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Harmonica Lessons: "Summertime" in 5th Position

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[MUSIC]
So if I try to play a song like
Summertime, in fifth position,
because you say,
it sounds really great, and really bluesy.
There's a problem.
If I try to play it on the bottom.
[MUSIC]
It doesn't go low enough.
If I try to play it in the middle.
[MUSIC]
The melody is okay until that point,
but then when it goes to the four chord.
[MUSIC]
And the five chord.
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH] That's not the right note because
that is that fifth hole draw,
which we needed to be able to
play an F sharp, and
until you over blow, it's not there.
So this is one of the frustrations,
it's certain of these keys,
they sound really great for
most of what you're gonna try to do,
except that there's this
one note that's there.
It's like sticking out like a sore thumb,
and there's no way around it, so
you just have to not hit it, because
one of the things about playing music
as an improviser is sometimes you might
want to play the melody of a tune on
one key harmonica, and maybe solo on
that tune on another key harmonica.
Because we have all 12 keys
to choose from, and even if
you can't play the melody exactly right on
the harmonica that you want to solo on,
maybe it's easier to solo on
that harmonica, as opposed
to the one that you've played the melody
on, if you understand what I mean.
So you might want to hear the sound
of this fifth position for
soloing on Summertime, but you might not
wanna play the melody on this harmonica.
So it's really good to experiment with
taking a tune like Summertime, or
just the blues, and
trying it on a bunch of
different key harmonicas,and you'd
be surprised what you might find.
It's really like an exploration.
As you get better and
better at the instrument and
start getting more comfortable
in these other positions.
[MUSIC]