Re: [Harp-L] Free Jazz Handbook & all that jazz
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Sent: Saturday, June 09, 2007 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Free Jazz Handbook & all that jazz
To convert the musical staff to harmonica tablature; simply purchase a Mel
Bay (or anybody else's) harmonica book that includes musical notation AND
tablature to make your own conversion card.
Basically, you will come up a chart that shows that middle C (off the
and one space and one line below the staff) is Blow 1, D (the space below
staff) is Draw 1, E (the first line on the staff) is Blow 2 and G (the 2nd
of the staff) is Blow 3.
Once you understand this tiny bit of musical information, you can easily
convert hundreds of tunes written in the key of C to harmonica tab very
However, before you have converted more than 6 or 8 songs, you will find
that you don't have to look at your chart any more because you will remember
the conversions. When that happens you can dispense with the chart and with
tab. You will be able to look at a note on the staff and find it directly on
HORRORS!...WARNING!...BEWARE!...that means that you will be reading music!
You will be in grave danger of losing that proud distinction that sets you
apart from musicians. You will feel your spontaniety weakening as it is
constrained by the disciplines of standard notation. Go down that path and
you risk being robbed of the bliss of ignorance of standard notation. You
will lose the pleasure of listening to recordings over and over to learn the
tunes and licks thereon. Even worse, you might even find yourself learning
songs without ever hearing a recording. Reject Phil's advice and avoid this
terrible fate. Do not be deceived, Phil is trying to trick you into doing
something that you do...not...want...to...do.
Warning courtesy of: Vern Smith
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