Transposing riffs or tunes to another octave.

  • It is a good exercise to transpose songs from one octave to another. It will make you more familiar with your Harmonica.
  • You will also find this technique useful when writing solos. If you are stuck for a new idea, you can transpose one of the riffs you are using up or down an octave.
  • Initially you may find this difficult to do by ear, but you can use Harping Midi to transpose melodies up or down as many octaves as can be reached on your harmonica.
  • Do this for as many songs as you can and after a while you will notice that you will be able to transpose songs by ear.

 


Amazing Grace

On the high Octave


Amazing Grace

Transposed down one Octave


Last of the Summer Wine

On the low Octave

Last of the Summer Wine

Transposed up one Octave

Notes:

If a song covers more than two octaves on your harp it cannot be transposed up or down (without the use of some poetic license)
If your song has a -6 or -5, these notes will transpose down to bent notes -3" and -2". It can be difficult to get bent notes to sound good in a straight melody. However, it is a good exercise to learn to play the same melody on different octaves. Keep trying to perfect your tone on those bent notes.