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Harmonica Lessons: Major Scales and Exercises: The First Octave

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[MUSIC]
All right.
Now that I've shown you how
to play all the bends on
all those holes, with one,
two, three, four,
and six draw and eight, nine and ten blow.
We're ready for the next step,
to making the instrument a full
three octave instrument.
Because there were certain very
basic things that we're missing
on the bottom octave of the harmonica
when I laid it out for you.
Remember that layout that the draw
notes on the bottom are D, G and B.
[MUSIC]
The G chord.
D, G, B, D.
And the notes that you really need
that are missing there are F and A.
Because we can't even play a simple melody
on the bottom of the harmonica, which is
why I taught you all the simple tunes
starting in the middle of the harmonica.
Well now that you can
bend the second hole and
the third hole we can actually
play that F and that A.
Because two draw bend.
[MUSIC]
Gives you the F, and three draw bend.
[MUSIC]
Which is not easy, gives you the A.
[MUSIC]
So now, when I try to play a scale
in the key of C on
the bottom of the harmonica.
[MUSIC]
I can get the F,
so I can play.
[MUSIC]
And it sounds okay,
cuz I'm playing, E, D, E, F, G.
[MUSIC]
And all I'm doing is playing F, and
letting it go up, just like I showed
you how to practice the bends.
Hitting it bent.
[MUSIC]
And letting it go up to G.
[MUSIC]
And going down you
can play G as a three blow.
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And F as a two draw, or you can play G
as a two draw and
just bend it down to the F.
Whichever you want.
So now you can play Row, Row Your Boat.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
Which I know is thrilling to you, but
at least it's a melody, and it uses the F.
[MUSIC]
So, more complicated melodies,
we can also play on the bottom
of the harmonica now that need the A.
So first I'll play the scale from C to C.
[MUSIC]
With the A in it.
[MUSIC]
So
you can
practice
this.
[MUSIC]
From the F up to the C,
you can do the whole thing, F,
G, A, and B, all on a draw, on one breath.
[MUSIC]
Two draw bend, two draw, three draw bend,
three draw.
[MUSIC]
That sounds very natural and very smooth.
[MUSIC]
And going down too.
It's easier to do it
fast than to do it slow.
[LAUGH] Cuz if you're a little
out of tune doing it slowly,
people will really hear it.
If you're playing it fast and
you're a little out of tune,
they won't really notice it.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
Now you can practice those same exercises
that you did in the middle when you went.
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You can do those on the bottom.
[MUSIC]
So
if you want to
you can just
keep going or
you can go down.
[MUSIC]
And
you could
practice that
along with me
if you want.
I did it pretty slowly.
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