This is a public version of the members-only Harmonica with Howard Levy, at ArtistWorks. Functionality is limited, but CLICK HERE for full access if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level.

These lessons are available only to members of Harmonica with Howard Levy.
Join Now

by level
This groups the Lessons by level according to difficulty.
by style
This groups the Lessons by musical genre.
30 Day Challenge
«Prev of Next»

Harmonica Lessons: Major Scales and Exercises: "The Star Spangled Banner"

Lesson Video Exchanges () submit video Submit a Video Lesson Study Materials () This lesson calls for a video submission
Study Materials
information below
Lesson Specific Downloads
Play Along Tracks
Backing Tracks +
Additional Materials +
resource information below Close
Collaborations for
resource information below Close
Submit a video for   

This video lesson is available only to members of
Harmonica with Howard Levy.

Join Now

information below Close
Course Description

This page contains a transcription of a video lesson from Harmonica with Howard Levy. This is only a preview of what you get when you take Harmonica Lessons at ArtistWorks. The transcription is only one of the valuable tools we provide our online members. Sign up today for unlimited access to all lessons, plus submit videos to your teacher for personal feedback on your playing.

CLICK HERE for full access.
Now I'll do the one, three,
two, four, three, five.
Those are numbers of
the notes of the scale.
So the names of the notes would be C,
E, D, F E, G, F, A, that one.
Now at the bottom of the harmonica,
it involves hitting the F and
the A as bent notes.
Two draw bend as F.
F and A, it's the draw bend and
the three draw bend down a whole step.
That's a little bit tricky to just
hit that with the two
draw bend next to it.
[SOUND] The mouth position is similar,
but they're not exactly the same.
So you can practice that.
And if you need a pitch reference,
if your really losing it,
which is entirely possible.
You go over to the piano and
just hit F and A.
It's very helpful,
because you could be bending away going.
And be totally out of tune,
sounding like a French ambulance.
And you're trying to get.
It's a good
pitch reference to do that and
it doesn't take
any technique.
And if any of you don't know
the way the piano works,
I'll just take one slight second here.
C is the white key directly
underneath the two black keys.
[SOUND] F is the white
key directly underneath
the three black keys and it just goes like
the alphabet, C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C.
A is kind of in the middle of things,
that might confuse you, but C,
just if you remember that C is right here,
you can do these simple exercises
very simply on a keyboard.
The triad
exercise is
a little harder.
Again, the two bend notes in a row.
It's one, two, three, blow.
One, two, three, draw, but two and
three are bent down to F and A.
This is E, G and B and
you can play the G either way as
the two draw or the three blow,
[SOUND] then F, A and C.
[SOUND] Two draw bend,
three draw bend, then [SOUND] two,
three, four draw and then A, C, E.
Three draw bend and then four blow and
five blow [SOUND] and then we're
up in the middle of the harmonica.
Three, four and five,
draw [SOUND] and then four,
five and six, [SOUND] blow,
which you already learned how to do.
So getting these triads down here,
they're a little trickier and
then you go down the same way.
And just for fun,
I just wanna show you
how the beginning of
the national anthem goes
in first position.
That part's pretty easy, it's all blows.
It's that sharp fourth,
it's the fourth note of
the scale up a half step,
which is your second hole
draw bent down a half step.
draw bend
down to A.
And then the middle.
So by being able
to bend on the bottom of
the harmonica now you see,
you can play some simple melodies
that this one has one note
that's not in the major scale,
it's an F-sharp, [SOUND] but
it's not harder to play than the F.
I mean, it's just part of
the second hole draw bend.
[SOUND] So you can see that knowing how
to bend, opens up a lot of possibilities.
It's not just playing the blues and
playing the major scale in C,
there's all sorts of other music
that you'll be able to start to do.