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Harmonica Lessons: 5th Position: Blues in 5th Position

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Okay, well, the next thing I'd like to
talk about in fifth position is playing
a minor blues in fifth position.
Fifth position is a very good key for
playing a minor blues.
Because you
can bend the fifth.
The fifth in fifth position
is the third hole draw.
It's just like the fourth
hole draw is in cross harp.
When you're in cross harp,
it's four and five draw.
When you're in fifth position,
it gives you really the same sound.
So you can play that basic blues lick.
From five blow
to four draw
and then three draw, three draw bend.
Instead of having to play a blow it's all
the fifth, the flatted the fifth and
the fourth are all along
the third hole draw bend.
then you hit your third which could
be either two draw or three blow.
And the flat seventh is one draw.
You can't bend up from the flat seventh
to that one because that's not
where the bend is located here.
you can lay into the flat seventh.
And with that bend, and
then that unbend vibrato, and
a throat tremolo approach to the one blow,
to two blow rather, that is your E.
[SOUND] You can make it sound
pretty bluesy and convincing.
And I'm using the throat
tremolo there too.
So when you're playing
blues in fifth position,
you have to do that
stepping stone thing.
And don't hit that flat second,
which is the fifth hole draw
when you're on the one chord so that
the last thing in the world that you wanna
do is to hit that note.
Because that is from another world and
its really sounds wrong in the blues.
So, avoid the flatted second,
the fifth hole draw.
And that again is that
minor pentatonic scale.
One, three, four, five,
seven in the minor key.
you practice
it like that.
As you progress in fifth position,
please send me some videos of yourself,
and I'll let you know.
And, the same thing with as
you get better with playing
Summertime in the fourth position.
Please send me some tapes of yourself, and
I'll let you know how
I think you're doing.