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Re: Who knows harmonicas?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:37 pm
by jamesfarrell
Ok, thanks and 2nd position is the most popular? I don't have any minor harps.

Re: Who knows harmonicas?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:55 pm
by bottleneck
hey james ,if you are a guitar player,think of it like this: to play second position ,which is the most popular blues position,use the key harmonica of the IV chord.if you are in G,the four chord is a C.if you are in E,the four chord is an A.etc.

i think there could be a great player that stays in second all the time!

to play in third ,WHICH DOES NOT HAVE TO BE MINOR!!!,Simply use the key below.for G,use and F harp,for A ,use a G harp.etc.

for first position,use the same key harp as the song.for A,use an A,etc.

Re: Who knows harmonicas?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:11 pm
by jamesfarrell
Yep got it. My chest and back hurts, is that normal for all the super blowing and inhaling?

I found that you can really bend notes with the way you blow and draw. It's pretty amazing. I'm probably not as good as I think I am. I just need to watch a few youtube videos of guys that could kick my ass with one note.

Now my other question. Any jam tracks online that you guys could point me to? The ones I found are midi and kind of boring.


Re: Who knows harmonicas?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 6:39 pm
by jeffl
I haven't used any online jam tracks, but I think Jon Gindick might have some for a price.

Re: Who knows harmonicas?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 9:19 pm
by bottleneck
i don't see the point in jam tracks.just play along with a muddy waters record!

Re: Who knows harmonicas?

PostPosted: Thu Sep 06, 2012 10:51 am
by jawbone60
just google "circle of 5ths chart" and print it off. it's a wheel that will give you what key harp in what root key in what position. go from there. it does not really matter if you are open tuned or what, there IS a key harp you can play with it.
in my experience open tuning lends itself to 3rd position. 3rd likes minor notes to sound great. open tuning has minor notes. hence if you are tuned to open E, an E harp for 1st, A harp for 2nd, and a D harp for 3rd. if you're in open B,B harp for 1st, an E harp for 2nd, an A harp for 3rd.
1st is mostly all blow notes. 2nd is a lot of draw notes on the first 6 holes. 3rd is a lot of draw notes from hole 3 through 10, or with tongue blocking you can use all 10 holes. you cover 4 holes with your mouth and use your tongue to block the 2 middle holes of the harp. then you move that configuration up and down the harp. it sounds harder than it is.

i don't know where Allan got that chart and it may be technically correct from a guitarists' viewpoint but it's misleading to a harp player. here's what key the root is and what key harp goies with it in 3rd: A- G.....B- A...C- Bb...D, C....E, A...F, Eb...G, F... a circle of 5ths is much easier to get the hang of.

Re: Who knows harmonicas?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:01 pm
by goldbrick
Ok I am not a huge harper but I was able to play along with the russian dude with a G harp played cross harp stlye--thats what they call 2nd position
That means the slide guy was in key of D
I used a Hohner Big River harp ( bout 25 bux) a jt30 astatic mike ( bout 50 bucks ) and a Fender Champ 600 ( $ 100 )

Suck evenly don't smoke and keep your reeds wet---Listen to Little Walter, Slim Harpo and Magic Dick)

Other guys may have said the same thing but I get a headache looking at cycle of 5ths and such . Unless that fifth has OLd Crow in it

Yes your chest will hurt just like your fingertips did when you learned to bend strings

Re: Who knows harmonicas?

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:04 pm
by goldbrick
Oh yeah-I hate wooden comb harps-they swell and tear up your tongue
For me plastic comb is a better choice ( the comb is the frame in the tin sandwich)