be posting more on this over the next couple of months.


  1. Carl

    February 2, 2017 - 8:20 pm

    Ain’t the one and three counts in A and B best thought of as staccato? (meaning short). And for all the articulations, glottal stops?
    just sayin’.

  2. Richard Sleigh

    February 3, 2017 - 7:29 am

    The way I think of this is that 1 & 3 are less emphasized – you can do this by shortening the length of the note or by playing 2 and 4 louder – or some combination of the two…. I looked

    At the lowest speed you can do the articulation with your diaphragm, as it speeds up it becomes throat articulation, or glottal stops – btw – here is an interesting vid on that technique – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUIRa0T0BV8

    • Andy Harl

      February 22, 2017 - 1:38 pm

      Hey Richard. I’m testing out nested comment replies. Feel free to delete this comment if you see it.

  3. MOsco

    February 16, 2017 - 3:27 pm

    Hi richard. Ive been trying to contact you to purchase your UST, but this site doesnt produce a message box when I try to email you from the website. I have sent you a couple of emails through your FB page but it doesnt even appear that it has been read yet.

    HOw can I get a hold of a UST and set of feeler Gauges. I live in southern Mexico. Thank you very much

  4. Timothy Atwell

    February 27, 2017 - 9:30 am

    What you’ve written and what you are playing do not match up. If you set your metronome at 50 bps, you are playing eighth notes to start, not quarter notes, as written. If you want to write quarter notes, you are playing at 100 bps. As written, you are accenting beats 2 and 4, but playing you are accenting 1 and 3.

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