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red_stag88
Newbie

Dec-2004
6 Posts.
 Second Harp?
Dec-06-04 7:26pm  

Hi there,

I have been playing the Harp for a while now, and can handle it ok. It takes me ages to learn a song (as I am not a musical person) The harp I have is in C. My question is, should I get another harp in another key? If so, what key?

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Ralpht
Gladiator


Feb-2004
229 Posts.
 Re: Second Harp?
Dec-06-04 7:52pm  [ re: red_stag88 ]

Yes i would suggest that you eventually get all the keys if you are serious about playing for a long time. If you play mainly blues you will probably want a D or A harp next,if you play straight harp more i would say maybe an A or G. A lot depends on what kind of music and whether or not you improvise or play from tabs.
Ralpht

[ Edited: Dec-06-04 1:53pm by Ralpht ]

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red_stag88
Newbie

Dec-2004
6 Posts.
 Re: Second Harp?
Dec-06-04 8:28pm  [ re: Ralpht ]

I'm not that good - so I mainly play from tabs.

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Ralpht
Gladiator


Feb-2004
229 Posts.
 Re: Second Harp?
Dec-06-04 8:55pm  [ re: red_stag88 ]

Hey me too! I have no ear and can't sing so i have to have tabs.Every once in awhile i'll get into some improv but not very often.
Ralph

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bear
Gladiator


Aug-2004
738 Posts.
 Re: Second Harp?
Dec-06-04 11:52pm  [ re: red_stag88 ]

red_stag88, I would think it all depends on if you ever plan on playing along with other instruments or if you just play for your own pleasure.

If you plan on ever (now or in the distant future) playing with others I would suggest getting a complete set. But if your like me and will never be good enough (due to a lack of musical talent) to play with others and only play for yourself the I would suggest you get no less then a C & G harps. (High pitched and low pitched). The D & A are also other good choices.

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spider
Gladiator


Mar-2004
457 Posts.
 Re: Second Harp?
Dec-07-04 11:36am  [ re: red_stag88 ]

yo bro iwas trying out tunes to james cotton and jimmy buffet for several weeks with only a C&g from there i went to A then D and so on, now i have a full set g,Ab,a,Bb,b,c,Db,d,F#,F,Eb,E other than songs based in majors or minors you will find whatever the song you have the key . and then it gets to be really a lot of fun. also the way i layed out the harps are in order of lowest G to highest in E

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drew

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ELMO
Gladiator


Jul-2004
176 Posts.
 Re: thanks to the bear!!!
Dec-07-04 4:34pm  [ re: red_stag88 ]

All my buddies above,Hve given some great advise. I also have a full set of harps,the entire major scale. How I acquired them was to set a goal and buy them once a month, 1 to two at a time, and before you know it, you got em'. It is accential to have them all if you are planning on playing with different records or musicians. With the major scale you have all the bases covered, no matter what key the song is in wheather it is a major key or minor key.
elmo

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LARRY MOORE

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vincent
Gladiator


May-2004
273 Posts.
 Re: thanks to the bear!!!
Dec-08-04 6:28am  [ re: ELMO ]

I was thinking that i would buy a harp MONTH .The problem is that i can't always find the great quality of harps

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DocMiller
Gladiator

Apr-2004
156 Posts.
 Re: Second Harp?
Dec-10-04 1:49am  [ re: red_stag88 ]

90% of the stuff I play is in E, A, or G. So if I'm packin' my A, D, and C harps, there's not a club I can't walk into and start jammin' right away.

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Doc

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dylan
Member

Oct-2004
26 Posts.
 Re: Second Harp?
Dec-15-04 12:30am  [ re: red_stag88 ]

dont worry too much about tabs, i avoid them like the plage, i just cant seem to get my head around the process of converting little arrows into a bodily function , thats why i dont read music .
but i can usually pick a melody up within seconds from audio. but by sight you still have to know the tune for the right timing to ocure, ive often wondered if this can be converted to other instruments (the fact that you have a good idea where to find the next note ) what do you think ?

im not one for giving advice usually but one thing that got me started learning to play (harp) was not putting the thing away,
i always had it at hand, every time i sat in my usual chair when i was a kid i had a little glass cabinet at arms lenghth where i used to keep a couple of harps i used to get one out and have a blow even if it was just one or two notes and after a while i had waltz in matilda under my belt.
i know that if i had to go and fetch them in my room my interest would have wayned pretty soon but the fact that i didnt have to move my lazy *** too far has stood me in good stead and given me years of enjoyment aswell. i play them every day and never put them in a draw . so if youre just starting out remember be a messy bastard like me and tell mom dylan said 'ill be a star if i dont put my instrument too far !!!!'

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