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Harmonica Lessons: "Hey Jude"

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[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
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.
So
[MUSIC]
it's just the notes of the major
scale starting on the fifth, which is G.
Sixth hole blow.
[MUSIC]
It's
kinda nice that
it actually
uses that third
hole draw.
[MUSIC]
So everything
is in the key of C.
Almost like a classical
choral of some sort.
[MUSIC]
And then
make it better.
[MUSIC]
And then it has a C seven.
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
Or
[MUSIC]
You
go down
there.
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.
[MUSIC]
It's a big jump from four draw
to six seven blow.
[MUSIC]
It also helps to bend to give little
inflections.
[MUSIC]
So if you're learning how to bend,
you can start doing that.
[MUSIC]
It's
amazing how
well it fits
on the harmonica,
until you get
to the end.
Where it goes,
[MUSIC]
if you can bend,
[MUSIC]
you can do that, but
you can't do it
[MUSIC]
in this octave, unless you can over blow.
[SOUND] Because really it changes from
C major [SOUND] to C mixed Lydian
[MUSIC]
with a B flat chord
[MUSIC]
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
[MUSIC]
or if you have a low F harmonica,
that will sound a little bit more.
[MUSIC]
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.
Okay?
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.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
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.
[MUSIC]
Now
I
switch
to
the
high
F
harp.
[MUSIC]
For all you
blues players,
you could just
let loose here.
[MUSIC]
Try not to bend notes downward.
[MUSIC]
Then you could also play that on a low F.
[MUSIC]