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Harmonica Lessons: "Yerakina"

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Now we're gonna do a very,
very famous Greek folk
song called Yerakina.
Which is about, a pretty girl who wears
all these bangles, and they jingle and
jangle when she walks, and
the lyrics of the song are all about this.
And they have lyrics that go, [SOUND].
It's supposed to be the sound
of her bracelets jingling,
and somehow she manages
to fall into a well.
I never got this part of the story
straight, but it has a happy ending.
And she ends up getting married to
the guy who rescues her from the well.
Something like this, so
the thing is that this is a very very
easy song to play on the harmonica.
You can play it either in cross harp or
in first position.
It's in the key of G and it's easy.
You can play it in thirds.
The only challenge about it at all
is that it's in seven eight rhythm.
So the rhythm goes like this.
One, two, three, one, two, one, two,
one, two, three, one, two, one, two.
The Greeks love to dance in this
rhythm it's called Caramatianos.
And so it's one, two,
three, one, two, one, two.
One, two, three, one, two.
So you
can articulate
it any one of
a number of
different ways.
You can go
or you can go
with every beat.
More like the way a bouzouki player would
play, which is their string instrument.
And you can go up in thirds.
Because the mode of this
tune is,
It's the major scale, but
then the harmonies.
Is mixolydian on the top, so
it's and it's major on the bottom.
So it goes back and forth between being.
Between B major,
major and mixolydian and
then there's also an inflection
of the flatted fifth, the sharp fourth.
It's kind of the Greek equivalent
of blues, really, in a certain way.
Which is why it works so
well in cross harp.
Of course you do have to know how to bend
notes to play it in cross harp to do all
these inflections.
And then it's nice
to be able to comp.
That's three, two, two.
One, two, three, one, two, one, two.
So now we're going to roll the track,
and I'm gonna play along.
And it has a four bar intro where I set
up this little rhythmic vamp, okay?
Here we go.
I'm gonna
improvise a
That's next.
Play it up there.
a little
on a C
This was a stop on
reinvent in the key of C.
So in the upper register,
you'd start it on the seventh hole draw.
And then you need,
The fifth hole,
over blow to play that F sharp.
And then you can do some
quick little flips up there.
Between seven draw and seven blow,
I'm using mouth breathing.
Same thing up there.
Mouth breathing between nine draw and
nine blow.
on the bottom, you have to switch between
four draw and
five blow to do that ornament.
So you obviously can't do mouth breathing,
you have to do the change
from your diaphragm.
So that's why sometimes it's nice to play
it part of it in one register and
part in another.
And there is an even easier
way to play Yerakina,
which would be to play in on a G harp.
And, this would be first position.
So you can play
it quarterly,
play the single notes,
and play it in the top octave.
So I'll play it for
you now on the G harmonica.
I was
tongue blocking
So I did a few
little fancy
things in there and
to play the flat
seventh I had to use
the over blow.
Sixth hole over blow.
And to do that flatted fifth in the middle
octave I had to very quickly
do the fifth hole over blow.
And so this obviously
takes advanced techniques and
a lot of control.
What's cool about this song is
you can play it as a beginner.
Play all the notes in first position.
You can play
it intermediate
on the C harp in G.
With bending.
And you can play it advanced,
using over blows.
So it's one of that tunes that
works well for every level, so
I hope some of you try it.