RE: [Harp-L] re: crosss harp major key
I use 2nd posiiton major all the time for the country western tunes we
play with the Cooper Hill Band. Charlie McCoy sometimes uses country tuned
but you can hit a lot of the notes with a regular harp.
1D 2B 2D 3Dbb 3D 4D 5B 6B 6D 7D 8D 8B 9B 10D
I think. It's hard to see the holes when I'm playing. The 6, 7, 8 hole
pattern is fun for pretending you're John Popper.
If by second position major you mean Mixolydian mode, we players of Irish
tunes use that position a lot. A good few jigs, dozens of polkas and even
the odd reel such as The Red-haired Boy pan out best in second position.
The guitar backers are oblivious to the fact that you may be playing in
second position. To them, A Mix may sound just like A major except that
they have to have a new chord to accommodate the flattened 7th if it occurs.
Such tunes come in useful in medleys of tunes (called sets) as it means
that "key-changes," a notable feature of Irish music, can be incorporated.
I suppose some of the tunes are not strictly Mixolydian mode as the
flattened 7th doesn't occur in the tune. I suppose such tunes are
pentatonic. The tune to the song "Dirty Old Town" is pentatonic and can be
played, without bending, in 1st, 2nd or 12th positions.
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