RE: [Harp-L] Sax and Harmonica

In my days before playing the harmonica, I was in band in my high school...

If you think of everything going to C, then

Instrument pitch - Concert pitch (for example Bb-C)

Bb instrument (trumpet, tenor sax, clarinet, etc) Bb-C is one whole step, then C-D, C#-Eb, D-E, Eb-F, etc.

Eb instrument (alto sax) Eb-C (the minor 3rd) then E-C#, F-D, F#-Eb(D#), G-E, etc.

F instrument (French horn) F-C (4th in the chord of C) then F#-C#, G-D, G#-D#, A-E, etc.

C instrument (many various including flute, tuba, piano, guitar (maybe), etc.)  C-C

Any instrument tuned another way, say G for example, would use G-C interpretation (if that's the proper term to use).
A-C for an A instrument, etc. 

Concert pitch centers on C.  If they tune to F concert note, then the alto sax (Eb instrument) would play D to "tune" or play F with the other instruments.  BTW, I was usually sharp when playing D on my Alto sax and had to learn to "pull down" the note :o)

Does this help any?

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From: harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Seth Galitzer
Sent: Friday, March 09, 2012 2:18 PM
To: Robert Hale
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Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Sax and Harmonica

I dunno, the "usual" way is pretty tidy, too.  For a Bb instrument, you go one whole step up from the concert pitch: C->D, G->A, Eb->F, etc.  For an Eb instrument, you go down a minor third from concert
pitch: C->A, G->E, Eb->C, etc.  Maybe I've had more of a background in music theory than some, having played some type of instrument in a structured fashion since I was 7 or 8 years old.  But this seems pretty plain to me.


On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 2:01 PM, Robert Hale <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> oooh that's tidy! I can DO that.
> thanks
> Robert Hale
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> On Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 7:49 AM, Doug Schroer <dougharps@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> You can also use the circle of 5ths to easily figure it out:
>> Start by locating the key of the instrument on the circle of 5ths.
>> Looking at the key signature of the piece of music written for that 
>> instrument, go counterclockwise the number of flats, or clockwise the 
>> number of sharps around the circle of fifths.
>> Where you end up is the actual key of the song based on a C instrument.
>> Choose whatever harmonica you want to use to play in that key based 
>> on your choice of position.
>> Doug S.

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