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Harmonica Lessons: Adjacent Notes Exercise 1: Holes 1 and 2

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[MUSIC]
Okay, now I'm gonna talk
about just some special exercises,
to get your bending notes more in tune.
It's something that I came up with, and
it's bending notes on adjacent holes.
Because sometimes you're
gonna be trying to bend,
for example, if you hit the first hole.
[MUSIC]
And then you go to the second hole bent.
And go back and forth.
[MUSIC]
It's really good to practice this,
because you have to snap
your whole mouth position,
inside your mouth,
back from a bent note to an unbent note.
And do it with the minimal
amount of effort.
Because if you're too kind of heavy
handed with it, it'll sound like this.
[MUSIC]
And
you'll never hit the first
hole draw unbent again.
So it's good to practice all
the combinations of going back and
forth between the two holes
that are next to each other.
So, for example, the first hole and
second hole, if I go from D to F.
[MUSIC]
And then I go D to F-sharp.
[MUSIC]
Going from D to G is just unbent.
[MUSIC]
Now I can go from G, which is
a second hole, down to D-flat.
[MUSIC]
Its just one hole to the next, but
sometimes it even feels further.
Because the pitches are so
much further or closer.
It gives the illusion of not having to
move as far or having to move further.
So it's a good thing to practice
all of these combinations.
So we did D to F.
[MUSIC]
D to F-sharp.
[MUSIC]
And G to D-flat.
[MUSIC]
And now we'll do F-sharp to C-sharp or
D-flat.
[MUSIC]
That's the musical interval
known as a fourth.
And we're gonna talk more
about intervals later as well.
But that's the interval
known as the fourth.
[MUSIC]
And then we can also go from F to D-flat.
[MUSIC]
Which is a major third.
If we were in the key of D-flat,
that would be D-flat and
F would be the first and
third notes of D-flat.
[MUSIC]
And later we will play in D-flat.
But also these bends are things that
you're gonna use in just in playing blues.
So it's good to get used to going back and
forth between the holes.
[MUSIC]
And that's another good one,
just go sliding back and
forth between them,
bending the second whole a little bit
more or a little bit less each time.
[MUSIC]
It also teaches you to conserve your air.
[MUSIC]
Back and forth
between one and two,
with two always being
F-sharp that time.
And then,
[MUSIC]
it sounds like Middle Eastern music.
[MUSIC]
We're going back and forth between the F
bent down on two, and D and D-flat on one.
[MUSIC]
These are almost like tongue twisters.
[MUSIC]