Long may you run

Hey Luke! Aloha man. I was hoping that you could do a video for us beginners with your Yoda like chops for the Neil Young song Long May you Run? I love the harmonica in this tune and its laid back drawn out feel. Thanks dude!

-Craig

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It’s Giday Mate from me but I’m also a beginner with the same request. Come on Luke, you know you want to. I would love to learn ‘Long May you Run’ and you are the best teacher that I have found.
Papa Curly (Craige)

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Hi again Craig
I’m sure Luke is a busy Man with too many requests to please us all.
Have you had any success finding the tabs for this song?
The opening solo especially is wicked and i would love to be able to play it well.
I have found a few conflicting sources so I’m really not sure what’s correct.
It’s not sounding quite right but that might be just my lack of talent.

Regards
Craige

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Harptabs.com is always a good place to start the search! Keep me posted…

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Thank You Luke, very kind of you to reply to me here on the other side of the earth.
I’ve found a few different posts on Harpstabs and another from George Goodman whose talent is great but his tutelage not so much; not for a beginner anyway.
One thing I have noticed about Neil Young is that he seems to play it differently every time, so it depends on which performance you’re listening to. No wonder I get confused. However, on Harpstabs there are also 3 different keys suggested. C, D & G.
I’ve been using a Special 20 in D and it sounds like the right key to me, but what do I know? For now, I’ve settled on this for the opening solo:

5 -4 4 -4 5 4
5 6 -6 -6 6 5 -4 -4
5 6 6 -6 -6 6 5
-4 4 4 -4 5
-4 -4 5 4

Hoping someone will correct me, if necessary, before I practice too long with the wrong tabs.

Regards
Craige

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Hey Craige! other than harp tabs, this video is the best ive found. He does a decent job. Good luck man!

Cheers,
Craig

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Thanks Craig,
Yes, he does a decent job of it. I’d be happy to play harmonica as well as him. He manages to play guitar at the same time. Posted the tabs too, so we can’t ask for much more than that. It’s a great tune. Hopefully I can become half good at it. Good luck to you too.

Regards
Craige

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I’ve been practicing this song and doing OK I think. Special 20 in D
Not sounding like Neil Young (or George Goodman) but at last I feel like I can play the instrument. One problem is that I run out of breath. I know I’ll never be a good musician, but I recorded myself as suggested by a few members and agree it helps a lot. I made a few adjustments after playing them back. I tried to attach a recording to get some opinions, but it seems it’s in the wrong format so would not upload. Probably just as well, I might have embarrassed myself. Anyway, I’m having fun with it and that’s good enough for me.
I’ve ordered a Golden Melody in C and looking forward to learning a tune on that.

Craige

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@PapaCurly just upload the recording to YouTube (you can keep it private if you want) and then post a link here…

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Thanks for this! I have been looking for “Long May You Run,” and also “Blood Brothers” by Bruce Springsteen. I appreciate you coming up with these tabs. A great start!

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Hi bjdas, yeah, the intro is awesome and probably it’s the one that drew me to playing harmonica. Neil Young has some great tunes; Heart of Gold is great also and Luke provides some terrific free tutelage on this forum. If you’re just beginning, I highly recommend you look at that. I’m sorry I can’t find anything for Blood Brothers but hopefully someone else can help.
Is this your first post? If so, welcome.

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Hey PapaCurly, Yes, it’s my first post and thank you. I am enjoying Luke’s lessons and also his instruction on Heart of Gold. Yeah, no luck with Blood Brothers–but it’s such a great harp solo, I’m going to keep looking.

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Aloha @bjdas - welcome to our community.

56 -56 56 -45 45 56

-56 56 -45 45 34

-34 34 -34 34

And then he just repeats that draw-blow-draw-blow rhtymn and plays with opening his moth wider to include more and more higher holes.

Hope that helps!

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Hey Luke, That’s great! I should be able to go from there. So, guessing a Harp in key of D for this? I really only have C harps (beginner) but ready to move on to other keys and not sure where to start. Thank you so much for providing those tabs, Luke! What a great guy! Love this forum.

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Yeah exactly D harp. Or you could download the Amazing Slow Downer or Transcribe! and lower the pitch of the song 2 semitones.

Links to those resources are in this post:

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