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Harmonica Lessons: Adjacent Notes Exercise 2: Holes 2 and 3

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[MUSIC]
Okay, now we're going to do
the ones that go between two and three.
So if we go between holes two and
threes by themselves, it's on the draw.
It's just D and G.
[SOUND] But obviously these are the holes
that have the largest bends in them.
So each one can bend quite a ways.
G can bend down to F.
[SOUND] And B can bend down to G sharp.
[SOUND] So
there's going to be lots of combinations.
So first we can try bending.
All the notes that we
can on the third hole,
and keep the second hole just a G.
So, we'll do it going down from B,
on the third hole.
[MUSIC]
B, B flat,
A, A flat.
[MUSIC]
And if you need to check your intonation,
you can always hit
the note on the keyboard,
if you have a keyboard sitting around.
You can hit B, B flat, A, and
A flat while you're doing this.
And the important thing is to snap out
of that bent embouchure when you hit
the second hole draw, because it's unbent.
[MUSIC]
Now you
can also do this.
This is a very good thing to
do to get control of the third
hole is to try to bend the third
hole in a leapfrog fashion.
B, A, B flat, A flat.
[MUSIC]
So we're leapfrogging over the bends
of the four notes that you can get.
[MUSIC]
This one you definitely when you're
starting to do this, you definitely
want to check it with the keyboard.
[MUSIC]
Because it's easy to get
lost in that big bend over there.
So now, after you've done this for
awhile, and
done it in different combinations
going up from the bottom as well.
[MUSIC]
That's a real good one.
A flat, B flat, A, B.
And it always helps to sing stuff too.
Like I was telling you earlier about
classical music when you're reading
music and
you have to learn how to sing the music so
you can play them on other harmonicas.
When you're trying to do
anything on the harmonica.
To sing it first puts it into
your mind as a sound, and
then when you play it you
have that sound in your head.
[MUSIC]
So if we
alternate those
with two draw
[MUSIC].
See what I'm saying?
[MUSIC]
We're going G,
A flat, G, B flat.
G, A, G, B.
At this point you might be saying Howard,
don't torture me.
Believe me, if you do this stuff,
it'll make a lot of other things
much easier for you in the future.
Because when you try to play the harmonica
in a musical way using these pitches,
if you're out of tune people will not
appreciate it, so these exercises
will really help you zero in on these
particular problems with the harmonica.
[MUSIC]
That's
a bunch of those.
Good luck with that.
[MUSIC].