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Harmonica Lessons: 6th Position Intermediate

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All right, now we've reached
the sixth position at
the intermediate level.
In the beginning level,
I really skipped over this entirely
because it's not a position.
It's not a key on the harmonica,
the key of B on a C harp,
that allows you much versatility.
It kind of determines what you play for
you, and I'll show you why.
If you look over at the keyboard here, B,
which on the harmonica,
the B is the third hole draw.
You know what?
I held it upside down,
it'll happen to you.
This position [SOUND] has
no fifth, and as I play it for
you on the piano you'll see.
The fifth [SOUND] is
the purple haze interval.
[SOUND] It's called the flatted fifth,
the sharp fourth, the tri-tone and
if you play a chord,
one, three and five, along this mode,
[SOUND] you get whats
called a Diminished Triad.
So that this position,
it isn't really a key if it doesn't
have a fifth in it, on the harmonica,
to my way of thinking.
It isn't really a very
useful thing at all.
So if you try to play it on the harmonica.
I mean it's interesting.
It It's like the fridgian mode.
With a flat fifth, a sharp fourth.
Whatever you want to call it.
Flat fifth.
And a minor sixth and a minor seventh.
So you can sort of play some blues
licks in this key.
If you want to think of it as B or
[SOUND] B minor.
But you don't have the fifth,
it's already flatted for you.
Which as a blues harmonica player,
if the flatted fifth is
already flatted for me,
it kinda doesn't offer me
the choice of flatting it myself.
And I can't bend it in any real
creative way because that flatted
fifth is the F but you can't bend down.
And if you did bend it down,
it would go to sort of almost the fourth.
It's sorta corny sounding.
It's not anything that anyone
really plays in too much.
[SOUND] So I'm gonna try to play a little
12 bar blues in D minor for you'.
Instead of the four chord,
which would be E minor.
I'm gonna
go to the G for
the four chord.
It's gonna have the same roll as the four
chord but it's the flat sixth chord.
[SOUND] So it's gonna allow
me to play a little bit more.
Because that's gonna be cross harp.
sort of an
And there are a bunch of tunes
that do use that progression
of going down from the tonic
to the flatted sixth chord.
There's a Bob Dylan song,
something happened here but
you don't know what it is,
do you Mr Jones?
Whatever that one is called.
And, many Jazz tunes that use that
kind of chord progression too.
So, in a way, it would be interesting
to try to find tunes like that and
play it in third hole draw key,
which is sixth position.
Other than that at this point I don't
really have much more to say about
this key.