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Harmonica Lessons: "And I Love Her" (Intermediate)

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Just about
everybody whose
over the age of three
knows that tune.
It's a real famous Beatles tune
back from the days of Beatlemania,
when their music was sweeping the world.
It seemed to be popular everywhere.
It's called, And I Love Her.
What's funny about this tune is,
first off, it works really, really well on
a bunch of different harmonicas, but
it also is kind of a mini theory lesson.
Because it's not in the key that you
might think its in when it starts.
It starts out basically in D minor,
now the original one is in C sharp minor,
and it modulates up a half step, for
the sake of the harmonica right here,
I'm just gonna keep it in one key.
So, [SOUND] it goes from G
minor to D minor,
and then [SOUND] B flat to C to F.
[SOUND] So, it's in D minor and F,
which is the relative minor,
and major of each other.
It's in the same key all the way through.
But it fools you because it's a little
deceptive in the way it starts.
And then the bridge.
Goes from D minor
[SOUND] to A minor [SOUND] to C.
So, it's all in the scale of F,
[SOUND] and D minor.
It's modal.
It's really a modal tune.
Major scale, natural minor.
So, what I'm gonna do here is show
you how to play it on the harmonica.
The melody, if you're gonna
play it in fourth position and
first position, which is the easiest
way to do it, since it is in one key.
I have a low F harmonica here.
For those of you who don't have low F's,
you'll play it in an octave
higher on a high F.
It doesn't sound as pretty for a melody,
but it starts on the fourth hole draw.
It's four draw,
[SOUND] seven draw,
[SOUND] seven blow,
those are the outlines of it
no bends necessary.
If you're a beginner,
you're gonna have to play the next part
up there because you need to bend
[SOUND] the third hole draw bend.
and then
the middle
part goes.
And then it repeats again,
it's such a simple tune.
And the original one,
they had a clave going,
kind of like a bossa nova rhythm,
but this pattern
also sounds Japanese.
It's the Japanese scale, Hirajoshi.
[SOUND] I think this is one of
the reasons why the Beatles were so
well, they're popular in Japan,
is that this sounds like a Japanese tune,
that part of it.
The Beatles had a lot of things in their
music that drew from a lot of different
cultures, intentionally or
So, that's how it works on the F
harmonica in first position.
Now, if I were to play
it on some other harmonicas.
In what I would call second position, so
in F in second position you'd
be at a B flat harmonica.
A fifth above the key of the harp.
Now this gets into the realm of overblows
and bends because the first note
here is the third hole draw.
And then the fifth hole overblow.
this gives it
a different kind
of expression.
[SOUND] You can be bluesy with it.
you have to hit that fifth hole
overblow like you believe it.
there it
is in cross
Now, there's another choice
here that works really well,
that you wouldn't necessarily think of.
[SOUND] Which is playing that on a G harp,
in what I call 11th position.
This is the key,
a whole step below the key of the harp,
that you have to bend to get.
[SOUND] It's the third hole draw,
bent down a half step.
[SOUND] And so, this goes.
The minor part
of it is like cross
harp in a minor key.
Down there,
you can start it on the first hole blow.
it sounds kinda nice, and
then in the middle part
that sounds really great,
because you've got that sixth hole draw.
So, this is the third
harmonica that you can play it on.
And then there's another
way you could do it.
You could play it in 12th
position on a C harp.
[SOUND] So, 12th position is the key of F,
and so it's F and D minor.
In other words, it goes back and forth
between third position, and 12th position.
D minor starting on the note
of G, [SOUND] two draw.
and then
it's kinda
high, but
it's got that
[LAUGH] I can bluesify it a little bit.
I just bent an overblow
in that little lick.
So, this is by way of
explanation of the different
harmonicas you can play along,
and now I'm gonna do
a second part of this,
where I'm gonna perform it on
all these four harmonicas.
Here's, And I Love Her,
played on a low F harp.
First position, fourth position,
relative major and minor.
This is the introduction.
I left a little bit of it on.
Just half of one of the Beatles tunes.
if you don't
know how
to bend.
I'll show you.
What you do.
You go up.
And then, this part.
down here.
No bends for either.
You can
do it up there
with no bends,
if you want.
Here it is in the first octave with bends.
then it ends
on a G major.