[Harp-L] Relative Major

Jordan Feldman bigmouthhorns@xxxxx
Fri Oct 13 10:45:21 EDT 2017

Last Dance is indirectly the reason I play harmonica today.
I was playing trumpet in a dance band that wast covering it, but the guitar was covering the harmonica stuff.
I secretly bought a G and learned the couple few licks and whipped it out during a rehearsal.  Smiles everywhere and I was hooked.
But as a novice harp player, most comfortable in 2 pos, I remember wondering what the heck was going on when first trying to play anything other than those licks over the changes.  The G/D 3/2 pos is a great suggestion.

> On Oct 13, 2017, at 8:10 AM, Michael Rubin <michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx> wrote:
> I may suggest a compromise.  Learn and play the part in 3rd, rip out a solo
> in second.
> Michael Rubin
> michaelrubinharmonica.com
> On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 7:09 AM, Richard Hunter <rhunter377 at xxxxx>
> wrote:
>> Steven Hellerman wrote:
>> <OK. But it's a lot more fun in 2nd position w/ a D harp.
>> It's always more fun to play your own stuff, as opposed to someone else's..
>> That's not the point.  The point is that if you're covering the song, you
>> pay respect to the elements of the arrangement that make the song what it
>> is.  Like, for example, a harp part played in 3rd position, where you can
>> get minor chord fragments that are important to the sound of the song,
>> (Otherwise you reimagine the song entirely to make it clear that the song
>> is just a starting point for your own imagination. That works best when
>> it's obvious that the band is looking for something new and original, not
>> just on a Tom Petty song but on everything it does.)
>> I know we all want the audience to hear how creative and brilliant  we can
>> be on the instrument, but sometimes it's just better to play the damn song
>> the way the composer wanted it played.  Certainly that's what the audience
>> wants from a cover song in the vast majority of cases.
>> Regards, RIchard Hunter
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