Re: writing scores for harp

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Posted by Marc on May 27, 2002 at 00:21:08:

In Reply to: writing scores for harp posted by music writer on May 23, 2002 at 03:01:36:

It depends on the musician you are writing for. If they can read music, just write out the notes as you would for any instrument. If they can't read music, you have to find out what they can read. Some harmonica players need tabs with hole numbers and blow/draw symbols, while others can only play something after they hear it.

: Is there any convention for writing music for harp?

: On a C harmonica there are three octaves, but in practice the notes most used are those around draw 3.

: We could use two staves as in piano or place everything in the treble with leger lines after 6 draw, but this might not be convenient in other keys.

: I would favour a single stave, perhaps with 8va ...| mark on 1st position.

: Also is there any convention for tablature. Numbers below the stave with arrows? Or assumed draw and mark blow?

: Music writer

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