The Beatles – Love Me Do

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Harmonica Keys: C (optional second harp: G)

Note: On the recording, John plays a C chromatic harmonica. You can easily play most of the song on a C diatonic, but the bridge does require extra attention. I’ve notated three versions of the bridge – one with bends, one with skipped notes, and one that switches from a C to a G without bends. Enjoy!


-5    5        -4 -2 -2      -2 -2 -2

-5 -5 -5        5        -4 -2 -2       -2 -2 -2

-5    5      -4 -2 -2       -2 4 -3 -2       -2    -2 -2 

-2 -2       -2 4 -3


-4          -4   -5  6           -5   -4         -4 -5 6
Love        love me do           You know         I love you

-5  -4        -4  -5   6        -5  6       -5 -4   6
I'll al -     ways be true      So ple  -   a - a - ase

-2  -2  -3' -2         -4'  4        -3'  -2 -2
Love me do - o          Whoa-oh       Love me do

Bridge (harp switching)

G harp

    -8        -8 7 -7

C harp

     6        -5 5 -4

G harp

    -8        -8 7 -7

C harp

     6        -5 5 -4

Bridge (bends)

-3"          -3" -2 -2'           -2          -2" 2   -1
Some   -     one to love          Some   -     bo-dy   new

-3"          -3" -2 -2'           -2           -2"  2   -1
Some    -    one to love          Some   -     one like you

Bridge (no bends)

-6           -6  6   *            6            -5 5    -4
Some   -     one to love          Some   -     bo-dy   new

-6           -6  6   *            6            -5   5   -4
Some    -    one to love          Some   -     one like you

If bridge is played instrumentally as a solo, it ends with

-2      -2    -2 -2 

-2 -2       -2 4 -3

-2      -2    -2 -2    -1

As a footnote, the * notes in the non-bend bridge can be played with an overblow on hole 5. Overblows are played similarly to blow bends, but on holes 1-6, and they result in a note that’s 1/2 step higher than the draw note on the same hole. It’s an advanced intermediate technique, and requires you to adjust your reeds so they’re gapped closer to the reedplate, but I thought I’d throw that out there.

This file is the author’s own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It’s intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.

14 Responses to “The Beatles – Love Me Do”

  • i am a beginner and have one difficulty. what (-3′) means?

    • Hi Danka, thanks for writing. -3′ means 3 draw, with a half-step bend. If you’re a beginner, you’re probably not bending yet. Just try to play the 3 draw clearly, and it should sound fine. For more info, go to the top of this page and click the link for “How To Read Harmonica Tab.” Good luck!

  • I tried playing the bridge but…those aren’t the right notes. On a C diatonic harmonica, you simply can’t hit those notes. You need a C chromatic harmonica (or extreme bending skills on a C diatonic) to play the harmonica notes in the bridge.

    • Hi Sauce, thanks for your comment. I’ve taken a second look and updated the tab. If you take the bridge up an octave, you can play it without bends and just leave out one note. In the low octave, fine-tuned bends are required that are out of reach for beginners, but a good project for intermediate diatonic players. Or you could get a chromatic :)

  • C works great, till you come to the bridge.? find a G works with the bridge. I’m not sure but would think J>L> might have used a C & G Who knows for sure > P. MC. perhaps

    • Harp switching is a good idea for the bridge! There are four phrases. First phrase – G harp. Second phrase – C harp. Third phrase – G. Fourth phrase – C. We’d have to adjust the tab to reflect the harp switching, but that would allow you to play the bridge without requiring bends.

  • What does this – sign mean? Thanks!

  • you know I tried to play this but my harmonica doesn’t play -2 I really don’t know why if you could do you think you have any advice with that? my harmonica and my dad’s does that so yeah if you could that would be great thanks

    • The 2 draw takes some practice. Make sure you’ve got a clear single note on the 2 blow, then gently inhale. There’s probably not a problem with your harmonica, it’s just a skill you have to learn.

  • Can this be played on a tremolo harmonica?

    • Hi Aaron, tremolo harps don’t bend notes, so you’d need to look at my “no bends” tab and adjust to match the tremolo harmonica. Or get a diatonic harmonica! Good luck.

  • Is there a reason to play a 2 draw instead of a 3 blow? I find the 3 much easier during the intro since it’s closer to the other notes

    • Hi Nathan, I choose 2 draw over 3 blow in most cases, because it’s such an important note in cross harp blues playing. Jumping on and off the 2 draw from a hole or two away is a good, meat-and-potatoes harmonica skill to develop. Plus, you can add bends and vibrato on the 2 draw, expression that’s not available on 3 blow. All that said, 3 blow is sometimes way more efficient, and can help in the balance of IN/OUT breathing. However, in 9 out of 10 cases, I’d still suggest working a little harder and learning to make jumps on and off the 2 draw. It’s that important!

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