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Harmonica Lessons: "Stop Time Blues" by Howard Levy

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This piece is in D flat and
I take advantage of the structure of
the harmonica to go
[MUSIC]
basically it's playing the D flat
arpeggio.
[MUSIC]
And the C arpeggio.
[MUSIC]
And
then I also go.
[MUSIC]
That's bending down using the,
stretching up the fourth hole overblow.
[MUSIC]
And also, stretching up the sixth hole
overblow to get that
flatted seventh of D flat,
which is a B natural from the B flat.
[MUSIC]
And I'm using some old Jelly Roll Morton
changes that goes one, three, six, two,
five, one at the end of the blues.
This is some old New Orleans stuff.
Mixed in with just regular blues changes,
okay?
So I'm just gonna play it again.
Maybe talk a little while I play.
>> One, two, one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
That's
the four overblow.
[MUSIC]
That's a
diminished
arpeggio.
[MUSIC]
So
I tried to
outline some
of the chords
for you,
I missed one
of the diminished
chords, I
played it
early, but
I just wanted
you to hear.
[MUSIC]
That's a diminished seventh arpeggio, and
then it went one
[MUSIC]
three
[MUSIC]
which is an F, and then the sixth,
[MUSIC]
which is a B flat.
And then the two chord,
which is an E flat.
[MUSIC]
And then the five chord,
which is an A flat.
[MUSIC]
So this is trying to get comfortable
in a key that's pretty far from
C although it's very close to C.
It's as far and
as close as you can get, and
if you practice this tune you'll
get surprisingly comfortable.
Just don't try to do anything too fancy,
but take advantage of what the harmonica
can give you here, which is why I
wrote this tune in the style I wrote.
And if you wanna send me in performances
of this tune, please feel free, okay?
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, this is
a blues I wrote in D flat.
And I tried to take advantage of
the structure of the harmonica for
this one to make it actually playable for
all you guys.
It isn't that scary at all and
a stop time is,
[MUSIC]
it's when the band stops the rhythm,
the rhythm section stops and
lets you alone in the clear.
So it used to go along with old
style dancing back when I was about
five in 1903.
Okay, here we go.
>> One, two, a one, two, three.
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