[Harp-L] Brazilian Choro

Ansel Barnum anselsb@xxxxx
Fri Feb 24 09:59:44 EST 2017

Thanks so much Laurent! Much obliged. I'm a longtime fan of Planet
Harmonica. You do really fantastic stuff there!

I played it on a standard Richter-tuned harmonica in the key of G. The song
follows a typical choro form of AABBACCA, where the A sections are in E
minor (4th position), B sections in G major (1st position), and C sections
in E major (4th position). Obviously the C section is the trickiest, and I
was tempted to switch to another harp, but the fast moving piece doesn't
leave much time for a harp switch, so I tried to make it work in 4th
position. On most of the repeats, the third A especially, I did some
variations to try to keep it interesting. The real choro masters would
improvise but that's far beyond my qualifications! This is challenging
music due to the steady stream of notes demanding tight time like
bluegrass, bebop, etc. But the payoff after long woodshedding is that it's
fun to play!


On Fri, Feb 24, 2017 at 3:34 AM Laurent Vigouroux <
laurentHarp at xxxxx> wrote:

> Hey, very good stuff! Impressive.
> Would you give us some informations about the tune (key, scales)?
> Congratulations and thanks for the sharing!
> Laurent
> www.planetharmonica.com
> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : Harp-L [mailto:harp-l-bounces at xxxxx] De la part de Ansel Barnum
> Envoyé : 23 février 2017 18:06
> À : harp-l at xxxxx
> Objet : [Harp-L] Brazilian Choro
> Hey there harpers--
> I've been plugging away on this challenging choro tune. Let me know what
> you think:
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCKEDQCFaBk
> Cheers (with caipirinhas),
> Ansel

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