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Harmonica Lessons: Blues in A on C Harp

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[MUSIC]
So this is a little
blues in the key of A on a C harp.
Most people would think of A as
a very unbluesy key because you
can't bend the fifth, that's the problem.
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A on a C harp is usually fourth position
which is Aeolian mode.
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It's good for
tunes like Autumn Leaves if
you're playing Jazz.
It is the relative minor of
first position which is C.
You can look on the theory
school website and
learn more about relative majors and
minors.
But it is, you normally think of first
position and this as pretty square.
You can't bend the notes on the juicy
places very easily on the bottom or
the middle of the harmonica.
You can on the top.
But now with overblows and overdraws,
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I can bend the fifth by using
the fourth hole overblow
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And bending it up to the note of E,
which is the fifth of A.
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And
then the four cord.
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Of fourth position is D.
So D.
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That's third position.
So you can play some bluesy
stuff in third position.
And then back to one is A.
Now, the five chord is E.
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And you can bend that seventh.
[SOUND] E is normally fifth
position which is Phrygian mode.
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But,
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you can play a seventh chord arpeggio.
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Two blow.
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Three draw bend.
All the way down.
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Then let it up and then four draw.
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And all these notes are bendable.
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See you can get bluesy stuff anywhere
in the harmonica if you
take a step back and
think about it and get out of the such
a strong groove of cross harp.
So this is going to be a jazzy kind of
a soul jazz organ trio type of thing that
I played on my fake organ sound here on my
Yamaha keyboard, but i hope you enjoy it.
And it's blues in fourth position,
but not Aeolian mode.
Just blues in A on a C level.
A little introduction.
Here we go.
[MUSIC]
So
you
can
get
bluesy
with
[MUSIC]
that
third
hole
draw
is
the
ninth.
[MUSIC]
And that would be
like the flat seventh.
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From two and three warble.
And five and six.
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Some other
bluesy little licks.
It was a jazz blues.
It has one six two fives in it instead
of just the one, four and five chords.
So for you jazz players,
this stuff will sound very familiar.
And then there's also some walk downs,
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on that one before the five chord,
which actually is a two five.
So the left hand's going
down in half steps.
A, A flat, G, F sharp, B.
And the chords are following it.
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These are some real jazz chords.
They're a great sound.
And you don't actually have to
know exactly what they are.
You can just play bluesy things over them.
You don't have to follow them note for
note, okay?
And those of you who can follow
them note for note, that's great.
But I will write out a little
bit of a chord chart of this and
it should be in the PDFs along with,
the PDF should be in study materials
along with the track, alright, have fun.
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