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Harmonica Lessons: 3rd Position Basic: Min Pentatonic Scale, Min 6th Chord, Chromatic Harp

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You can also play
blues in the Dorian mode,
minor key blues.
And without knowing how to bend,
it's a little harder,
because you're limited in your range, but.
called the minor
pentatonic scale.
I'll show you more about that later, and
also you can get what's
called a D minor sixth chord.
But it's kind of high, so
a lot of blues players will opt for
a low C harmonica, this is,
different companies make them.
This is an old honer low C that I have,
I've had this for years.
I think it's called the 365,
is that correct?
Yeah, it's 365.
It's got 12 holes or 14 holes?
14 holes, but
who's counting?And it's an octave lower.
And that is a really great sound for
the blues because your tongue
vamping on this D minor sixth chord,
which I'll show it to you on the piano,
It's these four notes,
its the four draw notes,
on a C harmonica, D, F, A, and B,
just coincidentally happens
to be a D minor sixth chord.
And some blues players even take it one
step further and
they'll pick up a chromatic harmonica.
Now I haven't shown you this yet.
This is a chromatic harmonica.
[SOUND] This is the button on
the end that gives you, basically,
the black keys of the piano.
I'm not gonna deal with that because
a lot of blues players will just play
a real simple blues in D
minor using the chromatic,
the same way that they would
use this low C harmonica.
This one is called the 64.
It goes down to the C below middle C,
an octave lower.
The same as this does, but
it has all those notes in it.
So basically you can play some very cool
sounding stuff in D minor for
blues without having
to know anything about the button
on he chromatic harmonica,
but you can just sweep your mouth over it.
You can get some cool sounds,
and I know a lot of you probably
have chromatic harmonicas.
Sometimes people think they have to buy
a present for this new harmonica player,
what's the best one in the store?
This one, and
you get the harmonica home and you go, but
I didn't want a chromatic harmonica.
So that's why I'm showing, partially,
why I'm showing you can play some very,
very simple blues in the third position
Dorian Mode, D minor on a chromatic
harmonica in the key of C, especially
if it's the big 16 holer called the 64.