Spring Special – Eat Chocolate!

Eat chocolate, la-na-la-na-na

This fun song is the result of a songwriting project with children at All Saints CE Primary School in Horsham, West Sussex. They wanted to create something new and the theme they hit on was chocolate! It wasn’t long before the main riff was finished.

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Harp Academy teacher Ben Jones added an infectious Salsa backing track to the riff, from which a fabulous chugging section also emerged. The song can be played at any time of the year, however the theme lends itself to Easter and Christmas celebrations.

Let’s play the tune on our harmonica. The purple notes are for 4 hole harmonicas. The orange notes are for 10 hole harmonicas. The number is the hole you need to play. B is breathing out (Blow) and D is breathing in (Draw). Work through the ostinato and chug sections below, then try to play along to the complete track at the bottom of the page. The ostinato is suitable for 4 hole and 10 hole harmonica. The chug however, only works on a 10 hole harmonica.

Ostinato (play twice)

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3B    3B    2B    3B    3B    2B        3D    3B    2D    2B    2D
6B    6B    5B    6B    6B    5B        6D    6B    5D    5B    5D
Eat  choc’late,  eat  choc’late       La  – na  – la  – na  – na

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2D    2D    1D    2D    2D    1D        3B    2D    2B    1D    2B
5D    5D    4D    5D    5D    4D        6B    5D    5B    4D    5B
Eat  choc’late,  eat  choc’late        La  – na  – la  – na  – na

Chug
The chug is created by articulating the words chocotty-chocotty-choc each time. Start by whispering this without your harmonica, then try it through your harmonica. The notes in the harmonica should be replacing your voice! On the very last chug, we articulate Choc, eat choc’late. This completes the sequence. Remember that we’re chugging chords, which means a group of holes at the same time. 1B-4B means blow holes 1B+2B+3B+4B together. First let’s hear the articulation without the harmonica.

Here’s the main chug..

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And here’s the ending to the chug..

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And now let’s work on the chugs with the harmonica..

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1B-4B    1B-4B    1B-4B    1D-4D

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1D-4D    1D-4D    1D-4D    1B-4B

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1B-4B    1B-4B    1B-4B    1D-4D

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1D-4D    1D-4D    1D-4D    1B-4B

Salsa
Salsa is a Spanish word meaning sauce. It was used to describe a new form of Latin-Caribbean dance music being played in New York clubs in the 1960’s. The basis for the music was Son from the island of Cuba.

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Clave
The beat that underpins Salsa is called clave, a Spanish word we pronounce klah-bayClave is a Latin rhythm with five beats to the bar, which is tapped out on two hardwood sticks that take the same name. The rhythm can be arranged in a 3-2 pattern or a 2-3 pattern, and there are further variations. Here’s a simple 3-2 example that you can still hear in the streets of Havana.

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Key Harmonica Skills

  • Ostinato / Riff
  • Chugging
  • Articulation
  • Chords
  • Salsa
  • Clave

Practise Track

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