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Harmonica Lessons: 4th Position Aeolian: A Minor Blues

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The next thing I'd like to do in
fourth position,
playing a little bit of Blues.
Now, fourth position is not
the Bluesiet of positions.
[SOUND] You'd be doing an A minor Blues,
[SOUND] where the four chord is D minor or
D major, if you want.
[SOUND] And the five chord is E minor,
[SOUND] or E major.
Back to the fourth.
[SOUND] Now, I did play a fourth position
Blues on my Alone and Together CD.
And I think it was on an A flat harmonica.
So, in order to figure out, where you are,
fourth position,
you go up to the sixth note of the scale.
So, if we have a C harmonica,
we can go up six notes
to A, or an easier way of thinking about
it is you can go down
two notes on the scale.
Really three notes on the scale.
So, it's a minor third
below the key of the harp.
For musicians, that's known as the
relative minor for a little music theory.
It's easier to count to go down three,
then to go up six.
So, when I played my Blues in fourth
position on the A flat harmonica,
now I'll count up six notes on the A flat
scale for you just as an example.
It was an F minor, or
I happen to know that F is
the relative minor of A flat.
[SOUND] A third down,
that's how you find out what
key harmonica to use to
play in fourth position,
in some key or other,
whatever key it might be.
So, for now, you just have to know
that we are using a C harmonica, and
that fourth position is the sixth note of
the scale, or down a third, which is A.
So, we're in A minor.
A Aeolian mode.
So, for the play
the blues in A minor on a C harp.
[SOUND] One of the problems right away is.
You can't bend the fifth.
So most blues players,
once they discover that, they say,
I think I don't wanna
play blues in this key.
[LAUGH] Because you feel kinda silly.
You can't do the very thing, that as
a blues player you wanna do the most.
However, if you go up to the top octave.
It's really,
really soulful up there.
It's kinda like the way the first position
blues is soulful when you're playing
in C up on the top of the harmonica.
It's sort of related to that.
So, you could play that run.
That flatted fifth now
is the eight hold blow bend.
We're on six draw.
Seven blow.
Eight draw.
And then nine blow.
And ten draw.
So you can do.
Sounds pretty soulful,
and it probably sounds even
better if you play it on
a lower key harmonica.
See this is kind of what I'm getting to.