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Harmonica Lessons: G Dorian Blues

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[MUSIC]
Hi,
this is a Dorian
minor blues.
12 bar blues, three chords in G minor,
G minor, C minor, D minor.
But they're G minor,
C minor and D minor Dorian.
It's a minor scale with a raised sixth,
but
the Dorian mode naturally occurs on a C
harp, which this is, bring Bandluxe..
In third position, and
you can look up the lessons on this.
[MUSIC]
But this is going to be a G minor
Dorian tune, so we need to play instead
of the scale that naturally occurs
[MUSIC]
which is the Mixolydian mode.
We need to flatten the third.
[MUSIC]
It's
a really
great sound.
I'm going to keep this in the realm
of no overblows or over draws.
If there's a note,
like the B flat in a G minor scale, that
can't be achieved by bending like here
[MUSIC],
which is a 6th over blow,
I'm going to leave it out of the tune.
In the melody and in the improvisations.
Okay?
So the C minor Dorian.
[MUSIC]
Instead of C major.
[MUSIC]
We flat the E, to an E flat,
which we can't play without over blows,
and there's the B flat.
So I'm gonna leave those,
the E flat out on the bottom.
[MUSIC]
And leave it out here.
[MUSIC]
And leave out the B flat here.
[MUSIC]
So,
[MUSIC]
you can still get all the important
notes in the Dorian scale.
That sixth
[MUSIC]
and that second or
ninth in jazz terminology
[MUSIC]
back to the G minor.
[MUSIC]
You noticed I was arpeggiating
a little bit.
I was making thirds.
[MUSIC]
Interweaving,
instead of playing as scales.
I was interweaving lines, and I'm going to
write a lot of this stuff down in the PDF
that accompanies the lesson.
Then we get to the five cord.
Which is the D Dorian.
[MUSIC]
Which is third position.
So you can get all the notes there.
And then back to the four.
[MUSIC]
And then back to the one.
[MUSIC].
So the melody goes.
[MUSIC]
It's fourths,
and then thirds.
Then another fourth
[MUSIC]
and then thirds.
You could look up
the names of the intervals.
I have theory lessons on this.
And go to the theory school here at Artist
Works, and find out about intervals there.
So I've constructed a very simple melody
based around this little interval pattern.
And the groove of this tune is
kind of minor key Latin blues.
And I'm gonna play it for you and solo on
it, with no over blows and no over draws.
Wish me luck.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
That's it.
[MUSIC]
starting on that sixth.
[MUSIC]
Here's
the five
chords.
Play anything you want.
[MUSIC]
So a lot of
minor bluesy
pentatonic
[MUSIC]
with Dorian sixth
thrown in.
[MUSIC]
Right.
[MUSIC]
Big, long descending
run with the thirds.
[MUSIC]
And the fourths.
[MUSIC]
Melody.
[MUSIC]
I left out
the over
blow note.
[LAUGH] Playing it in the upper octave.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
I hope some
of you try
this.
It's easy and
also challenging to play only the notes of
the Dorian mode over each of those chords.
Because if you play a wrong note, like
[MUSIC]
If you play that
[MUSIC]
raised 6th,
when you go to the C minor chord.
[MUSIC]
You're playing an E natural over
a chord that has an E flat in it.
[MUSIC]
So you can't run over from the one
chord Dorian model scale into the 4 cord.
There's only one note difference, but
if you hit that note over the wrong
cord it's a big difference.
Okay?
So I wish you much enjoyment and
happiness playing this, and
I think that it really has a big effect
on a person to play in Dorian mode.
It affects listeners, as well,
and it also affects us.
[MUSIC]