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Harmonica Lessons: "Summertime" in 4th Position

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[MUSIC]
Another song I'd like to show you in
fourth position now is
one I played in third,
it's called Summertime.
And this time, it's gonna be in A minor,
because that's what fourth
position is on a C harmonica.
[MUSIC]
So Summertime starts
on the fifth hole blow.
[MUSIC]
Because now
we can hit the A.
[MUSIC]
Now,
I'm using that bend and
unbend vibrato on the third hole.
[SOUND] See, take advantage of all
the expression the harmonica offers you.
Every time you play a song in a different
position, you can get different kind of
bends on different notes
relative to the key you're in.
[MUSIC]
And I'm doing the bend and
unbend on the blow, five blow.
[MUSIC]
Now, I
finished
that
with the
kinda an
exotic
sounding
harmony.
It's called the minor major seventh chord,
[SOUND] which you hear in just about
ever Noir movie and detective show.
And it goes along with what's called
the melodic minor scale, which I didn't
play the entire scale, because it involves
over blows in which we're not doing yet.
But the arpeggio.
[MUSIC]
The scale that goes with it
actually has a raised sixth.
[MUSIC]
I left it out here.
[SOUND] It's the stepping stones thing,
which I will also talk about later.
Leaving out notes that you can't get,
instead of playing the wrong
note that you can play.
If I'm trying to play
the melodic minor scale,
[SOUND] which is the Dorian mode and
the raised seventh in a minor key
[SOUND] and I try to play it here.
[MUSIC]
I can only get the harmonic minor.
[MUSIC]
I'm trying to get.
[MUSIC]
That note is an overblow, but
we don't know how to do that yet.
[MUSIC]
I can get it here.
[MUSIC]
So I leave it out in a place where I can't
get it and I leap over it.
I call this the stepping stone
[LAUGH] method of playing music,
because you're trying to avoid falling in
to the river that you're trying to cross,
which is the music and
the little places of safety,
which are the notes you can
get are your stepping stones.
This is something I thought
of a long time ago.
And sometimes, I find it helpful
just to tell people, remember,
what key you're in, remember what notes
that are naturally on the harmonica
that you can get that
you don't want to hear,
[LAUGH] if you're playing a specific
scale, a specific chord, and avoid them.
Because maybe when you get
to be a better player,
if you ever really get comfortable
with the overblow techniques,
then you'll be able to hit those notes
that you're hearing in your head.
But until you can hit them,
avoid hitting the wrong notes.
[MUSIC]