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Harmonica Lessons: Transposing: A Flat

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The next key up another
fourth on the harmonica.
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Is A flat.
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Which is the third hole draw,
bent down all the way.
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So if I try to play just the A flat
major scale
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on the C harmonica,
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it's the third hole draw
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bent all the way down.
The third hole draw
bent down one half step
down,
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B flat, then C, which is four blow.
[SOUND] And then D flat,
which is four draw bend
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and then E flat, which is four over blow.
See, you have to have a mental
understanding of what you're doing,
as well as a good ear, that you've
developed through trying to sing
the things that you've heard,
in order to play believably in a key
like this on the diatonic
harmonica in the key of C.
So.
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Seven
blow.
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Six over blow.
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Eight blow bend.
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Six draw bend.
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Eventually you'll
be able to play things in A flat.
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Bluesy
things.
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A little bee-bop.
And you see I have my eyes tightly shut,
because I'm seeing this,
I'm see these notes.
That's how I'm bending in tune and
mentally I know the notes that
I'm going for before I play them.
And I'm singing those lines slightly
before I'm playing them in my mind.
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Because I've listened to a lot of Charlie
Parker, that's one of the main things.
The greatest bebop
improviser in history and
the creator of basically
modern jazz solo language.
Just want to give you a little
touch of where this is going,
starting from your Mary had a Little Lamb,
you can eventually get
to this other point.
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