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Harmonica Lessons: Transposing: "Mary Had a Little Lamb" in E and B

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Next key up from A.
[NOISE] A fifth higher.
That interval of a fifth again.
So E is the second hole blow,
the fifth hole blow, the eighth hole blow.
To play the first five notes of
the E scale, we need F sharp and G sharp.
And we start on G sharp,
which is the third hole
draw bent down all the way.
F sharp is the second hole draw bent down
And you bend up from
D sharp to G on the same hole.
Next, I'm going to
play it an octave higher.
So we need the G sharp an octave higher.
G sharp and A flat are the same note.
Sometimes you think of six draw
Six draw bend,
you're bending an A onto an A flat.
Bending an A down to a G sharp too.
So we need G sharp F sharp, E.
F sharp is the fifth hole over blow.
Sometimes it is even helpful if you're
trying this for
the first time to play those notes on
the piano to get your bends and
overblows in tune.
Because you could mechanically
be playing those things, but
you might be really out of tune.
And if you don't wanna try
to play along you could just hit
a chord like hit the E major chord and
let it ring [SOUND]
that'll center your pitch.
The next position up is B.
A fifth higher.
B is the third hole draw.
To play in B major,
since it's the Locrian mode,
you need to sharpen just
about all the notes.
Cause you have B.
C sharp.
D sharp.
[SOUND] E is actually there.
[SOUND] And then F sharp.
[SOUND] So C sharp is four draw bend.
[SOUND] D sharp is four overblow.
[SOUND] E is five blow.
[SOUND] F sharp is five overblow.
[SOUND] This involves
a little more thought.
You have to hit an overblow
first right out of the box.
do that in tune.
And not do.
Just get familiar
with these kind of things.
If you play it in the top octave,
it gets really a little squirrely,
because the first note
is eight below bend.
You have to get the D sharp.
In tune.
It's not easy.
[NOISE] Then seven over draw.
nine blow bend.
See why playing in B major isn't so
natural or simple thing to do.
That's why it's good if you're
trying to play in these keys to take
something ultra simple like this,
and try this first.
I'll finish it for you.
[SOUND] Now this is the end of
the sixth of the modal
positions that go up and
the fifths that are still white keys.