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Harmonica Lessons: "O Danny Boy"

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[MUSIC]
>> Well,
good timing for St. Patrick's Day of 2010.
This is a very simple
version of Danny Boy,
which I think is one of the most
beautiful tunes that there is.
It's just a beautiful melody.
And I'm gonna play it for
you in G on a G harp in first position.
The only place you can really play
it without knowing how to bend notes
is up in the upper octave.
So this is kinda a good practice for
you to get relaxed with
playing up in the top octave.
Because I know that sometimes beginners
have trouble relaxing up on the top.
The thing to remember is, just let the
breath go freely in and out of the reeds.
Because the blow reads are higher
than the draw reeds, so
you can't pull hard on the draw reeds
the way that you can on the bottom.
[MUSIC]
If you do that on the top,
they choke off and no sound comes out.
So just take it easy.
And here's how the melody goes.
It starts on seven draw.
It's basically the notes of the major
scale, with a few intervals.
[MUSIC]
So it starts seven draw,
seven blow, eight draw, eight blow.
[MUSIC]
Then jumps up to ten draw.
[SOUND] Then nine blow, eight blow.
[SOUND] Eight draw, seven blow.
[SOUND] Six draw.
So that gives you an idea of how it goes.
[MUSIC]
I can use
my campfire
vibrato.
It's kinda pretty on that.
[MUSIC]
And then you
have to come down
a little bit.
[MUSIC]
It would be
really nice if we
could continue
[MUSIC]
except you need
that note that's a bend.
So you have to go
[MUSIC]
or
[MUSIC].
So this isn't exactly perfect for
playing the middle register part because
it does involve a bend that you
can't get yet if you're a beginner.
But it's a really beautiful melody and
I think that you can
just try it like this.
And then you can also do some
intervalic playing like
[MUSIC].
Some tongue blocking techniques just
to show you the future,
[MUSIC].
That's contrary motion,
the left side of my mouth went
[MUSIC]
and the right side
went,
[MUSIC]
with the tongue in
the middle blocking one hole.
[MUSIC]
Then [SOUND] blocking three holes.
[MUSIC]
Some
trill.
[MUSIC]
So for those of you
who are first position
players who don't know
how to bend you can also
experiment with this
tongue blocking stuff.
For those of you who are beginners,
just starting to play the instrument,
that stuff is kinda scary and
you have to learn how to do it.
But playing the adjacent
notes are pretty easy.
[MUSIC]
Except for
down there, whoops.
Try that,
just the two notes next to each other.
Now just something that points toward
the future, you can also play this melody.
This is a G harp in case I forgot to say
because playing it in a high register,
I like to use the G harp instead of the C.
Cuz the C gets really too screechy.
If you want to you can also
play this tune in the key of C
on the G harp which is what's
called the 12th position.
And to play scale in this key is hard
because you can't get the fourth its
[MUSIC].
Its called the Lydian mode.
But since this melody doesn't use fourth
very much, we can play parts of it.
[MUSIC]
That's
an over blow.
[MUSIC]
See except for one note,
you can play in that key.
And that's a very,
very sweet and lovely sound.
Because this key of the 12th position
does have the major 7th in it.
[MUSIC]
If you try to play it in cross harp.
[MUSIC]
You're not gonna be able to have that
major seventh unless you know how to
bend on the bottom of the harmonica.
So, for beginners, Danny Boy really
works best in first position.
And give it a shot.
And if any of you have nice versions of
it, please feel free to send a video and
I will try to help you make it better.
[MUSIC]