Re: [Harp-L] 4th Position Harmonica
- To: Steve Hayes <bigbandrhythm@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] 4th Position Harmonica
- From: Rick Dempster <rickdempster33@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 2 Dec 2015 09:02:33 +1100
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6th?? B on a C? I'd recommend 11th long before that. Bb is a long way from
B. I've heard Levy talk about a tune or tunes that lay out well in
6th. Good for him!
On 2 December 2015 at 05:07, Steve Hayes <bigbandrhythm@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Sometimes a tune requires a flatted 6th (the natural minor scale has a
> flatted 3rd, 6th, and 7th.) This is available in 4th position as 2" (2 draw
> bent a whole step) or 5 draw or 9 draw. Often this is the only way to play
> a specific melody without overblows.
> Straight, No Chaser (Thelonious Monk)
> Manha de Carnival, aka A Day In The Life of a Fool (Luis Bonfa)
> How High the Moon (Morgan Lewis)
> Afternoon in Paris (John Lewis)
> Tune Up (Miles Davis)
> If you simply copy other harp players, you won't find many examples of 4th
> position. Charlie Musselwhite plays "Can't Stay Away From You" and "Azul
> Para Amparo" in 4th and John Hammond plays "Clap Hands" in 4th. So
> generally, you're safe, if you want to sound like another harmonica player.
> However, "Straight, No Chaser" IS a blues tune.
> If you are trying to push the repertoire boundaries, or want to hang with
> horn players or remain on stage in a jazzier jam, other positions including
> 12th, 5th, and 6th will come in handy.
> I'm not stageworthy with the unusual positions yet, but I know I'm going
> to need them and will try to know which tunes go with what positions. I did
> have a successful experience at a jam playing "Georgia on My Mind" in 12th
> Steve in Reno/Tahoe
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