[Harp-L] country scale questions

Michael Rubin michaelrubinharmonica@xxxxx
Tue May 8 14:00:11 EDT 2018

This is more often called the major pentatonic scale, since it has five
distinct notes, G A B D E.

Since we are in second position the scale is in the key if G on a C harp.
But your tab begins on 1 draw, which is D.

That’s because 1 draw D is the lowest note that is on your C harp that is
within the scale. It sounds great when improvising in a song in G major and
it doesn’t have to be country music. It can even soubd good in a blues song
when combined with bluesier scales

However to truly hear what this scale sounds like you should practice
beginning on 2 draw and go up to 6 blow and back to 2 draw.

Then you could do a second octave 6 blow, 6 draw, 7 draw, 8 draw, 8 blow 9

Then you could keep going higher to 10 draw and 10 blow single bend.

Personally I practice from 2 draw, ascend to 10 blow single bend, descend
to one draw and finally ascend to 2 draw.

This scale is essentially the G major scale

G A B C D E F# G

Without the C and the F#.

In scale numbers it is 1 2 3 5 6 8

Michael Rubin

On Tue, May 8, 2018 at 11:10 AM, ian osborn via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx>

> hey all...
> just learning about the country scale, and want to make sure I have it
> accurately...
> -play it in 2nd position-it is 1 draw, 2 blow, 2 draw, 3 draw full step, 3
> draw, 4 draw, 5 blow, 6 blow
> and how does it relate to scales?? in other words, is it based on a
> particular musical scale??
> thanks!!
> Ian

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