[Harp-L] Stevie Wonder FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE

Michael Peloquin peloquinharp@xxxxx
Sun Sep 20 12:35:03 EDT 2020

The only real rules in music are: does it move the listener. (for lack of a better term: does it sound good?) Many rules/laws were made long ago and subsequently amended, relaxed and changed over time - thankfully for all things jazz, pop, blues, rock and societal.

I was told once that there is no such thing as a minor six chord because chords are built in thirds - e.g. Cm6
It would technically be a minor 7b5 (half-diminished) chord with the 3rd in the bass — Am7b5/C

BS I say - technical nonsense that gets in the way of true understanding of functionality.

trills, mordents, turns are all executable diatonically or chromatically IMHO — just like most everything in music

For Once In My Life is harmonica and pop music mastery - the modulation was there for pop interest purposes and also to accommodate Stevie's chromatic solo - I am sure he could have played a great solo in the key of F, but it was so much better and more Stevie-ish in F#.

My vote is that standard 1/2 step slide movement occurred on this tune.

I hope that we can agree that listeners don't hear our theoretical geek talk.

Michael Peloquin

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From: Harp-L <harp-l-bounces at xxxxx> on behalf of George Miklas <harmonicat at xxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2020 7:23 AM
To: Michael Rubin <michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx>
Cc: harp-l harp-l <harp-l at xxxxx>; Robert Hale <ynfdwas at xxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Stevie Wonder FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE

George Miklas
10:22 AM (0 minutes ago)
to Michael
Michael and others... RE: trills,  namely, Baroque trills in the
traditional sense.

Lets set some ground rules.....
1.) a trill is diatonic
2.) trills are approached from above the note - this creates the musical
effect of "dissonance and consonance" or "dissonance and release."
3.) there are both whole and half steps in all diatonic scales.

So in the key of C...
C trill will be a whole step (trill starts on D)
D trill will be a whole step (trill starts on E)
E trill will be a half step (trill starts on F)
F trill will be a whole step (trill starts on G)
G trill will be a whole step (trill starts on A)
A trill will be a whole step (trill starts on B)
B trill will be a half step  (trill starts on C)

The slide on a slide chromatic acts to raise all pitches 1/2 step.
Most "button crazy" chromatic harmonica players call "randomly pushing the
button rapidly" a "trill" when 5/7 of the time, it is not a "trill," but
instead it is "randomly pushing the button rapidly."

Does that make sense?
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On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 9:54 AM Michael Rubin <
michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx> wrote:

> Not 4 and 5 draw, I meant 3nad 4 draw.  No coffee yet.
> On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 8:52 AM Michael Rubin <
> michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx> wrote:
> > It's cool with me to call something a half step trill, but isn't a whole
> > step distance implied within the word trill?  As far as I know you can
> only
> > trill by shaking between 4 and 5 draw (and their higher octave repeats)
> on
> > a chrome and 6 and 7 draw on a diatonic.  "Trilling" a half step isn't
> > really trilling, it's something else.  I call moving between 2 notes
> > rapidly by repeatedly pushing the button in and out a "flourish", but
> > that's my own term and has no basis in classical music terminology.
> >
> > On Sat, Sep 19, 2020 at 8:40 AM Slim Heilpern <slim at xxxxx> wrote:
> >
> >> I know this solo well, not sure what trill you're talking about. The
> solo
> >> is definitely in F#, lays out perfectly in that key, no whole step
> trills.
> >> There is definitely a half step G to G# trill.
> >>
> >> - Slim
> >>
> >>
> >> > On Sep 19, 2020, at 3:31 AM, Robert Hale <ynfdwas at xxxxx> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > Stevie Wonder FOR ONCE IN MY LIFE many pros play it and tab it as a
> >> > half-step slide, but I hear a whole step trill.
> >> > Slowing it down and isolating it, I am sure of it.
> >> > The recording is in F#, but that whole step trill can only occur
> between
> >> > Draw holes 3 and 4, putting it in the Key of G, or G# with slide in.
> >> > What's your call?
> >> >
> >> > Thank you, from Mesa, Arizona USA
> >> >
> >> > Robert Hale
> >> > RobertHaleMusic.com
> >> > Robert at xxxxx
> >> > 480-720-8897
> >>
> >>

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