Yesterday I watched a video by Jason Ricci and it got me inspired to learn something new! Most of my co-playing exerpeience is with pop, folk and reaggae musicians and I have always used one of three strategies.
1. Play blues licks in betweeen
2. play relative minor over a major key in 3rd or 4th position
3 Play in 1st position
I have always felt limited, because I feel like first position is difficult to make the harp sing and always playing minor/blues over major get's repetive. But I realize now that with 12th positon it's posible to get some very nice major scale licks and melodies with soul and wail! Does anyone have exerience playing the major scale in this position? There are some challenging bends around the third hole, but I am going to practice this until I can master it! I have a feeling it will open a new world of harping? Specially because I don't live in blues-country, it's very rare to find good blues guitar players here. This might make it more enjoyable to play pop music
I'm a huge fan of Jason Ricci - but am also glad I came upon him after playing for about a year (knew about him before) as his stuff is quite intricate.
I'm working on positions in numerical order, so, up to third position.
However, I've really been working on my three draw bends, all three of them. Try isolating that for a while. I would also suggest a third position blues scale (starting on draw 1) as it isolates 3 draw double bent: