Re: Key sign language (minimal harp)

>From: Pat Missin <pat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>Reply-To: Pat Missin <pat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: Re: Key sign language (minimal harp)
>Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2003 13:02:26 -0400
>Tom wrote:
> >I went home thinking about what exactly he meant though. Now I think I 
> >Yesterday I was hanging out with a good friend and we talked about it, 
> >then it hit me! What I THINK he meant was the NUMBER OF SHARPS OR FLATS 
> >KEY can represent the key itself. That number is unique to each key, 
>right? The
> >number of sharps or flats increase by 1 each time you move forward or
> >backwards respecfully from C in the circle of 5ths. C has no sharps or 
>flats so it's
> >represented by a neutral fist. One finger up = 1 sharp: key of G. Two 
> >up = 2 sharps: key of D. One finger down = one flat: key of F. Two 
> >down = 2 flats: key of Bb......and so on.
> >
> >Is this right? It seems to make sense. Has anyone else out there used 
> >method of communicating keys on stage? I feel like I learned something 
>new. New
> >to me anyway.
>This is quite common in the UK jazz scene, although it is very easy to
>confuse the signal for D major/B minor with a suggestion that you
>should leave the stage...
>  -- Pat.

...or wishing you peace if your in the US jazz scene! Just don't take away 
that F# finger!
Sorry, a little theory humor!
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