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Harmonica Lessons: "Brahms Lullabye"

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[MUSIC]
You
are getting
sleepy.
Do not listen to this song if you're
operating heavy machinery or driving.
[LAUGH] This is the song commonly
known as Brahm's Lullaby, or
Gute Nacht, I think it's called in German,
I think it's called that,
or Go to Sleep, one of the other,
can't remember.
This is a song my mother actually sang me
as a lullaby when I was a a little kid.
She would stand at the top of the stairs,
and I just have a great affection for
this song, and it's very simple, it's
from the homeland of the mundt harmonica,
so I thought I'd play it for you.
[MUSIC]
Lovely
melody.
Now you can do things with this melody.
You can play it in.
[MUSIC]
Thirds.
[MUSIC]
The occasional sixth.
I'm playing five and seven.
[SOUND] And
blocking six with the tip of my tongue.
[MUSIC]
Same thing with four and seven.
[SOUND] Blocking five and
six draw with my tongue.
I'm thinking pianistically,
I'm seeing the piano harmonies in my mind.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
That's a little
tricky.
[MUSIC]
But we can't play,
an F chord.
[MUSIC]
Not with the C on top.
[MUSIC]
And there I was doing
my tongue switching
between two draw and
three blow to get the G on the bottom.
[MUSIC]
So there's a lot of things you can do with
this and still keep it in good taste,
and if you want to sound
like an accordion player playing it with
the [SOUND] feel you can do that too.
[MUSIC]
So that's
the Brahms Lullaby,
and I do have one
funny story
about this to
relate to you.
I played a festival in Ruddlestot,
it's in Saxony part of Germany,
and it was a big street crowd, and
they wanted us to keep playing.
There were a lot of harmonica players and
people were just really really into it,
and the producer, said to me,
look we gotta end the concert.
Somebody has to play something because
we were just standing out there going.
[SOUND] Clapping and
shouting, and so I said,
why don't I just go up and
play something quiet.
So I went up there and played this
because I had done that before on shows.
[MUSIC]
I had forgotten it was a German song, and
the thousand people that were there
all started singing along in sort
of a whisper in German, and
it was just really one of those wonderful
experiences I will never, ever forget.
And at the end of it, they all just
went and they just walked away.
[LAUGH] It was just perfect, so
I remember that with fondness.
[MUSIC]