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Harmonica Lessons: Transposing: F Sharp and G Flat

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The next key up another fourth
is F sharp or G flat and
this key the first note is second
hole draw bent a half step.
To play the first, five notes of this
scale, there are no naturally
occurring notes on the harmonica.
As we get further and
further away from C, we get further and
further away from [SOUND] from the notes
that naturally are on the instrument.
We get up into that,
I call them the more far flung keys.
The thought process is more abstract but
you know the sound is
really great and later I'm gonna
play an F sharp blues for you.
So, F sharp
it's very juicy.
If you could sing
then you have a chance of being
able to play this lick.
So, Mary had
a Little Lamb
The notes are third hole
draw bent down a half step.
[SOUND] Third hole draw
bent down all the way,
then second hole draw bent a half step.
That note is fourth hole draw bent
down a half step, second octave.
Six overblows,
six draw bend, and five overblow.
Seven overdraw, wow.
[LAUGH] I'm not gonna try
to play it up from the top.
If any of you wanna squeak away
up there on the tenth hole,
feel free because you need a C sharp
up on the top [SOUND] to get the fifth.
I just did that,
I hope I didn't wreck any equipment here.
So we've gone through C, D, B flat,
E flat, A flat, C sharp, F sharp.
Lo and behold, we're done.
We've played Mary Had a Little Lamb
in 12 keys, transposed,
using your ear, using your knowledge
of what the actual notes are and
how to get them by bends, overblows and
overdraws from simple melody like this.
So this is your introduction to
transposing a tune into a different key.
A very valuable thing to know how to do,
whatever instrument you know.
Whatever instrument you're playing but
especially for the harmonica
which is why you are all here,
to be able to stretch your knowledge.
All the things that you've learned of
how to bend notes in tune and how to
overblow and now this is the, you see the
pathway that stretches out ahead of you.
You can take this path as far as
you want or just a little ways.
Just to be able to hit some
additional notes to play
the blues licks in the second octave.
And cross harp whatever you wanna do.
But this is where it eventually leads,
is to be able to play anything in all
12 keys on this humble instrument.