Re: Lee Oskar Meoldy Maker Harps


I would like to play show tunes such as "Somewhere
Over The Rainbow", songs from West Side Story, i.e.
"There's A Place For Us" or "Somewhere" as well as
some of the more traditional "American Songbook", like
Sinatra's "The Summer Wind" or "It Was A Very Good
Year". Tabs would be great if you could supply them.

I play lots of blues (use Marine Band, Spec 20 and the
LO Minor Keys) and am looking to tot the MM to stretch
and diversify my harp vocabulary. I've heard lots of
great things about the MM and would like to spend some
time with them.

Thanks for your help, Mike and everyone else on these

Eric in L.A.

- --- IronMan Mike Curtis <ironman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> On Thursday, September 04, 2003 5:05 PM
> [GMT-7=PDT],Eric Brown
> <eric_brown1998@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Can anyone recommend a list of tunes and keys
> suitable
> > for the Melody Maker harps?
> The only difference between a MM in G and a major
> diatonic in C is:
> 3B A G
> 5D F# F
> 9D F# F
> And of course the MM is labeled in "crossharp" or
> 2nd position, whereas
> major diatonjics are labeled in 1st position. 
> Essentially, they take a C
> major diatonic, retune three reeds, and relabel it a
> G melody maker.
> You gain a major 7th on 5D an d9D in 2nd position. 
> The 5D can be bent down
> to a natural 7th.  You lose the Ab you used to get
> on 3Dbbb.  Your low note
> blow chord is a C6 or Am7.
> The <ahem> major advantage of MM over MD is you can
> play 2nd position and
> get the major 7th.  This means yo ucan play pretty
> much any song in Ionian
> major on the MM in 2nd position.  I'd venture to say
> offhand that there are
> more songs written in straight Ionian major than any
> other mode.  Misty
> comes to mind.  It has a M7 and nat7, but you have
> both on the MM.
> What style(s) of music do you like?  Tell me some of
> your favorite tunes,
> and more specifically, some tunes YOU want to learn,
> and I'll let you know
> what's really easy, what's doable with some work,
> and the ones you may want
> to skip for the time being.  If I have time, I'll
> tab 'em out.  Otherwise,
> I'll let you know the first few notes, and you
> should be able to take it
> from there.
> We might as well keep this on the list.
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