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Harmonica Lessons: "Highland Laddie"

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[MUSIC]
Okay, here's another
advanced tongue blocking piece.
It's where,
where has my Highland Laddie gone.
And I realize that I can do this one,
in first position.
But with the drone of a fifth below it, so
I'm using the three blow [SOUND] and
two draw as the fifth
instead of as the tonic of
a Mixolydian mode, so
it's the major scale.
The melody goes
[MUSIC].
Starts on the sixth hole.
[MUSIC]
So now I'm gonna play that
whole melody while holding the third
hole blow second hole draw.
This is just a stock
unmodified special 20 in C.
[SOUND] So that's the basic deal is there.
[MUSIC].
So you have to be able to do the stretch
from three blow to seven blow to play
this tune.
[MUSIC].
It starts on three and six as the octave.
Then, you slide the right hand side of
your mouth, your left, my right, to seven.
[MUSIC]
That was a little sloppy and
you can hear it was a harmonica.
If I
close my
eyes and
concentrate
[MUSIC].
You can hear that.
That.
[SOUND] C.
[SOUND] Sounding,
even though I'm not playing it.
Because it's the difference tone
between three blow and four draw.
[SOUND] The interval of the fourth G and
C.
[SOUND] The inverse of
the fourth is the fifth.
[MUSIC]
So
that's why we're hearing the fifth below.
[SOUND] Even though I'm not playing it.
And the reed itself is not vibrating.
It's the difference tone between those
two pitches that is vibrating in the air.
That you're hearing.
[MUSIC]
So,
[MUSIC]
I'm switching two and three.
[MUSIC]
And to cover
the switches I do the little,
fing, fing,
[MUSIC]
And I'm simulating the weight
of the hands on the bagpipe.
Sometimes sound percussive when they
cover the finger holes of the instrument.
[SOUND] If you listen to
bagpipes you'll hear that.
It's almost a percussive sound.
And the Irish pipes also do a thing
where the end of the chanter,
which is the part that you actually
play the melody on, the melody chanter.
They do a thing where they stop the
chanter on a leather pad on their knee,
and so the more you listen to bag
pipe music, the more you can bring
into the sound effects of bag pipe playing
into the style of Tongue Block Monic.
[MUSIC]