making the switch from diatonic to chromatic

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making the switch from diatonic to chromatic

Postby eline » Fri Jun 30, 2006 8:07 am

Does anybody have any suggestions as to the most effieciant way of making a switch from a diatonic harp to a chrome. I know you can play a chrome in a dorian scale relatively easy, but what about switching keys in other positions? What are some of the most effective srategies for making the move?

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Postby thebluesbox » Sat Jul 01, 2006 4:18 am

I play by ear with feeling the song out. Try the 3rd postion for starters play along with some tunes in D, Eb or G songs to figure out where you should be on the harp in the tune and feel it out.
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Postby huge blues » Tue Jul 11, 2006 2:44 am

Before dropping bank on a chromatic get yourself a Hohner Marine Band 364S/24 in the solo tuning. It's tuned identical to a chromatic but lacks the slide and at less that $40 is a lot easier on the wallet. Get one of those in the key of "C" and put on a best-of disc of Elmore James where everything is in "D" and that should jump-start you.
Someone asked me once about the small chromatics that Hohner makes. I advised to get one with at least 24 holes,-three octaves. You can fake a chromatic with any diatonic by playing over the minor 2nd of the harps first position key. Trouble is you will run out of range on the smaller diatonics.
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