Re: [Harp-L] The Bass Player Who Meant Well

My friend Jose Ruiz (a great player) tells how he did a show and the
guitarist kept saying, "This song is in the key of G.  That means you
need a C harp."  After a while, Jose got to lead a song.  He said,
"This song in is the key of G."  He walked over to the guitarist,
"That means you start with your fingers here."
Michael Rubin

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 7:35 AM, Mojo Red <harplicks@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Great story, Elizabeth!
> I'm sure you put him straight.
> You remind me of a time years ago when I sat in with a band and the guitar player/band leader calls out a song in the key of C. He turns to me over the music and yells (condescendingly) "Get out your F harp!" know, like I had no idea.
> Well, the song was actually a slow blues in C minor, so I chose a Bb harp and played in 3rd. I took a solo and all was well.
> When the song was winding down he leans over and sincerely compliments my solo. I smiled and showed him my Bb harp.
> The befuddled look on his face became a special moment for me. LOL!
> Harpin' in Colorado,
> --Ken M.
> ________________________________
>  From: Elizabeth Hess <TrackHarpL@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 11:00 PM
> Subject: [Harp-L] The Bass Player Who Meant Well
> I played at an open blues jam, tonight.  Had fun.
> But after my set, the bass player -- another jammer -- came up to me...  He wanted to be sure I knew that he had switched to the key of C during my solos, for my benefit.  I gave him a funny look and asked, "Why would you do that?"  And he answered, "Because...  well...  isn't your diatonic harmonica in the key of C?"
> A "teachable moment" if ever there was one.  And I took full advantage of it, let me tell you.
> Elizabeth (aka "Tin Lizzie")

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