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Harmonica Lessons: "Hey Jude"

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I've been trying to think
of a lot of Beatles tunes for
this website and
I stumbled upon the fact
that Hey Jude can be done
almost entirely in first
position on a C harp in the key
of C without any bends until
you get to the very end.
And this is sort of breaking
with a lot of what I do, but
I'm gonna show you how to play
this song using two harmonicas.
A C harmonica and
an F harmonica at the end.
Because if you're a beginner and don't
know how to bend, and get very frustrated,
this is really nice to be able
to just play a tune like this.
it's just the notes of the major
scale starting on the fifth, which is G.
Sixth hole blow.
kinda nice that
it actually
uses that third
hole draw.
So everything
is in the key of C.
Almost like a classical
choral of some sort.
And then
make it better.
And then it has a C seven.
And we basically in the key of F so for
a little while,
we're really in the key of F,
which is the fifth hole draw,
twelfth position.
go down
The whole song, the whole main body
of the song, fits on a C harmonica,
even though it's not just in the key of C.
It is in F, but it doesn't ever use
the fourth note of the F scale,
which is a B flat.
Which you can't get unless you
can bend the third hole draw or
over blow the sixth hole.
So for a beginner,
this is a really good tune.
It's a big jump from four draw
to six seven blow.
It also helps to bend to give little
So if you're learning how to bend,
you can start doing that.
amazing how
well it fits
on the harmonica,
until you get
to the end.
Where it goes,
if you can bend,
you can do that, but
you can't do it
in this octave, unless you can over blow.
[SOUND] Because really it changes from
C major [SOUND] to C mixed Lydian
with a B flat chord
and all of a sudden, it's bluesy.
All of a sudden,
it's a different kind of tune entirely.
So, what I will tell you to do at that
point is to pick up your F [LAUGH]
harmonica, and just go from two draw
or if you have a low F harmonica,
that will sound a little bit more.
Without even knowing how to bend,
you can convincingly play
that part of the song.
So, it's a song that can be played
easily by somebody who doesn't
know how to bend,
as long as they pick up the F harmonica,
then play it in second
position at the end.
So I want some of you to have
some satisfaction here and
not just go I can't play anything
if I don't know how to bend.
There's quite a few things
you can play if you don't.
This is Hey Jude part two and I'm going to
play it along with
the track that I laid down.
And I'm going to start it out on a C harp.
And then when it goes to that
ride-out chorus at the end,
where it's in C mixolydian mode,
I'm gonna switch to the high F harp, and
then eventually the low F harp, just
to give you an idea of how to do this.
Here we go.
For all you
blues players,
you could just
let loose here.
Try not to bend notes downward.
Then you could also play that on a low F.