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Harmonica Lessons: 5th Position: Minor Blues Licks, Minor Pentatonic Scale & Middle Eastern Music

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Okay, so the Phrygian mode,
like I said, is not really something very
popular in Western music, but if we want,
we can do what I like to call
the stepping stones approach.
We can play something in E minor
because Phrygian is minor,
it's very minor because it
has the flatted second.
But we can avoid the flatted second,
pretend it's not there,
and play some stuff like [SOUND],
even blues.
You get that minor pentatonic.
It's E
I'll play
a little piano just
to show you what it is.
I hit
one little
note at
the end,
But, I was playing a very kind
of sterile minor key blues lick.
After you learn how to do bends and
vibrato and
stuff like that, this is a fantastic
position to play minor blues in.
So if I want,
I can play a middle eastern tune.
And we're gonna do this with Chris and
But I'll just show you what it is on
the piano and the harmonica right now.
It is the simplest of licks.
It just goes like this.
And see,
I laid on
that flatted
second over
this vamp.
It's kinda bluesy sounding.
You could say if you want
that the Phrygian mode
is kinda the blues of the Middle East.
It's their soul music,
when they hear that flatted second.
The same way that Americans respond
to the flatted fifth of the Blues.
So for all of you who are tuning in
from Eastern Europe and the Middle East,
the diatonic harmonica has a lot
to say in these styles of music.