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Harmonica Lessons: "Silent Night"

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[MUSIC]
This is a very simple and
beautiful folk song written, I believe,
by a Swiss man who was looking down
on his village on Christmas Eve.
And everyone in the world
just about knows this song.
I'm going to try and
play it very simply for you.
It's in G, on a G harmonica.
You hardly have to bend any
notes to play this at all.
If you keep it up in the top octave,
you don't need to bend anything.
It would be a basic tune.
If we go around to the bottom
octave in first position,
we need to bend the second hole draw down
to get the fourth note of the scale.
So, here it is Silent Night.
[MUSIC]
It's
just
pretty.
Of course you can play it other ways too,
you can,
if you want to, I can take the same
track and play it in cross harp.
[MUSIC]
Let's
see what that
sounds like.
It would be
the fifth hole
over blow
[MUSIC]
Then you can
play it in 12
position.
[MUSIC]
On a D harp.
[MUSIC]
So that's
three ways
of playing
Silent
Night.
First way is obviously the easiest,
the second way you need overblows.
So the third way you need an overblow
in the second octave unless you
play the whole thing down.
[MUSIC]
Then,
[MUSIC].
Of course, I just put it in G
just because, it sounded nice.
Of course,
you can play it in any key you want and
take advantage of the range of any
harmonica you feel like playing it on.
And of course,
I could also play it on a low D harp.
[MUSIC]
And.
[MUSIC]
It just all depends
on what you want.
So first position,
second position, to 12th position.
And for things like this,
I think it's nice just to keep it pure.
Of course, there's been many versions
of this, I've done Gospel and
Jazz but, I just tried to
play it simple for you, okay.
[MUSIC]