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  • 1. How to play like a professional… if that professional only knew how to play one note.
  • 2. Music Theory – For the Rest of Us.
    • The Alphabet of Music.
      • A, B, C, D, E, F, G
    • Each one of these notes correspond to a certain amount of vibrations per second.
    • Piano tuners tune piano’s by starting at the note that vibrates 440 times per second (or 440 Htz) This is called the A 440.
    • Every ‘so many’ vibrations per second constitutes a whole note.
  • 3. Harmonizing.
    • For some reason when a note is played with the note that is three away from it (for instance C and E) it sounds nice.
      • This is called a Harmony.
    • When you play three harmonizing notes together (for instance C, E, and G) it sounds even nicer.
      • This is called a Major Chord.
        • There are different ways of making chords – but to our Western ears – this sounds nice.
  • 4. The Harmonica.
    • If you look on the side of the harmonica you will see what ‘Key’ it is in.
      • You all have ‘C’ harmonicas.
        • This means the notes on the C harmonica are basically arranged so that you can get harmonizing notes out of playing different notes together.
      • Blow out on the 1-4 holes and you will get the C, E, G, C notes and a C Chord.
    • If you play a C harmonica in the Key of C – you are playing ‘Straight Harp’.
      • This is what you hear when you hear country western cliché players play.
  • 5. Straight Harp Example.
  • 6. Cross Harp Example.
    • When playing blues harmonica we play C harmonica in the key of G (it’s 5 th ) to get a ‘bluesy’ sound.
      • Draw (suck) in on the 1-4 holes on your harmonica and you will get the D, G, B, D (This is the 5, 1, 3, 5 on the G scale and thus a G Chord.
    • Muddy’s Riff:
      • 3B 3D 4B 4D 4B 3D 3B
  • 7. Chords and the Train.
    • Use your finger to block off every hole but the 1-4 holes on your harmonica.
      • Use a loose mouth and place the ‘harp’ in the corner of your mouth.
    • Draw (suck) in on those four notes.
      • Tap your foot to four beats.
        • You just played the 1 chord in the key of G!
    • Now blow out and blow on the same four holes.
      • Tap your foot to four beats.
        • You just played the 4 chord in the key of G (or the C Chord)!
  • 8. Make that train whistle!
    • When you are ready draw in on the 4 and 5 holes.
      • Tap your foot to four beats.
        • You just played the five chord in the key of G (or the D Chord)!
    • 1-4 Draw (four beats)
    • 1-4 Blow (four beats)
    • 1-4 Draw
    • 1-4 Blow
    • 4,5 Draw (Make it whistle for four beats).
  • 9. Single notes – tongue blocking.
    • Play the 1-3 blow holes on your harmonica.
    • Use your tongue to block off the 1 and 2 holes.
    • You are now playing a single note.
      • If you are having trouble:
        • Put the harmonica in your mouth as deeply as you can.
        • Do not put the harmonica on the edge of your lips.
          • Don’t be a sissy!
        • Do not clamp your lips tightly on the harmonica.
          • Loosen those lips – they will not sink ships this time!
  • 10. Single Notes – The DEEP pucker.
    • Say ‘Ooooooooooooo’
      • Get real duck lipped Oooooooo out of it!
    • Play 1-3 blow holes again.
    • Slowly pinch in the outside of your lips like your saying Oooooo and get a single note.
    • Once you have it – play the four blow – then the four draw.
      • Wail that four draw for four beats then blow on the four for four beats.
        • You are playing the blues!