[Harp-L] 4th position
Thu Oct 25 15:10:06 EDT 2018
When I studied briefly with Howard Levy in the 80's, he was teaching the
standard "Autumn Leaves" in 4th. And also "Summertime". When I worked in
bands, I did "Moondance" and "Work Song" in 4th. I always thought "Take 5"
was very workable in that position also.
At the SPAH blues jams, I usually use a G harp in the key of E several
times during an evening for regular non-minor blues tunes. Or a low F harp
in D, a low Eb harp for C, and an Ab harp for F. Over the years I've had
Jimi Lee, Mark Hummel, and I think a young kid who might have been Conor
from our list asking about it. I find a lot of my cross harp riffs and 3rd
position riffs transcribe over to 4th pretty easily. Again, in my opinion,
4th is the most underused practical blues position out there.
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