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Taking The Lead

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  • SugarHarp Says:

    How do you transpose to the key of the accompaning instrumemts or band. For instance: the band is playing in the key of Bb ( my favorite jazz key) what two harmonicas would I couple together?

  • bill Says:

    Hey Sugar Harp, I haven’t put the time in to fully answer your question, primarily because I play the lead and let the other musicians find the chords that support it. I can tell you this I was playing around with some of “Dire Straights” greatest hits a while ago and found that the B flat “C” combination works very well on a few of there songs. For example, On “California Dreaming” I just experimented till I found the combination that allowed me to play the entire melody; then the other musicians I used had no trouble adapting/supporting me. You should think of the diatonic harmonica in a whole way. It’s no longer a tool for embellishment, accent or break in harmonic leads. With this method you’re holding the whole melody, supporting it with harmony (if you choose) and then using new chord options. It’s an instrument with new dynamic capabilities! You’ll find that the coupled diatonic even exceeds the chromatic in many respects. Thanks for your interest and comment. Bill

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