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Harmonica Lessons: 4th Position Aeolian: "The Rights of Man" and the A Minor Arpeggio

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[MUSIC]
And I'd like to play for
you right now another Irish
tune that I really love.
It's called The Rights of Man.
It's usually in E minor which would
involve playing it on the G harp.
For right now,
I'm just gonna play it in A minor, okay?
And here it comes.
[SOUND].
That's it.
It's got two parts.
Usually you repeat each part, but
I just wanted to play it for you.
And I will maybe do it on
the G harp later in E minor.
But it's a wonderful tune, you can
look it up in books of Irish music.
It starts on the third [SOUND].
Three, four, five.
The third, fourth, and
fifth close to the scale which are.
C, D, E.
So it
starts on
the fourth
hole blow
[SOUND].
Nice minor chords,
a lot like what's in the Dorian Mode.
Chord wise it's going to go from
A minor [SOUND] to G to A minor [SOUND].
So we can learn the A minor
arpeggio as well.
A, C, E,
A [SOUND].
And this is a very, very good thing to
learn because it also requires that you
think about breath direction changes
to make things easier on the harmonica.
Sometimes just thinking about
the notes isn't enough.
Well the notes are A, C, E, A.
[SOUND].
But the rhythm of your breathing
that is going on in order
to achieve that is blow, draw, draw, blow.
So if you drew it out on music paper,
the breath would be,
if we're playing in three.
It would be a quarter note, and
then a half note, so one, two, three.
And the same thing happens on the top.
Draw blow
blow [SOUND].
I know I'm moving my head
a lot to emphasize it,
I usually wouldn't do that [SOUND].
So, the rhythm of
the breath is going in out,
in out, in out, in out, in out.
So, this has a very nice regularity to it.
That if you take a step back
from playing the harmonica and
understand that some of these patterns
have their own rhythm of the breath
itself, it makes it easier to play them.
Because you won't have to worry about,
God, am I blowing in or out on this note.
If you just say in, out, in, out, in, out.
Then it just happens.
If you slide your mouth along, all the
notes are on holes one after the other.
It's three, four, five, six, seven,
eight, and then you jump to ten, I lied.
So it's.
[SOUND].
And the same thing if
you continue it down.
It's really great, that's the thing
about the harmonica that's so
funny is that this simple little
instrument here that you can't see.
There are all sorts of secrets.
That when you unlock the secrets,
of the instrument, there are things,
that seemed like they might be hard.
Playing arpeggios, my goodness, this
sounds like something that's hard to do,
that you'd do on a flute,
or a piano, or a guitar.
Well on the harmonica
if you understand this
idea of the rhythm of your breathing,
arpeggios get very easy
[MUSIC].