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Harmonica Lessons: "One-Chord Blues in E"

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[MUSIC]
The Blues.
There's so
many different kinds of blues, I think,
I don't even want to get started on how
many different kinds of blues there are.
And one of the things that we tend to
talk about is the blues progression,
twelve bar blues eight bar blues.
There's also a type of blues that has no
progression because its just one chord.
And, its some sort of baseline going
along and some sort of little chordal
vamping thing like Hoockie Coochie Man
eventually goes into the four chord and
the five chord and, so does,
I mean I'm a Man never does though.
It's just one chord, and this deals with,
this little lesson here deals with
I'm a Man, that type of blues.
It's just one chord over a groove and
I play it a slow.
[SOUND] with a few little
four chords implied, [SOUND].
Now, if you're playing harmonica
to something like this and
it doesn't have any words,
you got to speak on the harmonica.
It's your chance to preach
to the audience, so
you have to have something to say.
Now, if you're a singer, no problem.
You can sing about something.
But if you're just
a harmonica play like me,
right here sitting in front of you,
I have to preach.
So I have to come up with
ideas with things to say.
With words in whatever language
you want to speak them in.
So I'm going to play what's in my
mind when that start button starts.
When the band starts playing,
my little one man band.
Which is me.
So here we go.
[MUSIC]
So,
that
was
rather
intense.
So, sometimes you might
get up on stage and
somebody might want to give you some
room like,hey,show what you've got.
Show us what you've got and they'll
just start playing a vamp in one key.
And then, or you could set up a tune that
way for yourself if you're a singer or
have a tune to play.
Just vamp on one key until you give
a signal to hit the four chord.
Just some thoughts, away from the usual
thinking about Blues progressions.
[MUSIC]