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Harmonica Lessons: "Mystery Train"

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[MUSIC]
This is an unstandard
kind of blues progression.
It's basically a 12 bar blues, but instead
of starting out with the one chord,
it starts out with the four chord.
We're playing in the key of A.
So I'm gonna use a D harp,
[MUSIC]
and cross harp.
It's called Mystery Train.
And this song was recorded
by a lot of blues artists,
but also by Elvis Presley, who probably
had the most famous version of it,
in terms of America
knowing about the tune.
So it goes four.
[MUSIC]
One.
[MUSIC]
Four.
[MUSIC]
One.
[MUSIC]
Five.
[MUSIC]
And sometimes it doesn't play the four,
just one., Train I ride sixteen coaches
long,Train i ride sixteen
coaches long,That
long balck train got my baby and gone.
[MUSIC]
And see, it doesn't have a turnaround
the way you'd normally think.
The turnaround has to go back up
to the four chord from the one.
[MUSIC]
So then it gets the four.
[MUSIC]
And
this feel is called the gospel two beat.
Cuz it's one, two, one, two, one, two,
one, two
[MUSIC].
It's a church rhythm.
[MUSIC]
Got my mojo working,
is basically that kind of groove too.
So the other thing about Mystery Train
is that sometimes people add extra bars.
They'll go
[MUSIC]
.Train train, goin down the track.
Sometimes, there could be
three bars in there instead of
two because maybe someone might
wanna imitate a train
[MUSIC].
Do it sort of like
the orange blossom special.
So this is a place where country and
gospel and blues kind of
all intersect with this kind of music,
and this kind of music is very popular.
It was very popular with people all over
the South and the Appalachian region,
whether they were white or black or
whatever they were, and this is very,
very American music.
So I'm gonna play it along with this
little backing track I recorded.
So here we go with Mystery Train.
And it's just 12 bars, even though a lot
of times I play it more than 12 bars.
[MUSIC]