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Harmonica Lessons: 4th Position C Harp: Chords and Melody

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[MUSIC]
And this is where worlds
collide between a pentatonic scale.
It sounds kinda bluesy, but
it's getting in to the border
line between Blues and Jazz.
And of course Blues and
Jazz do flow into each other very
smoothly at a certain point.
Cuz that started happening
in America right around
when Gershwin was writing
his music in the 1920s.
Jazz had come up out of Blues and
out of Ragtime and become basically
the popular music of America.
So the harmonica,
the fourth position you can see it
has a different character to it.
And there's a lot of minor key
Jazz tunes that you can play
pretty easily once you get
a little more advanced.
On a C harmonica, you can play
A minor Jazz tunes in fourth position,
in Aeolian mode.
So I went over the scale with you.
I didn't do any of the exercises that
go with the scale, like this one.
[MUSIC]
The one and
thirds leapfrog.
Because you can do that one
down almost all the way.
[MUSIC]
Except there's no A.
And then the one, two, three, four, too.
[MUSIC]
The more time you put in on this,
the more fluid you'll get on these things.
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH]
The missing
A.
And there's also chords available on
the C harmonica in fourth position.
So, you can't get the A minor
chord because you
can't play A, C and
E breathing in one direction.
But you can get the G chord,
which is the chord that's
the seventh note of the scale.
[MUSIC]
And the D minor chord.
[MUSIC]
And the C chord.
Which, if you can find tunes in
A minor that have a D minor, and a G,
and a C chord in them, it could be
pretty nice to accompany yourself,
to accompany the melody.
I can make up something right
now that would do that.
I just did, but
I'll just try to show you what I mean.
[MUSIC]
Just
a little chord,
a little
accompaniment,
a little melody
in A minor that
I just made
up for you.
And just wanted to show
that as an example.
[MUSIC]