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Harmonica Lessons: Playing in Seven

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[MUSIC]
Now we're gonna learn a very
easy way to play in a rhythm of seven.
A seven is one of the odd time leaders
that it's a very common rhythm is many
parts of the world.
The Middle East, Eastern Europe, India,
and parts of Northern Africa as well.
There's a very easy way to
learn how to play in seven on
the harmonica that It involves
just playing a scale.
For example, let's pretend,
let's actually,
B in the Phrygian mode on a C harp,
which is the E to E mode.
[MUSIC]
The white keys of the piano.
[MUSIC]
If you think about it.
How many many notes are there in a scale?
There's seven notes.
[MUSIC]
So if you wanna play in seven,
the scale automatically
makes you play in seven.
So it's one, two, three,
four, five, six, seven.
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven.
It's not one, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, one.
That's a musical joke when you say
seven and it makes it an eight.
[LAUGH] So, seven being an odd
time you can't divide it in two.
So it divides into two or three groupings.
You can think of it as one, two, three,
four, one, two, three, like that.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Or you could split
up the fours into twos.
So it's one, one, two, one,
two, one, two, three, one,
two, one, two, one, two, three.
And since we're, there's seven notes in
the scale, it's going to come out right,
no matter what we do.
[MUSIC]
So this is a way of practicing a scale
that teaches you how to play in seven.
So if I were to play the seven
rhythm on the doumbek here.
[MUSIC]
One, two, one,
two, one, two, three.
One, two, one, two, one, two, three.
One, two, one, one, two, three.
One, two, one, two, one, two, three.
One.
So it sounds like that.
[MUSIC]
After a while you
get used to the swing of seven.
It's a very natural sounding rhythm and
people dance to it.
So, I recorded a little track of
myself on the keyboard playing it.
And now if everything is hooked up
correctly I'm gonna hit this little
button here and we're gonna hear
a vamp in E Phrygian mode and
I'm gonna play some improvisations
in seven on the harmonica for you.
Starting out simple,
getting a little bit more elaborate.
[MUSIC]