Posted by Shaggy on March 16, 2002 at 13:25:19:
In Reply to: playing in different keys posted by jerry on March 15, 2002 at 08:36:46:
: I am curious why i am able to play the same song (using the same holes) on a key of "C" harmonica as i am able to play on for example a key of "E" or "A" (etc.) harmonica. I would think that because the note layout is totally different-- and therefore because i am really playing different note -- it would not sound anything like each other. granted, some songs sound better in certain key -- but i have found that i am able to play any song in any key harmonica eventhough they are different notes. WHY IS THIS??? IS THERE SOME RELATIONSHIP TO THE NOTES THAT STAYS THE SAME ON ALL KEYS OF HARP?
The note layout is not totally different. In fact, it's exactly the same. The only difference is not the layout, but the pitch. When playing in a different key, you're playing X semitones higher or lower. Each note is, then, X semitones higher or lower. So the layout is the same.
In other words, yes; there is a relationship in the notes that stays the same in all keys.
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