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outdoor joe
88 posts
Jul 20, 2018
6:03 PM
I am in no place to play for about 24 hrs so I just want to ask:

So on here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxMCTwtMfL8

The Guitar is playing G right? And we play

G G G G (2d, 2d, 2d, 2d)
C C G G (4b, 4b, 2d ,2d)
D C G D (4d, 4b, 2d, turnaround)

So instead of noodling on the 2d over and over for those G's and noodling on the 4b over and over for the C's, can I make it sound OK by playing something like (these random licks in Harmonica For Dummies on 2nd Position):

2d 3d 4d 5b x4
4b 5b 5d 5b x2 / 2d 3d 4d 5b x2
4d 5b 5d/5d 5b / 4b 5b 5d 5b 2d / 2d 3d 4d 5b / 2d 1ddd

Because I am kind of drinking and thinking maybe this is how things are formulated. As of now, I am only just chugging along to 2d on G, 4b on C, and 4d on D, but maybe those are just the notes I can start playing some riffs on. Makes sense right now to me.


Last Edited by outdoor joe on Jul 20, 2018 10:59 PM
5500 posts
Jul 20, 2018
10:55 PM
Pretty much.
All those notes seem to work ok. And they give a decent sense of the chord movement because they begin with the root note of the relevant chord. 2draw is G, 4 blow is C and 4draw is D, so you really understand “we’ve changed chords here”

It’s a good exercise

Timing and rhythm you can play around with.
outdoor joe
89 posts
Jul 20, 2018
10:57 PM
Awesome! I can always count on you Bee.

I think I am starting to get things more and more. I mean I am reading them in this Harmonica For Dummies but but a lot of it is going in one ear and out the other, except with my eyes....if that makes sense lol.

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