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Harmonica Lessons: 8-9-10 Blow: Bending 8 Blow

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[MUSIC]
This lesson is called Chords in Proximity.
And what that means is, for every chord
position you're playing out of-
[SOUND] Let's say you're playing out of
open G.
[SOUND] What is the closest C chord to
that particular open G.
[SOUND] And that's really your bar
position, if you think about it that way.
[SOUND] Well, the regular old C is the
closest C.
And what's the closest D chord?
Well, your D seventh is pretty close.
[SOUND] Cuz it shares that first fret of
the second string with the D
seventh chord.
So-
[SOUND] Here's G.
[SOUND] C.
[SOUND] And D seventh.
[SOUND] G.
Okay.
In addition to that, you can also go G.
[SOUND] C.
[SOUND] D.
[SOUND] And you can do a D.
Just a regular D chord.
[SOUND] And there are other variations but
that-
[SOUND] Will give you a basic you know,
one G, one C.
And a couple of Ds.
[SOUND] For the closest chorus right
there.
[MUSIC]
And I like to have the open fourth string.
You could do the fourth fret of the fourth
string-
[SOUND] For the full D chord but I like
that low D.
It's a really nice sound.
[SOUND] Our you could do a D seventh like
this.
[SOUND] But add the pinky on the fourth
fret of the first string.
[SOUND] If you want to stretch a little
bit.
Or you can have your pinky on the fourth
fret of the fourth string.
[SOUND] There's another D seventh.
So, these are all little variations.
[SOUND] Okay that's if you're working out-
[SOUND] Of the basic bar G position.
And this has to do with the economy of
motion.
You don't want to be jumping way up and
down the neck.
[MUSIC]
These are all right there.
Okay now the next G position.
[SOUND] As your F position G.
[MUSIC]
Or you're on the fifth fret of the fourth.
[SOUND] Fourth fret of the third.
[SOUND] Third fret of the second.
Fifth fret of the first.
[SOUND] Okay, now what's your closest C.
Well your closest C is the barred fifth
fret.
[MUSIC]
Now I've seen Earl Scruggs do this.
And I'm sure this is somewhere in all
these lessons.
That your [SOUND] that you have available
to you here But.
[SOUND] I saw Eddie Adcock do this many
years ago.
And then I saw Earl do it to reinforce it.
And what they would do sometimes to go to
a C chord.
Rather than jumping to the bar like this
with the index.
Which throws you kinda out of position.
They would just collapse the hand down-
[MUSIC]
Like that.
So, if you're doing back up.
[MUSIC]
It's right there, just collapse it down.
[MUSIC]
And I've found with most people,
you don't really need to be double jointed
to do this.
Most people can do this.
[MUSIC]
Just listen and
make sure you're getting a good, clean
sound out of it.
So, there's G.
[SOUND] Here's C.
[SOUND] And then you could-
[SOUND] Just go down one fret for D chord
with the open fourth string.
[MUSIC]
So that's one possibility.
G.
[SOUND] C.
[SOUND] D.
[SOUND] G.
[SOUND] Or for the D seventh you could go.
[MUSIC]
I don't believe Earl Scruggs has ever used
this position.
Don Reno would use this sometimes.
And I have the middle on the fourth fret
of the first string.
[SOUND] Index on the third string third
fret.
[SOUND] And the ring on the third string
fifth fret.
[SOUND] So G.
[SOUND] C.
[SOUND] D seventh.
[SOUND]
G.
[SOUND] C.
or you could go up to the D here.
The seventh fret.
That's also fairly close.
You could stay collapsed or you could do
this if you wanted to.
Or you could do a D seventh like this.
[MUSIC]
There's another kind of a D seventh.
where your on theFirst string with the
pinky.
[SOUND] Seventh fret.
[SOUND] Ring on the seventh fret of the
second string.
[SOUND] Index on the fifth fret of the
third string.
Index on the fifth fret of the third
string.
And that's a pretty D seventh.
[SOUND] Or you could get it down here like
this.
[MUSIC]
It's a little more of
an obscure D seventh.
[MUSIC]
Where you have the index on the third
string, first string is open.
[SOUND] Index on the second string third
fret.
[SOUND] Pinky on the third string fifth
fret.
[SOUND] And the middle on the fourth
string fourth fret.
[SOUND]
So those are some options.
[MUSIC]
Now if you go to the next position of G.
[MUSIC]
It's your D position.
[SOUND] Your D.
[MUSIC]
Moved up between the seventh and
ninth frets.
[SOUND] Whereas your closest C.
Your closest C is right up here.
[MUSIC]
Move up one fret.
[SOUND] And invert the middle and index
fingers.
[SOUND] As opposed to again doing this
kind of a thing.
[SOUND] Just move the ring and pinky up
one fret since they're.
Staying on the first and fourth strings.
And invert the index and middle.
[SOUND] So you're at your F position.
[SOUND] And there's C right there.
[SOUND] So G.
[SOUND] C.
[SOUND] And for D seventh, you can do
this.
[SOUND] G.
[SOUND] C.
[SOUND] Keep that tenth fret of the first
string.
[SOUND] And bar the first three strings
with your index finger.
[MUSIC]
And that gives you kind-
[MUSIC]
Of a pretty sound.
And, again, I'm using the open fourth
string because that's a really nice,
low D note.
It gives it a nice, rich, loamy sound.
[MUSIC]