RE: [Harp-L] Songs for country tuned harmonica

How many of you have thought about retuning draw 5 a half step up F to
F# and is this common practice?  I understand that now to do the ion
scale (C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C) in first position will require a bend on the 4th
In theory (and tell me if I'm mistaken anywhere) in 2nd position, you
could do it without the flatted 7th note and still get this scale (3b.
3d',3d,4b,4d,5b,5d(country tuned),6b). (but in the key of G instead).
3rd position would get this too, but with the flatted 7th on the 7 blow.
You can still do minor third with 5d'.  Do Blues harmonica players do
this, or do they keep with the flatted 7th on the 5 draw?  I suppose
thinking like the 3 draw (flatted 3rd) for the flatted 7th - with a 1/2
step bend on the 5th draw may take time to learn.  I wonder why blues
players haven't thought of this before, but it's probably because they
rarely (if at all) use the 7th note.  

How would this affect chords?  Draw 3 4 5?  Draw 4 5 6?  Draw 5 6 7? or

Any particular reason why a blues player would not do this, with what
reasoning?  Just want to know what thoughts about this are.
Thanks list,

-----Original Message-----
From: harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Joseph Leone
Sent: Monday, October 10, 2011 11:46 AM
To: Brian McInnis
Cc: harp-l
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Songs for country tuned harmonica

On Oct 10, 2011, at 11:47 AM, Brian McInnis wrote:

> Hi List
> A student purchased a country tuned harp in C, he's already playing
Danny Boy,
> what are other songs you play on your country tuned harps?
> Thanks
> Brian

Brian, he will open up an whole WORLD of tunes with the country tuning.
I have given demonstrations at spah showing this. Show tunes, movie
themes, jazz, dixieland, country/western, pop, doo-wop, bee-bop, re-bop,
commercials, TV themes. It's all a matter of studying the structure of
the tune. In western music the 5th tends to be played 'bright', while
some ethnic and blues tend to play it 'blue'. By making the F an F#,
this will, cure the missing note on the #5 DRAW...AND you can STILL get
the F that was originally there with a (rather) easy bend. So, 2 notes
for the price of one...and an addition of literally hundreds of tunes.  

note: I also happen to sometimes tune the #9 reed (also an F) UP 1 sharp
(to F#). That allows runs on the upper end without the possibility of a
dis-chord. (But he can forego that for a while). lol
This is the tuning I have used since 1960.

smokey Joe (& the Cafes).   

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