Re: [Harp-L] Minor blues
He's right. Stormy Monday is not played in a minor key. And, actually, while Help Me is played in a minor key by the band, the harp is traditionally played in a 2nd position, standard major key, as opposed to a minor key position (e.g., 3rd). Sure, it creates dissonance but it's how Sonny Boy did it....and, well, that's just how it's done. The only song suggested so far which is truly a minor key tune is Thrill Is Gone and that generally sucks for a harp player. I've played it dozens of times while fronting a band and I usually just vamp along in 3rd position, trying to do horn parts. Frankly, I view it as an untouchable tune since nobody can do it like B.B. It's a guitar tune.
From: harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx <harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx> on behalf of Arthur Jennings <arturojennings@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, April 15, 2016 8:50 PM
To: David McCurry
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Minor blues
Stormy Monday is not in a minor key.
> On Apr 15, 2016, at 10:17 AM, David McCurry <david.mccurry@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> 1) Stormy Monday
> 2) Thrill is Gone
> 3) your choice...
>> On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 5:54 AM, Arthur Jennings <arturojennings@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> 1) Help Me
>> 2) The Thrill Is Gone
>> 3) Who's Been Talkin'
>> > On Apr 14, 2016, at 10:18 PM, Sheltraw <macaroni9999@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > What would you say are the three most commonly played minor blues at jam sessions?
>> > Daniel
>> > Sent from my iPhone
> David S McCurry, EdD
> DS McCurry Fine Arts Studio
> Jacaranda Educational Development, LLC
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