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Harmonica Lessons: "On Broadway"

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[MUSIC].
So here's On Broadway.
Now, this is an old tune that was
originally done by the Drifters,
I believe.
It was like a tin pan alley rock
'n roll hit from the 1960s.
And George Benson took it and transformed
it into an instrumental hit where he
scat sung the doo da
doo badadada ra da da,
boda do do da do da do
doo ba bye a do da do do.
All that stuff and
really dazzled people because he
was a great singer, just like me.
So I'm going to show it to
you at a beginner level,
because I think that even though it's
a bluesy tune, it's important for
you to realize, if you're just starting
out on the harmonica, that you can play
things in second position in that top part
of the harmonica and get the blues notes.
So Iike
[MUSIC].
It's kind of, it's the mixalidiean mode,
second position
[MUSIC].
And we're just missing the second note of
the scale here because you need a bend
[MUSIC].
And the flat seventh down here,
because you also need a bend.
So I'm not going to play those.
And I'm going to concentrate on
the melody, playing the melody,
teaching it to you on
the top of the harmonica.
So the notes of the melody are D,
B, G, A, B, excuse me D.
B, G, F, A, G, D.
It's got a lot of bigger
intervals in it
[MUSIC].
It starts on the fourth hole draw
[MUSIC],
goes to seven draw
[MUSIC].
Six blow
[MUSIC].
Six draw
[MUSIC].
Eight draw
[MUSIC].
Seven draw, six blow
[MUSIC].
And then five draw, six draw
[MUSIC].
Six blow, four draw
[MUSIC].
So this is a kind of
a good exercise in
learning how to jump
some intervals
[MUSIC].
And then it goes to the four chord.
It's kind of a blues.
So it goes to C
[MUSIC]
or
[MUSIC]
you could play that one
[MUSIC]
down in that octave.
It's the same exact notes
[MUSIC]
relatively to the C chord.
It's G, E, C, D, G, E, C, D.
If you want to start down here, it's four,
[MUSIC]
three, rather
[MUSIC],
and then it hits the five chord for
a second, and then back to the one
[MUSIC].
It's a very, very, very simple song.
It's got great lyrics because it's about
a young man trying to make it in the music
business because he's got this here
guitar, and he's going to be a star.
It's real simple, but
it's a really cool song.
And George Benson made more
of a funk thing out of it.
And he played this [SOUND]
going from G to F, to F7.
[SOUND] So to follow the chord changes,
strictly as a jazz musician,
you'd have to play
the arpeggios of the chord.
I'm not going to really worry about that.
So as long as you can play some
rudimentary blues licks
without bending
[MUSIC]
because you don't know how to bend yet
if you're a beginner
[MUSIC]
and follow the chords when it goes into C.
So as long as you can do that,
you can be able to solo over this because
it's only got this simple little
structure of playing in G and C,
and then briefly for a second into D.
So now I'm going to play it for you.
[MUSIC]
A little introduction.
Here it goes.
[MUSIC]
That's
all it
is.
[MUSIC]
Couldn't resist bending a little bit.
[MUSIC]
Then he
just vamps
on one
chord.
[MUSIC]
So that's
a very,
very simple
way of playing
On Broadway.
And I'm going to do also a lesson on
intermediate playing of this tune.
And so once you feel
comfortable with bending notes,
you can try the intermediate
lesson on this.
Okay?
I moved around pretty fast and
played some pretty fast licks, but
I wanted to show you that you can play all
of those things without bending any notes
if you have facility on the instrument and
you don't know how to bend yet.
You can run around on simple chord
changes like this pretty easily.
[MUSIC]