Re: [Harp-L] positions you can use on diatonic

I am saying the latter.  2nd position means playing in the key of G on
a C harp no matter which scale you are using and thinking modally is
just a very small subset of positions.  I clearly have no idea what
Larry is thinking, because everytime I try and paraphrase it, he dies
a horrible death.

On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 10:05 AM, ndavid.coulson@xxxxxxxxx
<ndavid.coulson@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> After reading further along in the email string I'm thinking maybe I'm using
> Positions and Modes interchangeably when i shouldn't. That they both follow
> the Circle of Fifths makes the whole thing confusing.
> David
> On Mar 31, 2012, at 10:13 AM, ndavid.coulson@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> 'm trying to understand this myself. Is there a difference between "playing
> in positions", where, for example, on a C harp you play the notes of the C
> scale but starting with the root note of G (Mixolydian mode of C), and
> playing in the KEY of G on a C harp? Maybe Michael is describing the former
> and Larry is describing the latter. In other words, when playing
> positionally aren't you primarily using and emphasizing all the notes of the
> 1st position (major) scale regardless of what position you're playing in,
> which is what creates distinctive sound of the mode? Whereas when you play
> in a key, you're adding the sharps and flats that enable you to play a major
> (or minor) scale in that particular key, regardless of the key of the harp
> you're playing. Please tell me if this is wrong. I'm not sure if my grasp of
> music theory is correct!
> David

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