Posted by Shaggy on April 18, 2002 at 15:35:00:
In Reply to: Info Help? Key of G posted by Frank on April 16, 2002 at 18:26:29:
: Glen Weiser wrote a book on Irish and American Fiddle Tunes for Harmonica which looks very good. He states that He says that many tunes having the key signature of one sharp (G Major, D Mixolydian, A Dorian, or E Aeolian) can not be played on the 10-hole harmonica. Instead you have to use the 12-hole harmonica like the Hohner No. 364, key of G. Can anyone explain why? I figured a regular 10-hole key of G harmonica would have the F# in it. Can anyone help me?
Good book! I love the snippets of trivia and pictures of old harps at the bottom of most of the pages. :)
Anyhow, the answer to your question is simply that there must be the right notes in the right places to play the song correctly. Sure, the notes are all there, but not in every octave. So you don't always have all the notes you need in a 10 hole. That's when you need the 12 hole, to complete the scale. It's as simple as that.
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