What key should my second harmonica be?
On a C tuned harp, second position would be in G. This is the most commonly used position for playing blues, rock and country. This position consists of mostly draw notes on the low end of the harmonica (holes 1 through 5) and it is important to master bending to play in this position.
Do harmonicas come in minor keys?
Diatonic Richter harmonicas usually are tuned in Major keys. This is why many players use diatonics that are tuned in Minor keys if they like to play Minor sounding melodies or for improvising a Minor Blues solo. With regard to intervals, the words major and minor mean large and small.
Can you play minor on a harmonica?
While you can buy harmonicas tuned to minor keys, most harmonica players play in minor keys by playing a standard major-key harp and choosing one of its scales that has a minor third degree. This means, for instance, playing a C-harp in D minor, A minor, or E minor.
What harmonica goes with a minor?
If the tune is in a minor key, choose a key of harmonica that’s in third or fourth position (or maybe fifth position) relative to the key of the tune.
What are positions on a harmonica?
- 1st position (or “straight harp”): Ionian mode. Playing the harmonica as it was intended, in its main major key.
- 2nd position (or “cross harp”): Mixolydian mode. Playing the harmonica in a key a fourth below its intended key.
- 3rd position (or “double cross harp” or “slant harp”): Dorian mode.
Can harmonicas play chords?
Since the number of actual chords that can be played on a diatonic harmonica is very limited, harmonica players usually play chords as arpeggios. Harmonica players play arpeggios as substitutes for chords that are impossible to play on the diatonic harmonica they’re using.
What is the lowest key on a harmonica?
So, in order of pitch, from highest to lowest, the keys look like this: Low F#, Low F, Low Eb, Low D, Low Db, Low C, Low B, Low Bb, Low A, Low Ab, Low G, Low Low F. It’s worth noting that the lower the pitch of the harmonica, the harder it is to bend notes effectively.