I am little overexcited about today’s harmonica lesson. We are doing ‘The Pink Panther’!! My inner child loves this tune and it is very satisfying to play on the harmonica, albeit a little harder than you might think – there are loads and loads of bends.
You will need a harmonica in the key of C.
Click below to get the backing track so you can play along!
This tune is basically in third position and has all those lovely low bends on hole 3 as well as a couple of extra ones.
The key is to hit the bends as gently as possible and really work on trying to get every single bend on the 3 hole.
Three bends on the 3 hole
In case you don’t remember, there are three bends on that 3 hole which are.
- whole tone
- one and a half tones
The hardest note will be the first one as people have a tendency to hit it with too much ‘bending force’ and then have none left to go to the whole tone or one and a half tone bends.
So, practice hitting that 3 draw semitone bend as gently as possible before you attempt to hit the subsequent bends.
The 1 draw bend
The 1 draw bend needs you to drop the jaw in order to hit it. Then you will release it evenly to get the clean note for that tasty ‘Pink Panther’ slur.
Thank you for watching/reading – join me next week for the next part of the lesson and I will show you how to play the response and the bridge.