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Harmonica Lessons: "My Romance"

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[MUSIC]
My Romance this is one of
the most commonly played jazz
standards in a major key.
It was probably the most famous Jazz
version of it were the mini versions that
Bill Evans recorded.
Its natural key, its home key,
is the key of C.
Which makes it very easy for us on
the harmonica, no matter who you are,
to play this tune.
The thing about this tune that is so
interesting is that the notes of the song,
[MUSIC].
If you're watching my
right hand on the piano,
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
Da da.
It's all the white keys.
There's a lot of chords, but
the melody is all the white keys.
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Which makes it unusual
in the world of jazz for
a standard to only have
the notes of the major scale.
So, a beginner could
pick up a C harmonica
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and the ending is kind
of subjective,
different people play
it different ways.
You see how easy it is.
But there's many many chords.
So if you're playing
this with jazz musicians.
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You can look up the chord changes
in any of the jazz fake books.
You can find these things on line,
you can buy them.
So basically it's in C with some shadings,
and then it goes into A minor,
the relative minor.
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And that, when you're in a minor key,
it takes the melody and
gives it a slightly different flavor.
It's the same basic melody, but
it gives it a little bit of sadder flavor
because when you surround diatonic
melodies like this with minor chords.
It makes them more melancholy.
And Bill Evans really liked melancholy.
And then is goes to the key of the 4.
I mean it plays an F chord.
And F.
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And that's
a 2 5 of E minor.
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And then, then to the A-7.
And then the 2 5 of the 5.
A minor to D-7 to D minor.
To G7.
So these are very simple, but
they're kind of as many of
the simple 2 5 that we have in jazz
as humanly possible surrounding a melody
that has notes in the major scale.
So when you start playing this tune,
you can try it on a C harp.
[MUSIC]
Now you're in fourth position minor.
[MUSIC]
Back to first.
[MUSIC]
You have to
keep track of these
2 5's that give you
the musical context.
So even though we're in the key of C the
whole time, we're really in a minor for
a little while, we're in F for a little
while, we're in G for a little while.
The tune shifts its tonal centers because
of the chords that surround the melody.
So, theory wise that's one thing,
now harmonica wise, you can also play
it very easily on a G harp,
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In 12th,
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[MUSIC]
Im just
playing
over
the changes
very simply
for you.
You don't even have to play any over blows
if you don't want to, to play the melody,
or even over these changes.
It's just one of those things that if
you're starting out to play jazz this is
a very encouraging tune to try to play.
Because the chord changes
kind of lead you and
instructs you on how to blow over
changes as a beginning Jazz musician.
And it's beautiful too.
So another level of difficulty for
diatonic players learning how to play
jazz is to try and
play in 3rd position in a major key.
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So C major on a B flat harp.
So, 3rd position is
normally the Dorian mode.
On a B flat harp, it would be C minor.
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But in the first octave,
the only notes that we have, are.
We have to bend to get anything else,
so why not have it be the major scale,
instead of just the Dorian mode,
or some minor position?
So, to play C
major,
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try it.
You have to bend the second
hole draw down half step.
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3rd hole draw down a whole step.
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It's almost entirely inhale.
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Then from the 3rd on up it's all inhale.
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It's pretty interesting.
[MUSIC]
So, now.
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Then
you have to
get a little
fancy you
need a 5th
hole to do
it up there
to get the E
natural
[MUSIC]
and that was
the first hole
over blow.
[MUSIC]
Whoops
[MUSIC]
It's a little
hard for
me to play
piano and
harmonica at
the same
time on a B
flat harp,
[MUSIC].
[MUSIC]
You
see the way
my brain
works.
Up, in 2 keys at once here.
This is a little tricky.
But, I just wanted to lay all this stuff
out there for you, to show you this tune,
and to encourage you to play it.
I'm not gonna do
a performance of this tune.
but I will create a backing track
that goes with this lesson.
And I encourage any and all of you at any
level that you want to play along with it
and if any of you feel good about what
you've played please send me a video.
Thanks.
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