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Harmonica Lessons: "Killer Joe" on C Harp

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Sometimes in the course of
playing jazz tunes or
Latin tunes, we end up playing for
a long time over one chord or two chords.
There are some very famous vamp patterns.
One of them that I'm gonna teach you
now is named after a tune written by
Benny Golson called Killer Joe.
And Killer Joe was I believe he was
a dancer who used to come into the bebop
clubs and do all these really cool moves
while these bebop musicians were playing
all their great solos, because jazz had
stopped becoming really dance music.
When the beboppers were playing,
it was more listening music.
And so, this is just two chords.
It's G, [SOUND] G13, or
G7, [SOUND] to F13, F7.
It's just a.
So there's a lot of
different things you can
do on this little two-chord vamp.
Sometimes you might hear it like.
Latin music,
it could be any one of a number
of different fields.
For now, I just played like a jazz
swing feel with a bass line going.
So I'm gonna play along to
it on the C harmonica, so
we're gonna be basically G7 and F7.
And you'll hear, sometimes I'll
separate the two things into,
I'm playing one chord, and
then I'm playing the other chord.
Sometimes I'll find one melody that
sort of slides between the two chords.
Sometimes you can play something
bluesy that fits over both of them.
So listen closely.
>> One, two, three.
>> [MUSIC]
That's the original
melody from the A section of this tune.