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

I always think in "positions" whether playing diatonic or the chromatic  
harmonica. I'm not an expert in any way in the theory of music...  But I  find 
that it works for me!
The main problem in playing chromatically on any harmonica is that of  
chords. That is the main reason my working kit of harps includes chroms in all  
twelve major keys. This also has the bonus that once one learns a complex 
tune  in one key, should the vocalist decide to sing the song in another key 
entirely,  it is easy to grab a different harmonica and play exactly the same 
"pattern" and  get the required key without having to ditch the chords! 
Much the same as a  keyboard player hitting the "transpose" button on a modern 
synth or a guitarist  using a capo. It may not be clever, but it produces 
When I play music, I do not care if I seem to be "cheating" in this way. I  
simply want to make a musical sound, and that is all that matters as far as 
I am  concerned.
Best wishes,
John "Whiteboy" Walden
Just now in Scotland,
But I'm available for work anywhere in the world.
_http://johnwalden.freevar.com_ ( 
In a message dated 3/13/2012 6:31:15 P.M. GMT Standard Time,  
robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

Will  there be a presenter at SPAH12 teaching how to choose positions on  a
chromatic? Even though all notes are present, I imagine some modes  and
scales "layout" better in certain positions, both for comfort and  for

Robert Hale
Learn Harmonica by Webcam
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