As a brand-new harmonica player, one of my typical practice routines is performing songs from educational resources like here.

The point is that I can simply perform the melody according to its music sheet, but I like to put myself in the place of the tape's performer! Like performing the harmonica part of the song (melody) while the rest of the song (including harmony) is being played. So, what I need is simply removing the harmonica part, which is probably easy to do using sound editing tools. However, I am not an experienced performer, and I have no idea about the best, say, the simplest, way to do this!

For example, what is the procedure to remove the harmonica sound in "Morning has broken" while keeping the background piano sound?

I thought some sound editors may be members of this community to help me out.

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    It's not easy to do using sound editing tools. It's pretty much impossible. Sorry to say. Perhaps you might try to find some musicians to jam with? – Todd Wilcox Jun 4 '18 at 23:07
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    It's like trying to remove the human voice from song recordings. I've heard so many "voice removed" recordings either preserve all the background music and too much of the voice or remove all the voice and too much of the background music that a flawless human voice remover would be pretty much the karaoke Holy Grail. – Dekkadeci Jun 4 '18 at 23:58
  • @ToddWilcox: Maybe I have too... – Roboticist Jun 5 '18 at 0:02
  • @Dekkadeci: Yes... I've heard of a tool called "Audacity" which is able to remove vocals off a song... However, it won't help to catch what I need. – Roboticist Jun 5 '18 at 0:03
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    @Roboticist Audacity can sometimes do that, but only under very specific circumstances, and only if you're happy to put up with all the other bits that get removed as well. It's like trying to remove all the egg from a cake after it has been baked. – endorph Jun 5 '18 at 0:06

I think karaoke backing tracks work in 'removing' the lead vocals because they are usually central in the mix. However, they're still there as ghost voices. Since harmonica won't be central, that won't work.

There's always the well used 'Music Minus One' recordings. Backing tracks with certain instruments eradicated.

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    Well, to be precise, MMO doesn't record the instrument of interest in the first place. – Carl Witthoft Jun 5 '18 at 15:58
  • @CarlWitthoft - hardly surprised. However, with trumpet, sax, clarinet, guitar, flute, trombone, need I go on, missing, there's at least some scope for the OP. – Tim Jun 5 '18 at 16:05
  • Some songs can be re-created fairly well using software like "band-in-a-box" also. In some cases, just the same chord structure and basic rhythm, but usually enough to practice to. – Alphonso Balvenie Jun 5 '18 at 19:00

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