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Harmonica Lessons: 8-9-10 Blow: Bending 9 Blow, 1st Position Blues

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[MUSIC]
Okay, so that's
the eighth hole blow bend.
The next one is nine.
And nine is.
[MUSIC]
G and F.
[MUSIC]
So it works the same way as 8.
You can bend G down to G flat,
F sharp, whatever you want to call it.
[MUSIC]
Boy, that
had a lot of curl.
It'll chase all the cockroaches
out of the walls, I tell you.
It's a high note.
You see why I like the lower harps for
the higher bends.
But I'm just showing it to you on here for
starters.
And it's the same basic idea.
[SOUND] It's even higher.
[MUSIC]
But, you can get your mouth
[MUSIC]
relaxed, and you can keep your jaw open
and still have this [SOUND] going on.
So you don't have to bite down [SOUND].
You can do this with
[MUSIC]
and still have some sort of tone that
people would want to listen to
up on top of the harmonica.
And it sounds like you're playing the same
instrument here as you're playing here.
It's a challenge.
[MUSIC]
Now you can already hear.
That there's some
bluesyness involved here.
This is sounding bluesy, but
it's Blues in first position.
So matter of fact,
most of the early Blues,
if you go back and listen to old
Blues records from the 1920s.
And 1930's, a lot of those guys, who
were playing harmonica on those records,
were playing the blues in first position.
The preferred harmonica,
to play in first position was G.
For the reason that the C harp
sounds really high and shrieky.
And if they were playing blues in cross
harp, they'd use the C harp and play in G.
But I'm gonna play some blues in C for
you, just with these two holes.
Just to show you what these little
holes can do for playing blues in C.
So C is seven below.
[MUSIC]
Here's the scale.
[MUSIC]
A little bit of the notes,
just to show you the first
five notes in C.
[MUSIC]
It's seven blow.
And then eight draw, eight blow.
Nine draw, nine blow.
So for playing blues in C [SOUND] C E and
G are one three and five.
So if I wanted to flat the fifth,
I'd bend down G
[MUSIC].
And you hear it?
Now I can bend down the third,
which is the eighth hole blow.
So flatting the fifth, and flatting the
third means you're bending, in one way or
another, you're bending eight.
You're bending nine and eight.
[MUSIC]
There's
a lot of nuance
involved in these.
[MUSIC]
That's like a sound of an old
blues from the 1920s, I'd say.
[MUSIC]
When you go
[MUSIC]
It's the same thing as
in second position doing
it between the third hole and
fourth hole draw.
[MUSIC]
Now you're in C.
[MUSIC]
That's, I think a good way to understand.
That the blow holes on the top of the
harmonica are doing the same bluesy thing
as the draw on the bottom,
except they're doing it in first position.
[MUSIC]