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Harmonica Lessons: "Jovano Jovanke"

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This is
the Macedonian
This is a scale, it's in fifth position,
but there's one note that's different.
If I start on the fifth hole
blow on my G harp here.
It's got a major third.
in the first octave.
You have to bend.
Second hole draw.
It's Macedonian Blues, remember.
It's not
So that second hold draw bend down
all the way is the flat second.
then the third hold draw bend all
the way down is the major third.
This is really bluesy,
but it's not from
the South Side of Chicago.
It's from the former Yugoslavia.
This is a scale used all over eastern
It's actually, technically
it's the fifth mode of
the harmonic minor scale.
For all of you guys who have ever
practiced harmonic minor scale.
But, just for now it's
these notes,
So the song we're gonna play is
called Yovono Yovanke, and it's
a lament of a woman singing for her sweet
heart who has gone off to fight a war.
And it's in seven eight time so
there's a whole bunch of things
that are a little different here.
I have taught this song at various
different festivals where I've taught
in Europe and in America and I've had
requests for putting this lesson online.
So, all of you guys who wanted to hear it,
here it is.
That rhythm of seven is
divided into three, two, two.
One, two, three, one, two, one,
two, one, two, three, one, two.
It's really got a strong groove.
One, two, three, one, two, one, two.
One, two, three, one, two, one.
It's one of the most popular and common
rhythms from this part of the world.
And so, I'm gonna play the tune for
you now,
with the backing track that I laid down.
And there's an interlude after
the first verse that I'll also play for
you as part of the song.
Here we go.