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

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[MUSIC]
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,
but
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,
[MUSIC]
this is called the F major seventh chord.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
And this,
[MUSIC]
if I just play a simple thing like,
since I fell for you,
which is just basically,
[MUSIC]
one, six, two,
five chord progression.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
I snuck in an over blow as
an ornament there, sorry.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
And there's a lot of runs.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
Told you,
it fits well,
as a Blues tune,
but
[MUSIC]
yes, it has
a major seventh.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
And so, just as it's
very easy to play the minor
pentatonic scale in D.
[MUSIC]
It's also very easy to play
the major pentatonic scale in F.
[MUSIC]
Because it's the same notes.
[LAUGH] You're just starting from F,
instead of from D.
[SOUND]
So,
it's 1,2,3,5,6
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
Someone to
Watch Over Me by
Gershwin.
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.
[MUSIC]