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Harmonica Lessons: "Aguas Quietas"

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This is
the beginning of my
tune Aguas Quietas.
Which is the first tune on my CD
along together which I recorded.
Actually here in my house,
which is also known as Levyland Studios.
I wrote it in Acapulco when I was
playing a Jewish wedding for
a very wealthy family.
Who flew me down there, and
I stayed at this beautiful villa,
which was called Aguas Quietas and
I sat up in bed, and I wrote this piece.
I was incredibly tired.
I jotted it down in pencil, and
then when I got home I found it,
and I recorded it on the album.
It was actually the first take on piano,
of me reading my little sketchy chart and
then I took a few passes on harmonica.
And I've had a request to
do a lesson on this tune.
So this is a Mexican style,
jeez, what's the rhythm called?
I've forgotten what, Wapango is one
of the types of rhythms that this is.
It's a triple
time meter
It goes through a whole
bunch of different chords.
Some of them are standard and some of them
just make these leaps into other keys.
It's a piece I've performed
live a few times, and
it fits on harmonica really well, cuz I
wrote it on harmonica sitting in bed.
there is a chart included
with this lesson.
It starts in first position on the sixth
It's all pretty
And then it goes into some chord changes.
F sharp seven to B minor.
Which is not that easy to play,
and then E minor seven.
To A seven.
And then back to F.
And then I do all
sorts of fast stuff in
the original recording.
And then it goes into this other section.
One, three, six.
Two, five, one.
It's all standard chord changes.
And I do use
an overblow there.
And I do some mouth
breathing trills on the recording.
Like that, between four and
five blow and draw.
And six blow and draw.
These are just mouth breathing trills.
You can
play some of it
in octaves.
You can experiment with that.
And when I perform it live, a lot of
times I do solo over the core changes.
Not a lot of times.
With Chevery I just play the melody, but
with small jazz groups I've been known to
solo over the changes, so I'm gonna play
the backing track that I recorded for you,
which is not the same
one that's on the album.
I would have to have looked through all
my Pro Tools files to find that, but
I recorded this on the keyboard.
And it's pretty similar.
Here it comes,
with the count off.
That I didn't repeat one extra time.
That was the beginning of the album cut,
it was in alphabetical order on iTunes.
So I hope that some of you will try.
And as I said, there is a chart Included
in the PDF attachment on this lesson.
And I hope that you enjoy it.
The only real hard part of the piece is.
It's even hard for me.
It's a basically
an F sharp scale
with a D on top.
It's an F sharp, C sharp seven chord.
F sharp seven chord.
So the first note
is four draw bend.
And the next one is two draw bend.
the next one is the G-sharp which is
three draw bent all the way down.
And the next one is three draw bent a half
and then three draw.
And four draw bend and four draw.
And sometimes
I use my tongue to
And not on every note but on some of them.
Whatever works best for you, you figure
out the tongue articulation that
makes the pitch of the bends
the most precise, okay.
Good luck and some of you hopefully
will play this and send me a video.