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Harmonica Lessons: Transposing: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in C, G, D, and A

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Okay, now for
a little simple transposing.
I'm gonna take a melody,
a very simple melody, and
show you how to play it in
several different keys.
[SOUND] We're gonna play
Mary had a little lamb.
It's, I'm just doing
this because it's easy.
It's just the first five
notes of the scale.
This really, really simple, but
I want you to do something simple first.
So, the notes of the scale are
three, two, one, two,
three, three, three, two,
two, two, three, five, five.
So the notes, the names of the notes,
E, D, C, D, E, E, E, D, D, D, E, G, G.
On the harmonica,
Now I'm going to transpose
it up in fifths.
This follows the positions
on the harmonica.
So we go up a fifth from C.
Or at G second position.
Put it
into the next
The next position
up is a fifth up from G,
which is D.
So now we're
going to play,
It's an F sharp.
First I'll play Mary Had A Little Lamb for
you, and then I'll show you
the names of the black keys.
F sharp, right?
Fifth hole overblow.
the F sharp.
It's the ninth hole below a bend.
So, now we're talking about sharps and
So I'd better show you
what the keyboard is.
Even though I played
intervals to those notes,
I didn't tell you the names of the notes.
C, C sharp, or D flat.
D, D sharp,
or E flat.
E and F are a half step apart.
F sharp, or G flat.
G, G sharp, or A flat.
A, A sharp, or B flat.
So each of these five black
keys can be called a sharp or
a flat depending on what
the musical context is.
A sharp means it's higher
than the note below it.
A flat means it's lower
than the note above it.
So, now we're going to
go up another fifth.
to A.
Which is fourth position to
play the major scale in A
We need a C sharp,
and an F sharp, and a G sharp, but
I'm just playing the first five
notes just to make this easy.
So Mary Had a Little Lamb,
starts on the third note.
Then we need the C
sharp in the next octave,
which happens to be
seventh hole overdraw.