Blues Harp Key

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Blues Harp Key

Postby Mister_K19 » Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:58 am

I've now been playing harmonica for only several months. Currently, I own a Lee Oskar Key of C, and I think it's time for me to get a new harmonica. But I'm not sure what key to get it in. Now I know that to get that bluesy sound, it's through technique. But the right key wouldn't hurt right? So what key would you recommend for me to get that bluesy sound?
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Postby thebluesbox » Sat Jul 01, 2006 3:54 am

A different key harp would help you to play a song in a different key and they all can sound bluesy with technique as you said it. But a great sounding harp that I love to play is the A key im not much on higher keyed harps I love the low sound and to me the A key is a happy medium on the lower side of things so to speak.

p.s. I remember when I first started playing harp I didnt know the keys went from low to high as follows: G, A, Bb, C, D, Eb, E, F etc I thought it was like the music scales read "every good boy does fine" in school band, EGBDF so I started buying like that and couldnt figure out why they wasnt in sequence pffff.... till someone came along and helped me out a bit hahah!
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Postby Mister_K19 » Sat Jul 01, 2006 4:10 am

BLUESBOX, much obliged for the reply. I've heard that harmonica in the key of A is great. Again much appreciated for your opinion. Anyone else got their own opinions?
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Postby t bone bruce » Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:26 am

The first harp I bought was a C- almost all instruction materials are for a C harp. The next one I got was an A harp- because when you play cross harp you will play it in E. (E is a very popular blues key for guitarists, as it's an easy key for them to play in). After that I got a D harp (cross harp- A- another popular blues key!)
These 3 harps cover most of what I play when I'm playing out. I have all 12 keys now, plus High G and Low F, but my most used harps are A, C, and D.
A G harp is also useful, as are F and Bb as longer term purchases.
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