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Cross Key Playing for Harmonica

Cross Key Playing

  • This simply means playing your Harmonica in a different key than it was designed for.

  • Blues on Harmonica, is most commonly played in second position.

  • This means that you will play your "C" Harmonica in the key of  "G".



Harmonica Key Change Table

Harmonica 1st Position 2nd Position 3rd Position

Straight Harp

Commonly used for simple melodies and a folk-rock style. Your basic starting and/or ending place would be hole 4 blow.

Cross Harp.

The most common position for blues, country, and rock. Your basic starting and/or ending place (point of resolution) would be hole 2 draw.

Third position

Great for songs in minor keys and minor blues. Your basic starting and/or ending place (point of resolution) would be hole 4 draw.

If the song is in the you could play a harmonica in second position, or you could play a harmonica in third position.

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