[Harp-L] Re: Riffs to play in boots or hearts

Ken H in Ohio airmojoken@xxxxx
Mon May 2 19:19:26 EDT 2016

Hi Ian.. I am not familiar with the song, but I found it on YouTube at:


I listened to it, and tried playing along, and a basic diatonic scale
on a C harp from the 2 draw up to the 9 draw and variations of it can
give you something that works well... and a 4 draw-5 draw trill
bending the 4 draw back and forth works very well too.

The song reminds me of the song "Down Home Girl" by the Rolling
Stones... love that song... give it a listen here:


Mickey Raphael talks about this basic diatonic scale in an interview
that I watched a while ago, after discovering this myself from years
of noodling around on the harp... here is the link that I watched with
an interview of Mickey... at about 7:40 he talks about this diatonic


Again, the 4-5 draw trill always works, and bending on the 4 draw.

Hope this helps!

Ken H in OH

On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 5:07 PM, ian osborn <davidianosborn at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm having issues in seeing any responses to my post... has anyone seen
> this post??? thanks in advance...
> On Sun, May 1, 2016 at 9:00 PM, ian osborn <davidianosborn at gmail.com> wrote:
>> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>> From: *ian osborn* <davidianosborn at gmail.com>
>> Date: Sunday, 1 May 2016
>> Subject: Riffs to play in boots or hearts
>> To: Harp L <harp-l at harp-l.org>
>> Probably keeping it simple with the up riff and down riff 4D 4B 3D 2D
>> On Saturday, 30 April 2016, ian osborn <davidianosborn at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Anyone familiar with this song?? Boots or hearts by the tragically hip...
>>> Key of G cross harp key of C... Trying to think of some small riffs for the
>>> end of every second verse.. Very good guitar strumming patterns
>>> throughout so I do not want to overshadow it... Merely add a three or four
>>> note riff here and there... Thoughts?!! Thanks!!!

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