The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #60420   Message #966784
Posted By: Vixen
13-Jun-03 - 11:20 AM
Thread Name: Harmonica Question
Subject: Harmonica Question

I could swear that I asked this question here before, but I can't find it and I don't remember the answer (I guess I really am gettin' old....)

Anyway, here 'tis, and I'll print it out and save it this time, I promise!

We were playing Amazing Grace with the Harpos last night, in C. My dad had to play it on a G harp to be in the key of C, using the blow/draw notation I used to translate the notes from how I play it on the pennywhistle. His buddies were adamant that he shouldn't play it on his G harp, because he'd be in the wrong key, but in the event, as I knew would be the case, to play it in C, he's got to use his G harp. If he used his C harp, using my melody notation, he'd have been playing in F.

SOOOOO...what the heck is going on? Somebody, somewhere (I thought it was here) said that he's got to play in some other position to do that. There's no real problem, now that his pals know that he's got to use G to play C (there are a few other tunes that we've found this discrepancy with, all of which I notated for him from playing my pennywhistle).

Any insight will be most appreciated!