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How to Play Harmonica: Major vs. Minor Keys

Watch more How to Play the Harmonica videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to play major and minor keys on a harmonica with this video. Expert: Marcus Milius Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. "Hi, my name is Marcus Milius. I play harmonica. I got a degree at the University of Southern California, a Bachelor's of Music, in Jazz Studies - Chromatic Harmonica. I play and teach harmonica here in New York City, and I'm happy to show you what I do. Since the diatonic harmonica is a major diatonic harmonica, it's set up in a major scale. It's easiest to play in major keys, so songs that are major will work great for your harmonica, but songs that are in other scales or other qualities can sometimes be a little trickier. So, uh, there are several ways around that, the easiest way being that, um, you're gonna want to play in the relative minor. The easiest way we'll be playing in fourth position, that's by going down three notes in your scale. So, if you're in your major scale, you'd start at the very top, at the C on 7 blow, then 7 draw B, and then 6 draw, which is A. Going down three notes from any major key will bring you to the relative minor. So I'm playing in the same harmonica, but I'm in minor. So Bob Dylan and Neil Young tend to use that a lot Just making sure to resolve to a 6 draw or 3 draw with the whole step bend, um, the same harmonica sounds like this in major. So make sure when you're playing in minor that you don't go ahead and grab an A major harmonica for an A minor song, use that C major harmonica."
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