Okay, here goes a combination of two songs which bring great memories: September by Earth, Wind and Fire and Windy by The Association (I posted a pretty cool version up above👆 from the television series Breaking Bad).
You can see the lyrics to what I play in the description on YouTube if you want to follow along. I’m not much of a tabs guy, so I’m not really sure most of the time if I’m drawing or blowing, or even what hole I’m on, but rather just play what seems to sound right. With that said, I’ve found the tabs to be an invaluable resource for when I just can’t figure out the melody, which happens with some frequency.
The second song kept coming to mind as I played the first, so I decided to put them together.
Most challenging for me in the first song was the first note which in one tab I saw was a 3 draw bent a full step, and though it probably could be done without the bend, I decided to give it a shot with the bend. I’m still not great with bends, particularly on my A harp, but practicing it over the last few days has helped me to get it a bit better.
Another challenging part was to get the transitions from the lower octave to the higher octave and then back again to the lower in September. Again not great, but I finally got something that seemed to work for me.
I tried doing some tongue blocking in the higher octave, as one of the tabs I found suggested, but either I wasn’t doing it right or they were wrong, because it just didn’t seem to add anything to the song, so I just did what sounded right to me and decided to leave tongue blocking for another day…
While I’ve shared some of the other songs I play on Instagram and other olaces, those I’ve shared here on this forum have been especially fun to do since I know many who are here go through the same thoughts and challenges as I do when I’m working on a song.
Happy Windy September to all y’all