Watch the 2-2 Squeezebox Exercise online guitar lesson by Annie Raines from Blues Harmonica Blueprint

I call this the 2-2 squeezebox exercise because we’ll be going back and forth between the 2 draw and the 2 blow, and alternating between chords and single notes. It’s great for developing those muscles in the the corners of your mouth so you can play a puckered single note at the drop of a hat. (It would be an odd thing to do if someone dropped their hat but it’s worth a try) In this segment I’ll also be troubleshooting the tricky 2 draw. The 2 draw is one of the hardest notes to play right on the harmonica. You’d never guess it, but when you’re playing a 2 or 3 draw and it sounds whispery and quiet, you’re using too much air. The natural impulse is to play harder to get the sound to come out, resulting in the note going flat or fading out altogether. But if you take all the pressure off, the note will sound fuller and sweeter. If all else fails, open your nose and inhale through your nostrils at the same time as you inhale through your mouth. Make sure there are no flies in the room when you do this.