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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-04-26T21:48:21+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=14&t=1192 2006-04-26T21:48:21+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1192&p=12648#p12648 <![CDATA[RE: Minor keys.....]]>
I'll second the recommendation to check out third pos. Really opens
up the harp. Here's why.

Music in D, harp is a C. (+ = blow, ' = bend step)

I chord : Dmajor chord notes are D F# A

To make a Dminor lower the 3rd a half step D F A, on harp that's

1 2" 3" or 4 5 6 or 8 9 10

(D minor pentatonic scale is 1 2" 2 3" 4+ 4, little bit of work
but do-able)

So 2 nice big mid and high minor draw chords with no bends for a I
chord. The root note D is on 1 4 8 so octaves for tongue block
are 1/4 or 4/8

IV chord : Gmajor is G B D
On harp thats 1 2 3 4 5 and 7 8 9, nice big G major chords.
The root G note 2 3+ 6+ 9+ so octave 3+/6+ or 6+/9+

For Gminor it's G Bb D (the Bb is a 3')
Gminor pentatonic scale is 2 3' 4+ 4 5 6+
which is normal 2nd pos territory so all your 2nd pos licks will
work on the IV chord.

V chord : Amajor is A C# E

Aminor chord is A C E
On harp thats 1+ 2+ or 3" 4+ 5+ or 6 7+ 8+ or 10 10+
The root note A is 3" 6 10 so octave 6/10
A minor pentatonic scale is 3" 4+ 4 5+ 6+ 6
which looks a lot like 1st pos

So draw out a C harp and map the chords and root notes for octaves
for the I IV and V chords and chug thru a 12 bar following the
changes with either chord or octaves. Then play around with the
penatonic scales and before you know it you'll be flying from
top to bottom. Very cool.

Moose.

Statistics: Posted by bluemoose — Wed Apr 26, 2006 9:48 pm


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2006-04-24T02:42:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1192&p=12647#p12647 <![CDATA[RE: Minor keys.....]]> Statistics: Posted by dcblues — Mon Apr 24, 2006 2:42 am


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2006-04-23T05:11:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1192&p=12646#p12646 <![CDATA[RE: Minor keys.....]]>



Way to go, DC! THAT'S a route I hadn't thought of.
I'll pass it on.....and make a note of it myself.
Many thanks,
BobQ

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2006-04-22T23:23:10+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1192&p=12645#p12645 <![CDATA[RE: Minor keys.....]]> Statistics: Posted by dcblues — Sat Apr 22, 2006 11:23 pm


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2006-04-22T16:19:06+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1192&p=12644#p12644 <![CDATA[RE: Minor keys.....]]>


Appreciate the contact, Bubba, lots of repect. Anything to get people chipping in will help. You have a good weekend.
Anyone else.......?
BobQ

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2006-04-22T14:47:11+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1192&p=12643#p12643 <![CDATA[RE: Minor keys.....]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sat Apr 22, 2006 2:47 pm


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Sounds good, Bubba. I've done the same with a standard D harp. But I do remember sitting in with a band who were doing a Taj arrangement of the old 'All Along The Watchtower' and had to turn my mic waayyyy down, 'cos bending the odd note in just wasn't doing it.
These are the situations I think he was asking about.
Beats me......

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2006-04-22T13:04:51+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1192&p=12641#p12641 <![CDATA[RE: Minor keys.....]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Sat Apr 22, 2006 1:04 pm


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2006-04-22T05:58:06+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1192&p=12640#p12640 <![CDATA[Minor keys.....]]>


Now I know I should really know this, and maybe I've covered it way back in time but this ol' memory isn't what it used to be, but a young guy asking me about cross harps and which ones to use etc....., mentioned minor keys. For the life of me I couldn't give him a straight answer. Something to do with 'natural' minors......all a bit vague. Asked what harp I'd use to play a song in, say....Am? My first guess would be Dm, but that rings bell of error way back in the dark days.
Anyone help, please?
Much appreciated,
BobQ

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