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Harmonica Lessons: 8-9-10 Blow: Introduction

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Okay, now we're going to
have some more fun with bending.
I have to confess to you, when I
bought my first harmonica at Manny's.
And it was 1969, not 1903.
So I'm only 94.
When I bought that harmonica,
it was a G harmonica, not a C harmonica.
I'm teaching everything
on a C harmonica because
the key of C is the most
basic key of all instruments.
Everything pretty much plays in C.
Even instruments that say
they're in B flat and
E flat, the fingering system of
a saxophone is set up to be in C.
The same as a flute, an oboe, all those
instruments and the piano especially.
C is all the white keys.
But this next section I'm gonna teach you,
which is blow bends, they really sound
better on a G harmonica, because the blow
bends are on the top of the harmonica.
So I'll play them on C harmonica first,
then I'll also do them on a G harp for
Because that's where I think most of you
will use these blow bends, especially for
playing blues in first position,
which is a very important thing to know.
Okay, the way the harmonica is set up,
as you know by now,
is that from holes one to six,
the drawn-outs are higher than the blows.
And that's why we can bend
the draws on the bottom.
Well, when you get to the top
of the harmonica, some
people try to bend the draws, and they go
They say this harmonica doesn't work.
This hole, this reed is broken.
Because they're trying to pull on the draw
holes up on the top of their harmonica.
The same way that they try to pull
on the draw holes on the bottom.
Which you can pull on because
they are the higher notes.
And they have flexibility.
Even if you don't really know what
you're doing.
Even if you're going.
You can pull on them.
If you try to do that on the top,
nothing comes out.
So I can't tell you how many
students have come to me and said,
this harmonica I bought is broken,
it doesn't work.
And it's just because they're not going
The top of the harmonica is
a little bit more delicate.
You have to just let
the air pass through it.
So, I'm just gonna play you
the notes from seven to ten.
[SOUND] Seven blow, [SOUND] seven draw,
[SOUND] eight blow, eight blow.
[LAUGH] Eight blow, eight draw,
[SOUND] nine blow, nine draw
Ten blow, ten draw
If you just do that
just for now,
just to make sure that you
can actually play them.
Before we start bending.
Okay, do that a few times, and
now we're ready to start bending.