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Harmonica Lessons: "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen"

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[MUSIC]
As promised
Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen.
Now this an old Yiddish song
from the 1930s, I believe and
it was written by a man
named Sholom Secunda.
And it turns out my dad sang
in his chorus in New York,
back when he was trying to make it as
a professional singer in the 1940s.
So this song might have been
written in the 40s, I'm not sure.
So this is a very famous tune.
It's the only Yiddish language pop hit
in the history of American music that I
know of.
And it goes like
this
[MUSIC].
And it's in Yiddish and it's in English.
It means that you're grand.
It's like this old,
songs that were written in this time,
they used some Italian words,
they used some Jewish words.
It was a popular idiom.
Because of all the immigrants that came
to America that still liked the languages
that they had spoken
back in the Old Country.
So, it's a swing tune,
it's a lot like It don't mean a thing
[MUSIC].
D minor, my hands are on the keyboard,
two, five, one.
And I added a little bit.
[MUSIC]
It does that twice, and
then it goes to the four chord, G minor.
[MUSIC]
No matter what language it
tells you how grand you are.
Something like that, lyrics.
[MUSIC]
Very simple
tune, A A B A.
It never quite goes into the major key.
It's mostly in D minor.
So D minor, we could use the C harp.
[MUSIC]
We could play a lot without
overblows and overdraws.
[MUSIC]
That melody starts on five draw.
[MUSIC]
There's a three draw bend.
[MUSIC]
I'm
not using any
overblows or
overdraws, but
of course to play
it more jazzy.
[MUSIC]
You
get that
flat six.
[MUSIC]
All those notes that you would play if
you were playing it on a clarinet or
any other swing instrument.
So to play it with the fewest
amount of over blows, over draws,
you can use an F harmonica.
I picked a low F.
[MUSIC]
That would be in what we call fourth
position.
The key of the sixth hole draw.
[MUSIC]
You
can get that
bluesy flat
fifth up on
the eighth
hole blow bend.
[MUSIC]
And you can get those
descending chords that
I throw in on there as well.
Of course D, you can also use crossharp
[MUSIC]
which would normally be D major or
D seven
[MUSIC]
but you can play minor.
[MUSIC]
It gives you a very bluesy minor thing.
[MUSIC]
To really play
minor cross harp,
you really need that
six-hole overblow.
It sounds great, but I used four overblow,
five overblow, seven overdraw.
It's just that cross harp sound on
a diatonic harmonica is hard to beat.
[MUSIC]
So
there's three
harmonicas to
play it on.
Of course there's more
that you could do it on.
But I'm just gonna play it on these three,
along with the track that I laid down,
which is fairly swinging.
And here we go.
[MUSIC]
A little introduction,
eight bar introduction.
[MUSIC]
Now
the
low
F.
[MUSIC]
Now
cross
harp.
[MUSIC]
So
that was just
a little
sample of
Bei Mir Bist
Du Schoen on
a few different
key harmonicas.
I've also been known to play it
on a A harmonica in what would be
twelfth position minor.
[MUSIC]
That's the key
of the fifth hole draw.
[MUSIC]
Anyway I play it on
that key harmonica on
the Acoustic Express CD Time Capsules and
then I switch to a C harp.
So, good luck.
Happy hunting with this tune and send
me some videos of yourself playing it.
Thanks.
[MUSIC]