[Harp-L] What key is the band in?

Patrick Lines plines@xxxxx
Wed Nov 2 21:58:29 EDT 2016

Although I haven't in a while, I have in the past carried a Korg chromatic 
tuner in my harp case and left it turned on during a gig. You have to know 
some chord structure because it's not always going to catch the root note. I 
carried it because I played for a while with a good singer/ songwriter but 
not a necessarily good guitar player who would start songs in the wrong key.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Howard Young via Harp-L
Sent: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 5:04 PM
To: Arthur Jennings
Cc: harp-l at xxxxx ; B. Scott Nelson
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] What key is the band in?

A guitar player and a harmonica player fall off a cliff at the same time. 
Which one hits the ground first?

The guitar player.
The harmonica player had to stop and ask what key they're in.


Sent by Howard Young

> On Nov 2, 2016, at 6:22 PM, Arthur Jennings <arturojennings at xxxxx> 
> wrote:
> You don't need a melódica or a pitch pipe; any harmonica has all the notes 
> you need to test.
>> On Nov 2, 2016, at 2:13 PM, B. Scott Nelson 
>> <BScott at xxxxx> wrote:
>> I drag a melodica with me to every jam.
>> I find the key on the melodica and select the right harp key before I 
>> play.
>> A simple pitch pipe can work, too.   Saves confusion and embarrassment.
>> But, you gotta have an ear to get it right.

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