How to Play "When the Saints Go Marching In" on Harmonica

Learn how to play the song "When the Saints Go Marching In" on the harmonica from music teacher Marcus Milius in this Howcast video.

Transcript

"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.

""When the Saints,"" let's have a listen through. And this one we'll be playing in first position, make it a little bit easier. So that's cue C on a C harmonica. All right, so starting at the beginning, that first phrase, ""Oh when the Saints:"" four blow, five blow, five draw, six blow. And you play that a second time: four blow, five blow, five draw, six blow. Third phrase: four blow, five blow, five draw, six blow, five blow, four blow, five blow, four draw. After you've played the four blow-five blow-five draw-six blow, you're gonna play a five blow, four blow, five blow, four draw. Five blow, four draw, four blow, four blow, five blow, six blow, six blow, five draw. And here's the very last phrase, much like the very beginning: four blow, five blow, five draw, six blow, five blow, four blow, four draw, four blow. Put it all together and you got it."

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