This is the first movement
of the Bach E minor flute sonata.
I'm playing it on a G harmonica in the key
of E minor, which is fourth position.
I'm just playing the first 16 bars.
So that intermediate players can
perform this because after then,
you need a bunch of overblows.
So this is just blow, draw, and bend.
that on a G
And a lot of this music is in the harmonic
minor scale where you need a D sharp.
So you have to differentiate
between the different parts of
the third hole draw bend.
On a G harmonica, that's a D sharp and
So this is another case of having to
be able to sing the melody because I
picked the G harmonica
to play this one on.
You have to sing the melody so
that you can read it on another key
harmonica and feel comfortable.
In the beginning, if you want to do
this you might take a pencil and
right out all the different holes and
the arrows and the bends, that's fine.
But after a while you should be able to
reed on just more than just one harmonica.
In the event that you learn how
to reed it all on the harmonica.
If I want to I can also
play this on a C harmonica,
I can play it on a D harmonica,
but for the sake of instruction.
It doesn't need any over blows for
the first 16 bars which
is why I did it on this.
And also, playing slowly, it gets a richer
sound out of this lower harmonica.
Now I did one thing when
it went up to [SOUND].
That is a mouth trill.
I was just going, [SOUND] there's no
air going in and out of my throat.
It's just my mouth going,
[SOUND] going weekoo, weekoo,
weekoo [LAUGH] kind of like that.
then when I held that long note
I deliberately didn't have
any vibrato in the beginning.
Then I started adding vibrato,
because I wanted to make the sound
grow and have it sound interesting.
And, I'm trying to follow the dynamics
marks that are in this music because when
you read music you're trying to get
the melody right and the rhythm right and
if there are dynamics written,
which means loud and soft.
Things like that.
Crescendo means getting louder.
Decrescendo means getting softer.
Try to follow all those things too.