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Harmonica Lessons: "House of the Rising Sun" G Harp

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As I look around for
tunes that fit in the basic
category of this website.
Basic, meaning that you don't
know how to bend notes yet.
I realized that one of these really great,
old tune,
I mean this is a really old tune.
Goes back to maybe the 19th Century.
I'm not sure how old it is.
It's called the Gambler's Blues, and
then it got to be called, The House of
the Rising Sun, and there was an English
rock band, called Eric Bergman and
the Animals, who had a big hit with it,
back in 1965, maybe.
Some year like that when I was a teenage
kid, and everybody listened to this tune,
and it had a very distinctive chord
progression, it's in a minor key.
Minor key tunes are unusual
to be hit tunes because,
almost all hit tunes are in major key.
People, happy, listen to major key.
But this is a minor key tune.
A minor, C, D, F.
I mean, a little unusual for
a pop tune, but it somehow or
another caught people's imagination.
Now A minor fits really great on
a G harmonica because the notes of
the A minor chord are there,
the fourth, fifth and sixth hole draw.
[NOISE] Is an A minor chord,
it happens to be the notes A,
C and E, and
the melody of this tune is very simple,
you don't need any bends or
over blows to play it.
It just uses.
The first.
[SOUND] Second.
[SOUND] Third.
[SOUND] Fifth.
[SOUND] And fourth.
[SOUND] So, it uses the first five notes.
then the first note an octave higher.
[SOUND] And then the seventh.
[SOUND] It doesn't ever use
the sixth note of the scale.
There's only six notes
needed to play this tune.
Isn't that amazing, just six notes.
Very simple.
But of course, the person who sang it and
just about everyone who sings it,
sings it real bluesy.
And you want to be able to do that,
[LAUGH] but you can't quite do it yet.
But it's right here.
Those notes and those capabilities to
bend those notes are hiding inside
the harmonica, and you'll learn.
Believe me,
you'll learn how to bend those notes.
So I'm gonna play it for
you on the G harmonica, and the chord
cycle goes one time through before I start
playing the melody as an introduction.
And here it comes.
the introduction.
You see that
part can't
quite bend
to it.
So sometimes I call it the stepping
stone's way of playing a melody.
You can't quite get everything you want.
[SOUND] But it's close.
You can play
other notes there.
Try playing
some other notes
up on the top.
Some minor pentatonic scale,
you can look those lessons up.
I just bent six draw,
I couldn't help myself.
You could try
playing it up there too.
Don't be afraid of the top of
the harmonica.
You get a nice
minor six chord,
that's what it's called,
if you just spread your mouth
out from four to eight.
[SOUND] It's a big minor chord.