How To Play HARVEST MOON on Guitar and Harmonica

by George on March 6, 2014

in Music Lessons, Play Songs On Guitar and Harmonica, Song Lessons

Harest Moon – Quick Facts

The song Harvest Moon is the title track from the album Harvest Moon, released in October, 1992.
The album Harvest Moon is often thought of as a sequel to Harvest due to the fact the album was recorded in Nashville with many of the musicians that played on Harvest including Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar, Kenny Buttrey on drums, and Tim Drummond on bass.

Harvest Moon Guitar Backing Track

If you’re looking for a guitar track to play or sing along with, here it is.
Just guitar, no vocals or harmonica.

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Guitar Chords, Lyrics, Harmonica Tabs

Harvest Moon music and lyrics are property and copyright of their owners and provided for educational purposes and personal use only.
The following is my transcription of my version of this awesome song.

Intro – Riff 1
Dadd9 Drop D TuningD6add9DM7 Drop D Tuning

Verse 1
Em7 Drop D TuningD Major Drop D TuningDM7 Drop D TuningA6 Drop D TuningD Drop D Tuning
Come a little bit closer, hear what I have to say.
Just like children sleepin, we could dream this night away.

Verse 2
G Major Drop D TuningDadd9 Drop D TuningD6add9DM7 Drop D Tuning

But there’s a full moon risin, lets go dancin in the Light
We know where the musics playin, lets go out and feel the night

Because I’m still in love with you, I wanna see you dance again
Because I’m still in love with you. on this harvest moon.

Riff 1 – 4x

Verse 3
When we were strangers I watched you from afar.
When we were lovers I loved you with all my heart.

Verse 4
But now it’s gettin late and the moon is climbin high.
I wanna celebrate, see it shinin in your eye.


Riff 1 – 4x
Harmonica Solo
Em7 Drop D TuningD Major Drop D TuningDM7 Drop D TuningA6 Drop D TuningD Drop D Tuning

5 5 5 6 6 -6 -7
5 5 6 6 -6 -6 6 7 -7

G Major Drop D TuningDadd9 Drop D TuningD6add9DM7 Drop D Tuning

6 6 5 6 -6 5
6 6 5 6 6 7 -7 6 5 -4

Riff 1 Repeat …

Harp N Guitar Music Lessons

Musical Instruments and Recording Equipment

Takamine Acoustic-Electric EG Series Guitar
Takamine Acoustic Electric EG
During Harvest Moon I am playing a Takamine Electric Acoustic EG series guitar similar to the one pictured here.
It has a solid spruce top with nato back and sides and a rosewood fretboard with abalone fret markers.
The built-in Takamine TK-40 preamp features EQ Bypass, Notch Filter, Mid Contour, Bass, Mid, Treble and Gain in addition to a built-in electronic tuner.
This guitar performs great and records great.

Hohner 560 Special 20 Harmonica G

Hohner Special 20 Harmonicas
I’m using a Hohner Special 20 in the key of G for Harvest Moon

Hohner Harmonica Neck Holder

Hohner Harp HolderA comfortable and properly fitting harmonica holder is a must for hands free harmonica playing. This
Hohner Harmonica Neck Holder
works great for me.
Another harmonica holder that you may want to try that has gotten great reviews is the
Lee Oskar Harmonica Holder
. You can also check out other harmonica holders on my George’s Harp Shop page.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

John Austin June 19, 2015 at 9:07 am

Excellent video and lesson. I will have to give it a try. I just got a G
harmonica for the heart of gold song and I am glad to see this song also
uses the G harp. It has been tough playing the guitar and harp at the same
time but sounds awesome when it is done right. Thanks for the video!!


Keith Day June 15, 2015 at 1:02 am

Thanks George.Great lesson for me.


Danilo Massarone February 19, 2015 at 7:32 pm



Elmer Wade February 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Great job on your website and thanks for all your efforts in putting all this info together.
Keep spreading your love for music George.


1after909 January 20, 2015 at 8:34 pm

great lesson george…. one thing i do is always hit the low E string ( D)
before riff one… thanks for taking the time w/ all the lessons…
looking forward to watching more


Diane Deleasa August 30, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Thanks for showing me how to play harvest moon on guitar and harmonica. I
was a big hit at my last jam session.



cripzrus June 12, 2014 at 2:23 am

Great lesson George….just what Im looking for. Coming over to sign up for
your lessons.


Fakhry A. Mostafa May 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

Thank you Mr. George..
great Lesson.


charles oppman May 27, 2014 at 8:28 am

George you have helped my harp playing soooo much. It’s helped my be able
to sit in with local bands. your vids are awesome Bro!


Richard Harvey May 11, 2014 at 11:59 am

Are you sure that the first half of the harp solo is over Em7? Sounds like the G to me :)


1gars2marseille April 4, 2014 at 3:04 am

Super george ! Merci :-)


MrMontonman March 18, 2014 at 2:44 am

Fantastic as usual george


Big Al March 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Hey George…
Fantastic, fantastic video!!
Gosh… where have you been over the last 12 years with these instructional vids!!
Started playing with a new band and this is one of their songs.


Vaughn Maurice March 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Killer tune, killer lesson! Thanks George!


SuperSneakyOwl March 7, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Nice :)


frank armenia March 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

excellent lesson. thank you


Barefeet200 March 7, 2014 at 6:46 am

Holy Cow George, what a wonderful tutorial. You explained the rhythm and
timing so clearly. Thanks man. Much enjoyed and appreciated.


Ashley Bell March 7, 2014 at 2:56 am

Thanks George. Good lesson.


PalmnutRalph March 6, 2014 at 7:52 pm

Well nailed George. Thanks for helping me to play this. Very much


Kat Popa March 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Heck ya ur awesome 😀


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