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Harmonica Lessons: Playing the C Major Scale in the 2nd Octave

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That's the bottom of the harmonica.
So, if you try to play melodies
on the bottom of the harmonica,
if you want to play Row Row Row Your Boat
the notes is not there.
There's no F.
This is what's very frustrating if you're
just trying to play the simplest music
in the key of C on the harmonica and
you pick one up and you say I can't even
play row, row, row, your boat [LAUGH].
This instrument, it's hopeless.
It's not you, it's the instrument and
the instrument is not hopeless,
it was designed to play chords there and
melodies in the second octave.
Starting at the fourth hole blow, because
if you start to play at the fourth hole,
and you go blow, draw, blow,
draw, this is what happens.
the end sounded
a little funny.
The notes were there, but
they were in the wrong order.
Now if you look at my lovely diagram,
you'll see that all the notes,
the letters of the alphabet follow
each other sequentially here.
C, D, E, F, G, A, except C, B.
So to play a major scale, which
are the notes you need to play most simple
folk tunes like row, row, row your boat.
This is the breathing order,
the breathing order sequence for
playing the major scale.
It's blow-draw, blow-draw,
blow-draw, draw-blow.
And again, as I explained to you for
single notes, I personally use the pucker.
If you want to be a tongue blocker,
you can use tongue blocking.
But I'm gonna play everything from now on,
unless I specify it, with the pucker.
Blow, draw, blow, draw,
blow, draw, draw, blow.
can sound pretty
nice if you do
some things
with it.
And then you can go down from the top.
And that's blow,
draw, draw, blow,
draw, blow, draw, blow.
So it's the opposite when
your going down from the top.
Just playing the C major scale from one,
from the fourth hole to the seventh hole.
Back and fourth.
And you should try doing this in rhythm.
But not too fast for
you to do it in rhythm.
Because this is the very beginnings
of becoming a harmonica player.
Getting used to this blow-draw and
moving your mouth to the next hole and
not getting lost.
So to keep, to try to keep your bearings,
the most important thing
is to keep that breath going on
a smooth stream through the harmonica.
So when I move from one hole to the other.
[SOUND] The transition between
the fourth hole blow and
the fifth hole draw is very important.
you can practice going back and
forth, four draw, five blow.
[SOUND] You can move your head.
[SOUND] You can move the harmonica.
[SOUND] You can move
a combination of the two.
[SOUND] [LAUGH] However,
whatever feels natural to you,
but I do tell people that in general
the less movement the better.
A lot of the times you'll see blues
harmonica players up on stage just
gyrating and just and
they're feeling it and that's fine.
But just for learning purposes right now,
try to sit or
stand up straight, and
move as little as possible.
So this brings me to the next subject,
which is smooth breathing.