What is slant harp?


Nick Saunders   |   Member since 2016  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

3rd position (or "double cross harp " or " slant harp "): Dorian mode. Playing the harmonica a full tone above its intended key. This gives a dorian scale between 4 draw and 8 draw, though once again bends and overblows give players a variety of options. Blues players can achieve a tritone by bending the 6 draw.

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Daniel Kelly   |   Member since 2020  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

In respect to this, what is first and second position harmonica?

1st position just means playing in the key that the harmonica comes in. So, if you have an A harmonica you will be playing in the key of A. The root note will be the 1 blow, 4 blow, 7 blow and 10 blow. 2nd position (Cross Harp ) Traditionally, a lot of blues is played in 2nd position.

Also Know, what is 3rd position harmonica? Third position uses a harmonica a key below the key of the tune (so a D harmonica for blues in E, an G harmonica for blues in A etc).


Liv Casey   |   Member since 2005  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

Additionally, what is the difference between a harmonica and a blues harp?

Blues harp is just another name for diatonic (i.e. in one key) harmonica. Usually (but not always) ten-hole, twenty-reed, Richter-tuned, diatonic harmonicas. The term harmonica also applies to other harmonicas, such as chromatic, tremolo and octave harmonicas.


Janice Walsh   |   Member since 2010  |  10+ Answers Submitted  |  ✔ Verified

What is cross harp position?

Also known as “second position playing, ” cross harp is a system that originated with the blues and that has expanded into other genres. Cross harp is a system where a diatonic harmonica tuned to a key a fourth (five half steps) higher than the song's key is used.


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Sylvia Campbell   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

What is the lowest harmonica key?

Many classic blues harmonica cuts are recorded in those keys. The next three keys you get should be G, B-flat, and E-flat. G is the lowest standard harp; except for Dennis Gruenling, almost no harp players record on the low F, low E-flat, and low D harps.


Cameron Clark   |   Member since 2020  |  ✔ Verified

What key is blues harmonica?

It's best to get a harmonica tuned to the key of C if you're just starting out. You'll be able to play up to 3 octaves on a C major scale. Many of the songs you will learn are also tuned to the key of C. Most blues harmonicas are played in what's called a "second position" or also known as a "cross harp".


John Richards   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

What is second position?

a position in which the feet are spread apart and are at right angles to the direction of the body, the toes pointing out.


Henry Morgan   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

What key harmonica goes with guitar?

The diatonic harmonica is made to play in one key and is easier to learn but you will need to buy more than one. The guitar's natural key is E; so buying a diatonic harmonica in the key of E major would be ideal. The other diatonic harmonicas you should aim to add to your collection is G major and C major.


Alessia Stone   |   Member since 2011  |  ✔ Verified

What is a major diatonic harmonica?

The major diatonic harmonica is the most commonly used tuning for playing blues, rock, country folk & Jazz. Major diatonic Harps are produced by several manufacturers using various names such as blues harp, Marine Band, Golden melody, big River, special 20, Pro harp, folk master, star performer, etc.


Phillip Bailey   |   Member since 2015  |  ✔ Verified

How do you bend on a harmonica?

Harmonica/BendingDraw: This can be done by lowering the jaw, while raising the back of the tongue, focusing the air flow at the back of the tongue. Blow: This is done by lowering the jaw, while raising the front of the tongue slightly, focusing the air flow at just slightly behind the teeth.


Rosalee White   |   Member since 2012  |  ✔ Verified

Where are the notes on a harmonica?

In the diagram blow means the note when blowing into a hole, draw means the note when breathing in. This note layout is called the “Richter tuning”, is used for most harmonicas and is shown below. Look at holes 4 to 7. The notes from these holes are C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C, which make up a C major scale.


Noah Lane   |   Member since 2019  |  ✔ Verified

What does diatonic harmonica mean?

Strictly speaking, diatonic denotes any harmonica designed to play in a single key—though the standard Richter-tuned harmonica diatonic can play other keys by forcing its reeds to play tones that are not part of its basic scale.


Daria Dickson   |   Member since 2005  |  ✔ Verified

What is the difference between a diatonic and chromatic harmonica?

There are two main categories of harmonicas: Diatonic – which only contains the notes of a specific scale and are mainly used in Blues, Rock, Country and Pop music. Chromatic – which can play all notes in the chromatic scale and are mainly used in Jazz and Classical music.


Goldie Lyon   |   Member since 2018  |  ✔ Verified

What are harmonica positions?

Playing music in the key labeled on the harmonica is called Straight Harp or First Position. Some other common playing positions are: Cross Harp or Second Position (playing in the key of G on a C harp), Third Position (playing in the key of D on a C harp), Fourth Position (playing in the key of A on a C harp).


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