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Harmonica Lessons: "Lay Lady Lay" A and D Harp

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[MUSIC]
I have here
an A harp and a D harp.
The D harp is kinda a real fancy
one that Joe Falisco made me.
It's made of brass, even the comb
is made of brass and the reed
cover plates are made of brass and
of course the reed's made of brass too.
[LAUGH] It's a great sounding harp.
And the A harp is just
a regular harp that I play.
One of Joe's customized owners.
We're gonna do a Bob Dylan
tune called Lay Lady Lay,
which was from an album that he
did called Nashville Skyline,
which was his first departure from
kind of the angry protest song, singer
songwriter persona that he had in through
most of the 60's and the 1960's that is.
And this was.
He went to Nashville and
recorded this album with a lot
of Nashville's session players.
It's mellower sounding.
It has pedal steel on it, and all sorts
of sounds that he had never had before.
This tune is a love song, of sorts.
It's very, very simple.
Most of Dylan's melodies are simple.
This usually [SOUND] it's the key of A,
is the key that it's in.
And the melody is
[MUSIC].
Just uses the first
five notes of the scale
[MUSIC].
That's the fourth hole blow [SOUND].
A harp
[MUSIC].
And then
[MUSIC].
And then the bridge is
[MUSIC].
Its very very very simple song.
Kind of beautiful, I like it.
I also like to play it on cross-harp,
sometimes I play it real bluesy.
And since you don't know
how to bend notes yet
since this is the basic section of
the website, I can't really play it for
you the way I like,
which is [SOUND] upside down.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
Cuz I bent the third hole.
[MUSIC]
There's all this bendy stuff.
[MUSIC]
But I can play it in second position.
If I play up in the top of the instrument.
[MUSIC]
Just to give you a chance to be able to do
this.
[MUSIC]
Because this is cross harp.
[MUSIC]
But it's the second octave,
the top octave of the cross harp.
[MUSIC]
Six blow.
[MUSIC]
Those first five notes are six blow,
six draw, seven draw.
[MUSIC]
Seven blow.
[MUSIC]
Eight draw.
[MUSIC]
Pretty easy to play those fast.
There's a rhythm of the breath.
That's another topic I'll deal with later.
[MUSIC]
So, I'm gonna play the tune first time
through on the A harp,
second time through on the D harp.
Okay, here we go.
[MUSIC]
It's a little counter
melody, can't really
play it without bends.
[MUSIC]
See?
[MUSIC]
You could do
it at the top too.
[MUSIC]
And then the bridge comes in,
and I just did one verse.
No two verses.
[MUSIC].
So I'm playing the second
verse in cross harp.
[MUSIC].
Playing the pentatonic scale.
You can look up that lesson.
[MUSIC]
No bends
necessary.
[MUSIC]
But.
[MUSIC]
To play it down there you need that bend.
[MUSIC]
And now the bridge,
I'm going to go back to the A harp,
just for the beginning part.
[MUSIC]
Now I'll
play in the top octave.
[MUSIC]
So you can bend eight blow.
[MUSIC]
Do a little warble.
[MUSIC]
You play
little scales,
like an exercise
[MUSIC].
Then there's a little ending.
[MUSIC]
And I hope your
harp's more in
tune than mine is.
I have to re-tune it.
And you can look at that section
too of tuning harmonicas.
Have to use a file.
It's really one of those things,
you don't,
you just hope you never have to do when
you first start playing harmonica.
But it's a very very good
thing to know how to do.
And you shouldn't be afraid
to open up your harmonica,
if you have one that's screwed together.
And look at the lesson on tuning.
I should've realized that this was a
little out of tune before I picked it up.
So that is Lay Lady Lay,
played in first position on A harp,
second position also known
as cross harp on a D harp.
So, experiment with that, fool around.
See how you do, and if you come up
with anything that you really like,
to where it's close to
sounding like music.
Send me a video.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Whoop,
bent
a
note,
sorry,
trying
not
to.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]