Re: [Harp-L] Diatonic Positions

I don't teach harmonica, but I would say there shouldn't be any set curriculum. When I teach banjo I tailor the lessons to the student. With a total beginner I keep them in a standard G tuning till they know their way around the instrument and have mastered basic right hand technique. Then I will move on to other tunings. If I am teaching someone who already plays another instrument the move comes much quicker. With harmonica I think I would start a complete beginner in first position, playing basic major scale melodies, if they were interested in blues I would move pretty quickly to second position. At that point I would explain that when you use a different hole on the harmonica as the tonic or root note, you are playing in a different mode and harmonica players like to call them positions.

On Mar 16, 2012, at 2:57 PM, Robert Hale wrote:

On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 9:37 AM, Rick Jackofsky <roosterick@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
2nd position is G Mixolydian mode. No sharps or flats, till you bend the reeds.

Right, all.
(Used as a reference to the circle of fifths, that's all.)

What's your opinion of introducing 12P soon with 2P?

Robert Hale

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