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Harmonica Lessons: 12th Position Intermediate: Blues in 12th Position

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[MUSIC]
And now we have this
real juicy sixth as well.
[SOUND] Now, you can hear we can
get pretty bluesy in this key.
It's not just the Lydian mode.
So [SOUND] playing the Blues in F now,
is one of the things that
I love to do [SOUND].
You got that country Blues lick.
[SOUND].
And to get that you have to
have some control over that
third hole draw bend [SOUND].
It's all the way down [SOUND] to
the G sharp then up to the A [SOUND].
And then four blow [SOUND] four
draw [SOUND] five draw [SOUND].
And then you have that really cool
major third above it [SOUND].
And if you bend it down,
you got the minor third [SOUND].
So this is a really bluesy key [SOUND].
And you can get the flatted seventh,
up at the top [SOUND].
It's the eighth
hole blow
bend [SOUND].
Boy, that sounds, it sounds kinda
like a saxophone or something.
People always say, that doesn't sound
like a harmonica, because they're
not use to hearing something so bluesy
that's not [SOUND] that's a harmonica.
But [SOUND] that doesn't
sound like a harmonica.
Well, I think it sounds like a harmonica,
but
it sounds like a harmonica that's
been turned on its end a little bit
because we're getting,
all the bends are in a different place.
We're bending the 6th [SOUND]
down to a flatted 6th [SOUND].
We're bending that minor third
to a major third [SOUND].
And then we're bending [SOUND].
And not only that, we can get what I
call the Albert King bend [SOUND].
That thing that Albert King always used
to do [SOUND], except he was left-handed,
played upside down.
But it's bending, and
he bent that whole thing.
I'm not really bending the whole thing,
but
I'm doing the illusion
that I'm bending it.
[SOUND] I'm starting at the top
of the third hole draw [SOUND].
And I'm moving over to the second
hole draw bend, and hitting the F,
so I'm bending from B to F,
except it's over two holes.
[SOUND] But it's so smooth that
it sounds like it's on one hole,
and it has the right arc.
It sounds like the guitar string
is dying down a little bit, and
then it's coming back down to earth.
So that's the only key
that I know on harmonica,
where you can get what I
call the Albert King bend.
So to me this is an extremely
bluesy key [SOUND].
And the sixth bend is down here [SOUND].
And you can do [SOUND] by
bending all the stations in
the third hole draw [SOUND].
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So now, I would like
to play a slow blues in G.
Now remember I said how do you find the
harmonica that you're gonna play in G so
that you're gonna play 12th position in G.
How do you find that harmonica?
When you count down four
steps from the key.
So G, F, E, D.
So now I pick up my D harp.
This is the first time
I use a D harp on here.
And as any of you who've played in
blues bands know G harmonica is one of
the essential harmonicas to play in blues
because A is a really popular blues key.
But now I'm gonna do this slow
blues in G on my D harmonica.
Here we go.
[MUSIC]