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Harmonica Lessons: "Ave Maria" - Bach/Gounod: G Harp

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This is Ave Maria which
uses a prelude by Bach as
the underlying structure.
And then Gounod wrote this beautiful
melody that goes over the top.
I'm playing it on a G harmonica.
It has two overblows in it,
one the fifth hole for C sharp, and
one the fourth hole for B flat.
And it does have an eight-bar
introduction I believe,
where you're gonna just
hear the piano by itself.
Four bars.
Well, [LAUGH] can't say much about that.
What's a good Jewish boy
gonna say about that.
So that's a very beautiful
melody I have to say.
I tried to sing it on harmonica.
And there's words I'm looking
at the music a little bit.
I've memorized it in the past, but I
wanted to make sure that I didn't play any
wrong notes, so I did glance
down every once in awhile at it.
And it's really in G major,
it's really pretty simple,
except that these overblows
are very exposed and
you really have to hit them in a very
convincing and meaningful way.
And I try to get the most out of it.
And if I can bend a note,
a nuance up to a note.
I won't do it like a blues singer, but
I'll do it a lot of opera singers
don't hit the notes dead on.
They'll, [SOUND] they'll
scoot up to an O2.
Because it's an universal thing,
I mean expression isn't square.
It doesn't stop when you
have music in front of you.
You have to interpret the music and
bring your own personality and soul to it.