Re: harp keys

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Posted by J4ezzmund on March 22, 2002 at 07:13:09:

In Reply to: harp keys posted by Grant Garwood on March 21, 2002 at 00:48:59:

: Hi Anyone,I am a bit confused with 1st and 2nd position and would appreciate some help with deciding what key harp(s) I need to buy to play two Beatles songs....Please Please Me(key of E)and I Should Have Known Better(key of G).

: Thanks in advance,

: Grant.

Most Beatles stuff will be in 1st position, so the key of the song and the harp are the same.
If you play in second position (you are playing mainly low draw notes, as in most blues music), the key you are playing is four steps lower than the harp you are using (2nd position on a G harp is D -- count backwards four starting with G -- G,F,E,D).
That being said, you can play any song in any key-- it will simply sound higher or lower if the key you play does not match whatever you are listening to. In fact, I practice playing the same stuff (songs, riffs, etc.) on different key harps to get the particular feel of each harp.
I hope this helps more than it confuses you!

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