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Blues Harmonica Presentation

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

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