Re: keys

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Posted by Jezzmund on December 04, 2001 at 04:40:52:

In Reply to: keys posted by David James Barbee on December 03, 2001 at 17:07:33:

: I'm a bit confused. I need to know EXACTLY what a key is, and what makes a certain harmonica a certain key (c, b flat, etc). Thanks

I'll take a crack at this one. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong!

The key is simply the note on which a scale begins (and ends).
The key of the harmonica is the note on which it begins (1 blow) and ends.

Therefore, an "A" harp (or scale) begins on a lower sounding note than "C", and an "E" is higher pitched than "C".

I find it helpful to think of notes as "do,re,mi" instead of "A,B,C"-- you might also.

Blow your brains out,

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