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Harmonica Lessons: "My Funny Valentine"

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Hi.
We're gonna deal with a very
famous jazz standard.
It's called My Funny Valentine,
and it's been done many,
many different ways by
many different people.
One of the reasons, why?
Is that the melody is in C minor.
The melody is very simple,
if I were to play it on a B flat
harp in third position it goes.
[MUSIC]
It's
all in
that
minor
relative
major
scale.
[MUSIC]
It's C minor.
[MUSIC]
It only has one note that's
[MUSIC]
the one A natural.
[MUSIC]
It makes it a very easy tune to play.
So you could play that melody on any one
of a number of different harmonicas.
You could try in what would be fifth
position and a cross harp, relative minor.
If you play it in 3rd position minor,
the relative major is the 1st flat or
12th position.
[MUSIC]
It's the same notes.
One is major,
the other is minor using the same notes.
This is basic music theory.
So if we used a,
did a A flat harmonica the same piece.
[MUSIC]
Now,
you need an overblow
to play the major
scale in cross harp.
[MUSIC]
Et cetera,
et cetera.
You can figure it out on that.
You could also play it
in cross harp minor, and
the relative major of that
is the 11th position.
So a low F harp in C minor.
[MUSIC]
And you need the fourth
hole overblow for that.
To be able to play
the natural minor scale.
[MUSIC]
In cross harp.
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And
it actually has
really good things,
good potential to
play really good
sounding solos in
each of these keys.
And probably few more, so I made a track
playing it in kind of a funky rhythm.
And I'm gonna start out on the B flat
harmonica, and we'll see where we go.
And I substituted freely cord wise in
this, because one of the things you can do
with a tune that has such a simple
melody is to embellish the cords.
That's one of the reasons that jazz
musicians like playing this tune.
The melody's very simple, so
that even an intermediate harmonica player
could play it in third position easily.
But to follow the chord
changes is another story.
So I'm putting a fairly complex thing that
I just tossed off, onto my keyboard here.
And just have fun, listening to it.
A little introduction to this.
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I'll
switch
to
the
F
harp.
Why not?
[MUSIC]
Now,
I'll
switch to
the A
flat.
Why not?
[MUSIC]
So there
is some
variation
on My
Funny
Valentine
for
you.
With some fairly hip chords, and
I even messed up at one
point in the rhythm track.
And I just left it there,
because sometimes when you play
with people, they'll screw up, too.
So I was just trying to be very realistic.
I was trying to play the right changes,
I messed up a little bit.
And then I took some liberties
with the changes and
kind of re-harmonized some things.
So for all of you seeking to gain
experience with playing with a jazz
pianist.
You'll discover that all of these
things will happen to you if you play
with people.
They'll change the chord
changes on you sometimes,
especially with tunes like this.
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