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Harmonica Lessons: "Bo Diddley"

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[MUSIC]
So, Bo
Diddley,
I think
everyone in
the world
has heard
that by
now.
It's this totally, catchy rhythm,
it's [SOUND] introduced
to the American pop
music world by Ellis McDaniel
as he was known.
His alias, his stage name was Bo Diddley.
And he played a rectangular guitar and
he was known for
the songs that just had these one
chord vamps, sometimes two chords.
But he liked to stretch out over
one chord and say his peace.
And played very simple stuff.
But it would influenced just tons
of people, the Rolling Stones,
the Grateful Dead, Buddy Holly,
The Who, Jimmy Hendrix,
all sorts of people were
influenced by this man.
And this rhythm here, I'll try not to
clap too loud, [SOUND] is actually
a cuban in rhythm called the sonne,
the three-two sonne clave.
It's a two bar pattern, one and two and
three and four and one and two and
three and four.
[SOUND]
And
in Cuban music
it's [SOUND].
That other pattern I am
singing is called the Cascara.
This is the Clave, that's the Cascara.
So Bo Diddly's guitar rhythm was
sort of a swinging, bluesy, cascara.
[SOUND] And it's just
a rhythm that's really
familiar to a lot of people.
And I'm gonna tell you how it's gonna be.
You're gonna give your love to me,
not fade away.
That was one of his other songs.
Just so many of them.
But here we are playing
it on the harmonica.
So the basic idea, it's mostly inhale.
[MUSIC]
You can do a blow.
On the second part, or
keep the whole thing.
[MUSIC]
I do it with some sort of blow on that.
The first three beats are draw.
[MUSIC]
And you notice that time I was
pulsing the air with my [SOUND].
So
[MUSIC]
[SOUND] and sometimes I do
something more percussive.
[MUSIC]
[NOISE]
[MUSIC]
And then I
was playing
the melody.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
I mean that's
basically it.
He would just make up lyrics about stuff.
Things that were on his mind.
He was a real, real smart guy.
A very interesting guy, very opinionated.
He had a lot of interesting ideas.
So this is something for you to try.
The melodies
[MUSIC]
starting on three draw.
[MUSIC]
So it's G, a C harp by the way.
And then,
[MUSIC]
Just a few notes.
[MUSIC]
Sometimes I
hit three blow.
[MUSIC]
Sometimes two draw.
[MUSIC]
Kind of like a guitar player going [SOUND]
bending up the low string and
to the notes on the higher string.
Sometimes I think about the two draw and
the three blow that way.
[MUSIC]
The two draw is like that lower string
that you push up, that B string, up to
that note you're holding on the E string,
for all of you guitar players.
[MUSIC]
And
then of course,
there's a back beat [NOISE].
You can think of it that way too,
as sort of a big four.
One to the two, to the three, four.
[SOUND] Some people clap
to feel it that way,
or [SOUND].
Or if you clap all of the quarter notes,
if you wanted to think of it as two bars.
One, two, three, four, two, two, three.
[SOUND] So when you practice this,
it's a good
thing to try to tap that
rhythm out with your feet.
[NOISE]
[MUSIC]
I'm doing it with the right
foot, the left foot,
alternating, right, left,
right, left, right.
Left, right, left, right, left [LAUGH].
[MUSIC]
Whoops,
got my dance
steps mixed up.
But it's just a way of doing it.
And also, just you could stand up,
and kinda walk it, too.
You can do it that way.
Camera's not
quite tall enough,
but
[MUSIC]
[SOUND].
I'm just walking, right, left, right,
left, on one, two, three, one, two,
three, four.
[SOUND] There's a lot of ways to get
this kind of thing into your body, but
that's the good way to do it,
is to feel it.
You have to feel it in your bones,
when you play a groove like this.
There's just many different
ways to play them.
[SOUND] All different
shapes with your mouth.
[SOUND]
and
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
So have fun with it,
and I'm gonna
put a little
track on to the.
[MUSIC]
Just for you to practice along with.
[MUSIC]