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Harmonica Lessons: Andy Griffith: G and C Harp

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everyone knows
this right?
If you've been alive in America or
even in many other countries.
It's the Andy Griffith Show theme and
this was whistled
someone snapping their fingers.
It was actually done in the key of E
because that's probably where the whistler
liked to whistle.
But for the sake of simplicity here
we're going to do it in the key
of G
and I'm gonna show you how to play it on
a G harp, and a C harp.
And this is one of these cases
where it's such a simple melody.
Anyone can whistle it.
Anyone can sing it.
But our wonderful instrument has
trouble playing all the notes.
So you can kind of play it in
first position on a G harp.
If you start in the top octave,
start on six blow.
It's the fifth note of the scale.
So in terms of notes of the scale
it goes five six eight or one.
[NOISE] One five four three two five.
Those are the notes of the scale.
The holes of the harmonica are six blow,
six draw.
Then seven blow.
To nine blow.
So it happens up there.
And of course, it has a little
bit of a bluesy inflection.
That's the eighth hole blow-bend.
And for you beginners,
you might just wanna try,
look into the intermediate session
to see what blow-bending is like.
Some of you will find it
extremely easy to do and
very exciting when that starts to happen.
And a G harp is a really great harmonica
to start learning how to do that on.
See with nine.
the first part
of the tune.
If you try it on a C harmonica in G.
It's in
cross harp.
Six blow, eight draw.
But you can't bend those notes and
give it those inflections.
And so this is one case where
the bluesy harmonica is not necessarily
the one that you think of as bluesier,
it's not as easy to play the melody
with the bluesiness in it for
a beginner as it is to use the G
harmonic in first position.
So I'm gonna go back to the G harp.
Then the second part of the tune goes.
Now that's funny.
That's all the way up at the tenth
hole draw and it bends down.
I never tell people this but you can sort
of bend [LAUGH] the tenth hole draw.
It's not a good thing to do.
So, you can if you want.
it sounds more like
the whistler on the show.
But then you run into problems.
The is a blow bend that has to be in tune.
So, we can cheat.
Howard Levy is telling you to cheat.
You don't have to play
the melody exactly as it is.
At least you can get the feeling for
it, so
instead of playing that note which is A
C sharp.
You can play an A.
At least it's
kinda in the chord.
So, this is what happens when you don't
know how to bend to play a melody.
You can sorta play it and at least try
to find a note that's in the chord.
Or if you paraphrase
the melody a little bit, and
play something around it,
it doesn't sound bad.
And then back to the
back to the end or
you can take that part of the melody
and that sounds really good.
That's the sixth hole draw.
you can try to learn how to bend the six
hole draw, if you're a beginner.
That's one of the easiest bends.
And again,
you run into the problem with the C sharp.
That's an over blow.
I'm not even gonna deal with it.
You can just hit that E again.
If you want.
So, if you were to play it on the C harp
it easily, if you know how to bend notes,
it will easily play that melody.
But, you see even a person who
knows how to bend notes for
playing blues might have trouble
bending it precisely in tune.
You really have to hear these
notes in your mind.
So this is something that
seems like a real simple tune.
On any other instrument it
would be just easy as pie.
[LAUGH] On our instrument we have to
figure out how to kinda go around
the corners a little bit and cheat.
So I'm gonna play it for
you on the G harmonica,
leaving out the C sharp note that I
told you that was such a problem.
Here we go.
up on
I was noodling around on it a little bit.
So have fun with this and if any of
you play it to your satisfaction,
you can even send me
a video if you'd like.
[LAUGH] Okay, and there's a whole
bunch of other TV show themes.
If any of you come up with any other
ones that you figure out how to play,
by all means.
Put them up on your student profile pages,
and let people know about it.
It's kinda entertaining, and
the more melodies we can play on
this instrument, the happier we are.