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

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[MUSIC]
So, now I am going to play it for
you on a C harp,
I'll just take this brand new,
right out of the box Hohner Special 20 and
now the tune is going
to be played in what's
called fourth position on the harmonica.
This is a little bit harder for
beginners, because you can't actually
play the first note of the scale in the
bottom of the harmonica, cuz it's a bend.
A is the sixth hole draw.
[MUSIC]
This is some
real high stuff.
And this is really good thing to practice.
A lot of beginners like I said are afraid
of the top of the harmonica because if
you go back to some of the other
lessons like Mr. Bojangles,
I explained that the top of the harmonica,
the blow and draw order is backwards.
So you just have to use your ear,
know this tune, figure out which
hole you're supposed to be on,
six draw, seven draw, seven blow.
[MUSIC]
Eight blow and
just slide from seven blow to eight blow.
[MUSIC]
Take advantage of not having to lift your
mouth off.
[MUSIC]
Or stop your breath.
[MUSIC]
All the way up to ten draw.
[SOUND] Nine blow.
[MUSIC]
Eight blow, and
then after you learn how to blow bends,
[MUSIC]
you can get really bluesy in this position
on the top of the harp.
[MUSIC]
And unlike on the G harp,
you can go below the melody.
[MUSIC]
If you can bend that or
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down to the fifth hole blow,
which is the fifth blow, the tonic.
[SOUND] A and E.
[MUSIC]
So
this is just another way of
playing this simple tune.
So we'll just put the track on again.
And I'll play it on the C harp.
[MUSIC]
And here is the introduction.
[MUSIC]
A lot of
notes,
the lower
notes
fit.
[MUSIC]
Except you can't,
[MUSIC]
that note's not there,
unless you know how to bend three.
[MUSIC]
It's sort of frustrating.
Everything is there
[MUSIC]
except the A.
[LAUGH]
[MUSIC]
[LAUGH] You have to bend.
[MUSIC]
And just mess around.
[MUSIC]
And bend
forward
a little
bit.
[MUSIC]
That's
called a warble.
[MUSIC]
Tongue blocked octave.
[MUSIC]
So,
it's kinda
high isn't it?
But you try to,when you're playing
the high notes on the harmonica you try to
mellow off the sound too.
You don't want those high notes to be
chasing the cockroaches out of the walls.
It can get a little shrieky.
So, this is a very good practice though,
to try to play this on a C harp.
So once you get it on a G harp and
a C harp send me a video.
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