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

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So, you can really play some
beautiful slow melodies,
and bluesy things in this mode,
this 12th position, first flat position.
The key of F on the C harmonica.
Now, I'm gonna show you another aspect of
this position, in the fact, that it is
a major position that is capable of
playing the major seventh very easily.
[SOUND] So, if you have tunes that
are jazz tunes, that have a major
seventh in them, and you don't
wanna play them in first position,
because first position can
sound a little bit square.
All the notes are there in a nice line,
you can't really get very juicy
bends in certain parts of it.
You might want a slightly different
sound to play in a major key.
So, F major,
this is called the F major seventh chord.
What that means is, it's an F major chord
[SOUND] with the major
seventh added on to it.
[SOUND] There's a lot of bossa novas, and
the things that you
associate with lounges.
And this,
if I just play a simple thing like,
since I fell for you,
which is just basically,
one, six, two,
five chord progression.
And now, instead of playing
the flatted seven that you use for Blues,
I'm playing the major seventh.
And I'm playing it strongly,
[SOUND] unashamedly.
I snuck in an over blow as
an ornament there, sorry.
So, I can play you the F
major seventh arpeggio,
going up a few octaves [SOUND] just to
hear what it sounds like,
I'll start it on the seventh.
[SOUND] And then here's the F.
And there's a lot of runs.
It's extremely sweet sounding on
the harmonica, and
it's kind of more interesting that
if you play that same run
in the first position.
So, I play a lot of major key
jazz in the 12th position,
[SOUND] especially if it has
major seventh chords in it.
Told you,
it fits well,
as a Blues tune,
yes, it has
a major seventh.
It's extremely sweet,
you can tell I kinda like
playing in this key.
And it is in music theory,
it is the relative major of D minor, so
it's very closely related to D minor which
is the third position on this harmonica.
And so, just as it's
very easy to play the minor
pentatonic scale in D.
It's also very easy to play
the major pentatonic scale in F.
Because it's the same notes.
[LAUGH] You're just starting from F,
instead of from D.
it's 1,2,3,5,6
Someone to
Watch Over Me by
There it is.
There's the melody.
Very, very beautifully and
simply in the key of F on the C harp.
And I'm playing all these tunes for
you because 90% of you probably didn't
know that you could even play in this key,
so I wanna give you a lot of stuff
that you can do in this key.