Yes, with "middle C" being the meeting point of the two staffs. It remains consistent regardless of the instrument to mu understanding.
Thanks for the info about C4 C5 C 3 etc I've been wondering what those # meant
...dam .. I just picked a tick off me and I already have lyme..but I digress...
I was working on a song (Mack the knife) ...went through my various harmonicas and think I wrote it about 4 times using different harps .
I learned or was reminded that even though I played each one in the key of G..they sounded quite a bit different.
Playing C-harp in the key of G was no where as' rich' as playing the G harp in G.
Thinking it through ( for the most part)...the diatonics are G A B "C" D E F (I left out the sharps and flats)
G A B using the (1 blow note) each harp is lower than the C harp
D E F each harp is higher than middle C
Playing the C harp in G...is an Octave Higher than playing a G harp in G (lower end).
Think I have that correct
So the other part....I have and E natural minor that I can play in 3rd position for key of G
but for now I'm not sure which side of C the E minor Harp is...next time I check to see which side of C the E starts.
(other folks might already know)
last part.... C harmonica as DO
D harmonica as RE
E harmonica as MI
personally I never think in those terms...however...invariably people will ask if my harp is Re or Mi or La etc
..that is " fixed DO"
where as we use "movable DO" it is always the same note/ key as the harp itself.
So whats up with that ?
I know we have a few people from different countries here so just wondering what the custom is...?
...and of course the disclaimer..I might be wrong
or from billy Joel..."it might just be a lunatic you're looking for.."
Nice song, well done !
I recognize it from younger days.
That's to bad he was always popular in this area, and of course with magic dick playing. They had some great tunes !
Good luck Sarge.
Reed thanks for the invite heh heh...
seems to me I have a cute young niece that just moved down that way
...but don't know if she's hot for breakfast...so to speak...
I appreciate the explanations.
This is my 1st upgrade where I actually set aside some $ to upgrade my harps
I think it took a few years till I finally said not all airy or missed notes were technique only. Plus I couldn't help but notice how many things people do to their harps to improve play- ability. I'm to old to spend the next 30 yrs trying to be figuring it all out..
I do depend on advice from those who have been playing all those years . ( picked up a 57 mic, then put a bulletizer on it...it does have a nice sound)
I think the expression would be something along the lines " take advice with a grain of salt..then season to your own taste"
merci encore, spdr
Thanks...I'm seeing them mostly for the special 20's and now for the rockets.
I'd be curious to give it a try...think it's overkill on the rockets ?
I see harmonica gaskets available for a variety of diatonics.
I'm not familiar with them, so I'm wondering if they are widely used or seldom or never.
Yes, hard to find good footage of him playing, just a few bits and pieces of him playing for the most part,
I hope more of his library series gets visually recorded.
Here are a couple of tunes that I like...
I think fairly safe to say he is distinctive in his playing, songwriting...hope folks enjoy..
Here's one I like a lot. It's the 1st tune of any length that I learned a few years back.
So I haven't broken it down...it is a jazzy blues kind of thing that I find myself liking quite a bit these days, certainly nice to put in the mix of things
music starts about 28 seconds in.
Nice he gives 2 different approaches on how to play with it.
That film clip is awesome..it's really good quality that was a nice find.
It has far more than the one I had found...mostly I was breaking it down with the "lost toni" series ,and got to wondering...
.I did play it out one time, but think I wandered a bit to much from the main theme. Figured it was time spend some time with it and firm up what I'm doing or want to do..
Just wondering did Big Walter Horton do longer versions of this song during his career ?
I see people doing various versions, I always kind of thought it was a tongue blocking bit of a milestone for players to try for.
So while working on learning the song I wondered how he played it himself and came across this, which is actually pretty straight forward..
..so wondering if he came up with extended versions or did it just morphed on it's own over the years of people playing it ?
That's high energy stuff 2 gigs in a day..might be nice if someone can record you doing the song. I don't think I've ever seen/ heard someone else doing the "Creeper" ,,,,,It would be a nice tribute to him.
I'm sure you have some rock roll up your sleeve...flying saucers et all..sounded nice...Chuck Berry ish
tough to see them both go the same week
He was a huge inspiration. When he played he was like a 110% super charged. He could energize the room that was for sure.
back in the day this album came out just about the same time as,Whammer Jammmer (magic dick), Room to Move, (john mayall) and the Paul Butterfied, Better Days album...those were the tunes we were all hot to play..."back in the day"...
Here's a favorite
Thanks again it will give be plenty to work on..
I am also of the school of though keep it simple and play it really well add fancier stuff as skills allow, figure there is always room for improvement.
i notice guitarist often call out the chords they are on esp if they are teaching/learning the song with someone, so certainly to my advantage if I know where those notes or chords are on my harp...and better yet it will give a clues as to where the song is headed.
So for blues very often, some say to often, it is a 1.4,5 progression. So someone could say give me the 5 ( 7th always flatted) and I'd know what they wanted
Since I'm really not often with others still wondering a bit if jazz players or others would would call out "we are playing a a 5,6,1," for example or are they like to say give me the augmented such and such and next time through flat it...?
thanks again guys
after years of intermittent knuckle dragging (on a wide variety subjects)
I don't want to be they guy saying "duh what are the talking about" when it comes time to play harp.
on job sites (construction), we tried never to hold it against someone if they didn't know how to do something..
those that wouldn't learn..guess we might not have been so kind...
for example or
thanks for all the info and I'll also check out the book.
I often see jazz as a 2,5,1,6 and variations thereof.
So if I'm doing my homework correctly that example from earlier could also be seen as a 1,4 with a 6 , 5, 1 turnaround.
it's true it's arpeggios where we get to play and what ever chords we get, often split chords i would think.
It's in C minor I reached for a Bb harp to play in third position....I'm still not "paper trained" I don't have it committed to memory.
..I found I wasn't coming up with anything interesting but pretty confident others could.
but before I moved on I searched my harps and found an C minor (moll) Orchester 1 harp and gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised how good it sounded.
not dance music but had a nice sound to it. ( then I went in search of something more lively)
with the Ab 13 ..I count 8 for the octave then continue counting.. let me know if I 'm still confused on that
It comes up nicely for me, I'm checking it out now.
"Messin with the kid "...all sorts of good stuff.
The screen tells me Adobe Flash Player needed to view...so I assume it something I already have as part of my laptop.
The song highlighted when I put the curser on it and the play symbol comes up to click on.
Nice stuff Reed. !
Nice song from that era.
Reed: the myspace link, doesn't quite connect .
I tried also as a google search but doesn't bring up your tunes, just my space in general.
...I don't know much about such things just thought I'd let you know...