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Harmonica Lessons: "Sweet Georgia Brown"

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[MUSIC]
Here's another tune
that's in the vain of Ragtime and
early Jazz from the 1920s.
It's really a Flapper song.
And it's called Sweet Georgia Brown.
A very, very famous song that's been
played by all different kinds of jazz
musicians from the most traditional ones,
even to some modern ones.
It's got an interesting chord progression.
Because it doesn't start on the chord
that the key, of the key of the song.
If it's in F
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna use a C harmonica in twelfth
position.
The first chord is D.
[MUSIC]
These are all seventh
chords, and then
[MUSIC]
a G7.
[MUSIC]
And then a C7.
[MUSIC]
Then to F,
finally and then, C.
[MUSIC]
And then, an A-7 leading back to the D,
which is the five of D.
[MUSIC]
then G7
[MUSIC]
now D minor
[MUSIC]
and then F,
[MUSIC]
G7.
[MUSIC]
Now, I'm not playing on a B flat harp and
F, cross harp.
I'm playing it in F on a C harp.
[MUSIC]
So if they first chord is D7,
that's like third position,
but it's major.
[MUSIC]
mixolydian,
all you have to make sure to
have in there is the F sharp.
[MUSIC]
And in the second octave,
you'd have to be over blow which
we don't know how to do yet,
this is the intermediate level and
then the second chord is G7.
[MUSIC]
It's the same lick except with an F
natural.
[MUSIC]
So, you can play anything in cross harp.
[MUSIC]
And then, [SOUND] C
[MUSIC]
is first position.
[MUSIC]
And then back to F.
[MUSIC]
And a quick A.
[MUSIC]
Which would be fourth position but
it's the seventh chord.
And then it goes again back to D7,
[SOUND] to G7, [SOUND] and
then D minor which is third position.
[MUSIC]
and then the real version
of the tune goes down in half steps.
[MUSIC]
But you don't know how to do
that yet, but
[MUSIC]
so you don't have to worry about it,
you just stay in F
[MUSIC].
You won't catch all the little corners
of the chord progression if it's being
played in a real jazzy way.
But it works really well on a C harp,
and I want you to try it.
So now I'm gonna play along with
the backing track that I've laid down.
And it also features a thing, called
the Charleston Rhythm, before I do it.
This is a rhythm that goes.
[MUSIC]
It was a real popular dance started in
Charleston, South Carolina in the 1920s,
actually much earlier than that.
It got very popular in the 1920s.
And the Harlem Globetrotters took this for
their theme song.
[MUSIC]
And that Charleston rhythm was the sign
that the Harlem Globetrotters were
there and about to play a game.
So the tune has an interesting history.
So I'm gonna play along with it now,
on the C harp.
Here it goes.
[MUSIC]
Whoops.
Overblow
[MUSIC]
Sorry.
[MUSIC]