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Harmonica Lessons: "Wave"

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[MUSIC]
For all of you who don't
know this song it's called wave
by Antonio Carlos Jule Beam.
And it's not wave like hi,
it's wave like a wave of an ocean.
And Jule Beam was probably
the greatest Brazilian composer
of the 1950, 60s, 70s.
He wrote things that
were pop tunes in Brazil,
things played by American jazz musicians.
He wrote, Girl from Epanema.
He wrote Things played by orchestras.
Very amazing and wonderful musician.
And so
this tune wave is a very famous tune and
I'm gonna play it on a C harmonica.
And it's in D major and in D minor
which is why I chose a C harmonica.
The form of the tune is a little
bit unusual It's almost like a 12
bar blues played twice.
[MUSIC]
It goes to the key of the four.
It's in G major.
And then, three, six,
two, and flat six to D minor.
[MUSIC]
And then to the five.
It's twelve bars long, and it's almost a
weird kind of blues, and it does it again,
and then it goes to the bridge,
which goes to the keys of the flat third,
in other words, in D it's F,
[MUSIC].
And then the flat 2nd
[MUSIC]
which is E flat.
So, now we're playing on a c
harmonica in D, D minor both.
F and E flat.
So these are 3 keys that two
of them are easy to play in.
All three of them present
a little more difficulties.
So that when you have to play in
the key of D minor in third position,
it's pretty easy.
[SOUND] Dorian mode, or
[SOUND] D minor blues
licks D major, you need to play the
[MUSIC]
on the bottom,
just by bending in tune with the F sharp
[MUSIC]
and the C sharp.
[MUSIC]
To play the D major scale in the middle
octave, you need
[MUSIC]
the fifth hole overblow
[MUSIC]
and seven overdraw.
Just to be able to play
the scale of those keys.
Then, to play an F,
that F is the 12th position.
[MUSIC]
And then, to be able to play in E flat Is,
I don't even use position names anymore.
You can write me if you
can count that high.
[MUSIC]
But
it's the key of the fourth hole over
blow or the first hole over blow.
[MUSIC]
And you have to be able to really
understand what key you are playing in and
have a really good ear.
And get all those bends and
the overblows in tune.
[MUSIC]
And so you need to be
able to play those scales
in order to play Wave.
Just the basic technical skill necessary.
And then, of course,
within those scales you don't want to
sound like you're playing exercises.
I'm gonna play you the melody and
then I'm gonna solo over this tune,
so here it comes.
[MUSIC]
Something
like
that.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
So here's wave
played on a G harp.
It's a little bit of a mellower sound,
so we have to be in D minor and D major.
So it's cross harp second position.
[MUSIC]
Needs more overblows or immediately.
[MUSIC]
And
then the bridge goes
into F on a G harp,
which is 11th position.
[SOUND] The key of the third
hold draw bent on a half-step.
[MUSIC]
And then a whole step lower than that.
E flat on a G harp,
which would be A flat on a C harp.
This is third hole drop
bent down all the way.
[MUSIC]
And
then back to D.
And as I explained to you,
the form is, it's 2/12 bars,
and then 2/4 bar phrases,
and then a 12 bar.
So it's A, A, B, A.
But it's 24, 8, and 12.
A little unusual.
So, here it is.
[MUSIC]
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