How To Play LET IT BE on Harmonica

by George on March 24, 2014

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

The Beatles and Let It Be


Quick Facts

Let It Be was released as a single in March, 1970 and then remixed and included on the album, Let It Be.
The lyric, ‘Mother Mary’, is a reference to Paul McCartney’s mother Mary and not a biblical reference.
Let It Be won an Academy Award in 1971 for best Original Song Score for the documentary Let It Be film.


Sheet Music

(Guitar Recorded Versions). Note-for-note guitar transcriptions with tab for all 12 tracks from this monumental 1970 release The Beatles’ final group album. Includes Let It Be * Across the Universe * Dig a Pony * Dig It * For You Blue * Get Back * I Me Mine * I’ve Got a Feeling * The Long and Winding Road * Maggie Mae * One After 909 * Two of Us

Lyrics, Harmonica Tabs

Let It Be 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. If you want how the author intended, check out the links above.

LET IT BE – The Beatles

Lyrics and Harmonica Tabs

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Yeah there will be an answer, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Ah let it be, yeah let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be
I wake up to the sound of music,
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, yeah let it be
Oh there will be an answer, let it be

Let it be, let it be
Let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

Harmonica Tabs – lower register
3 3 3 3 -3bb 2 3 3 4 -4
5 5 5 -4 -4 4 4
5 5 -5 5 5 -4 5 -4 -4 4

3 3 3 -3bb 4 3 3
4 -4 -4 5 5 -4 -4 4 4
5 5 -5 5 5 -4 5 -4 -4 4

5 -4 4 5 6 -6 6
6 6 5 -4 4 -3bb 3 5 4
5 5 -5 5 5 -4
5 -4 -4 4

Harmonica Tabs – higher register
6 6 6 6 -6 5 6 6 7 -8
8 8 8 -8 -8 7 7
8 8 -9 8 8 -8 8 -8 -8 7

6 6 6 -6 7 6 6
7 -8 -8 8 8 -8 -8 7 7
8 8 -9 8 8 -8 9 -8 -8 7

8 -7 7 8 9 -10 9
9 9 8 -8 7 -6 6 8 7
8 8 -9 8 8 -8
8 -8 -8 7


Musical Instruments and Recording Equipment

The gear below very closely matches what I used to put this video together.

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Video Transcription
Hi, George here. Welcome to this video where I show you how to play Let It Be on harmonica. First we’ll figure out which position to play in, pick out a harmonica, and then we’ll play it in two different octaves. We’ll play it down on the lower end of the harmonica and then again on the upper end of the harmonica. Each has it’s own challenges and I’ll go through that.
Let It Be is in the key of C and I am going to play it in first position. It’s not Blues, it’s a straight major, bright melody, so I’m going to play in first position and use a C harmonica.
What I’m going to do is play through the melody. I’ll start at the lower end first and the tricky part here is the melody has the note A which is going to require a double bend on draw 3. It doesn’t happen alot but it does occur a couple of times, so we need to be aware of that.
Let’s go through this slowly and I’ll tab it out so you can follow along.
Tricky part is that double bend on draw 3. A good way to help be able to hit that is to be able to sing it. If you can hear it in your ear then it will make it easier to happen on the harmonica.
Another thing that helps with making bends is to be breathing properly from the diaphragm and not the chest or throat so you can be giving the note the proper support.

When we play up the octave, we don’t run into this problem of needing to double bend. The note A is draw 6, no bending required. When we are playing up the octave, the melody goes all the way up to draw 10 where it’s more difficult to get clean full sounding notes.

The cool thing about this song that alot of it is in C and G. C being all the blow notes, G being mostly all draw notes meaning that you can play chords as well. Not all the notes have to be single clean notes, you can fit in some chords with that.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Maragret Monge July 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm

applause! most times do this solitary or do you too play in conjunction
with additional musicians? it may be interesting for you to capture a
collab together with some other instrumentalists. you may try to utilize
Band-hub for it

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John March 29, 2014 at 12:24 am

Excellent! We play this song at our jam! This has given me the info and the incentive to learn the song in better detail! Thanks!!!!

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George March 30, 2014 at 6:09 pm

Right on John

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duvey851 March 27, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Like the way the lines are marked as you play…Makes it easier….

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Trubadur R March 25, 2014 at 10:47 am

Thumbs up for you! ***** Cheers Roger

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tony fontane March 25, 2014 at 6:33 am

George, you are still the master. Hope the new year is treating you well.

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George Goodman March 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm

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