Re: [Harp-L] Chromatic: Advantages of each position

I did one a long time ago.

Lots of C, F, and G. Those were the top three.

But I know from talking with him that he feels that Eb and Bb are the smoothest major keys because they have so few breath changes.

I've heard him tear it up in E major, though. He's no slouch. Maybe he picks weird keys just to stay sharp, per Slim's suggestion. (and yes, for jazz, E major is a weird key.)


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 From: Robert Hale <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx> 
Cc: harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx> 
Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 3:02 PM
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Chromatic: Advantages of each position

On Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM, Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

If you only ever play a C chromatic, and especially if you don't play diatonic, then the concept of positions is pointless. 

I wonder if there's been a survey of, say, Toots' catalog, by preferred key and position? 

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