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TABS - Scales in all 12 keys
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Todd Parrott
630 posts
Aug 16, 2011
6:15 PM
Here are the tabs I handed out in my overblow seminar. I've never written tabs out very much, so I chose asterisks to indicate the number of semitone (half step) bends. Sorry if this isn't the best method, but it's the best I could do. Only 3 major scales were played in 2 octaves because of their range.


Major Scales - C Diatonic

* = # of semi-tone bends

C Major, 1st Octave:
1B - 1D - 2B - 2D** - 2D - 3D** - 3D - 4B

G Major:
2D - 3D** - 3D - 4B - 4D - 5B - 5OB - 6B

D Major, 1st Octave:
1D - 2B - 2D* - 2D - 3D** - 3D - 4D* - 4D

D Major, 2nd Octave:
4D – 5B – 5OB – 6B – 6D – 7D – 7OD – 8D

A Major:
3D** - 3 - 4D* - 4D - 5B - 5OB - 6D* - 6D

E Major:
2B - 2D* - 3D*** - 3D** - 3D - 4D* - 4OB - 5B

B Major:
3D - 4D* - 4OB - 5B - 5OB - 6D* - 6OB - 7D

F# Major:
2D* - 3D*** - 3D* - 3D - 4D* - 4OB - 5D - 5OB

C# Major, 1st Octave:
1D* - 1OB - 2D** - 2D* - 3D*** - 3D* - 4B - 4D*

C# Major, 2nd Octave:
4D* - 4OB - 5D - 5OB - 6D* - 6OB - 7B - 7OD

Ab Major:
3D*** - 3D* - 4B - 4D* - 4OB - 5D - 6B - 6D*

Eb Major, 1st Octave:
1OB - 2D** - 2D - 3D*** - 3D* - 4B - 4D - 4OB

Eb Major, 2nd Octave:
4OB - 5D - 6B - 6D* - 6OB - 7B - 8D - 8B*

Bb Major:
3D* - 4B - 4D - 4OB - 5D - 6B - 6D - 6OB

F Major:
2D** - 2D - 3D** - 3D* - 4B - 4D - 5B - 5D


Blues Scales - C Diatonic

* = # of semi-tone bends

C Blues, 1st Octave:
4B - 4OB - 5D - 5OB - 6B - 6OB - 7B

C Blues, 2nd Octave:
7B - 8B* - 9D - 9B* - 9B - 10B** - 10B

G Blues, 1st Octave:
2D - 3D* - 4B - 4D* - 4D - 5D- 6B

G Blues, 2nd Octave:
6B - 6OB - 7B - 7OD - 8D - 9D - 9B

D Blues, 1st Octave:
1D - 2D** - 2D - 3D*** - 3** - 4B - 4D

D Blues, 2nd Octave:
4D - 5D - 6B - 6D* - 6D - 7B - 8D

A Blues, 1st Octave:
3D** - 4B - 4D - 4OB - 5B - 6B - 6D

A Blues, 2nd Octave:
6D - 7B - 8D - 8B* - 8B - 9B - 10D

E Blues, 1st Octave:
2B - 2D - 3D** - 3D* - 3D - 4D - 5B

E Blues, 2nd Octave:
5B - 6B - 6D - 6OB - 7D - 8D - 8B

B Blues, 1st Octave:
3D - 4D - 5B - 5D - 5OB - 6D - 7D

B Blues, 2nd Octave:
7D - 8D - 8B - 9D - 9B* - 10D - 10B*

F# Blues, 1st Octave:
2D* - 3D** - 3D - 4B - 4D* - 5B - 5OB

F# Blues, 2nd Octave:
5OB - 6D - 7D - 7B - 7OD - 8B - 9B*

C# Blues, 1st Octave:
1D* - 2B - 2D* - 2D - 3D*** - 3D - 4D*

C# Blues, 2nd Octave:
4D* - 5B - 5OB - 6B - 6D* - 7D - 7OD

Ab Blues, 1st Octave:
3D*** - 3D - 4D* - 4D - 4OB - 5OB - 6D*

Ab Blues, 2nd Octave:
6D* - 7D - 7OD - 8D - 8B* - 9B* - 9OD

Eb Blues, 1st Octave:
1OB - 2D* - 3D*** - 3D** - 3D* - 4D* - 4OB

Eb Blues, 2nd Octave:
4OB - 5OB - 6D* - 6D - 6OB - 7OD - 8B*

Bb Blues, 1st Octave:
3D* - 4D* - 4OB - 5B - 5D - 6D* - 6OB

Bb Blues, 2nd Octave:
6OB - 7OD - 8B* - 8B - 9D - 9OD - 10B**

F Blues, 1st Octave:
2D** - 3D*** - 3D* - 3D - 4B - 4OB - 5D

F Blues, 2nd Octave:
5D - 6D* - 6OB - 7D - 7B - 8B* - 9D

Last Edited by on Aug 17, 2011 12:00 PM
KingoBad
829 posts
Aug 16, 2011
6:22 PM
That is awesome Todd! Thanks.

I hate tabs too, but this is just plain helpful...

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Danny

Last Edited by on Aug 16, 2011 6:33 PM
HarmonicaMick
284 posts
Aug 16, 2011
6:24 PM
Thank you for taking the time to do that, Todd.
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Rick Shanks
68 posts
Aug 16, 2011
7:15 PM
Excellent Todd :) Thanks
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KiwiRick
Todd Parrott
634 posts
Aug 16, 2011
8:11 PM
Special thanks to REM for taking time to proofread these and make a few corrections! I typed these in the middle of the night at SPAH and had a few typos.

Thank you REM!
Dog Face
144 posts
Aug 16, 2011
9:20 PM
Many thanks Todd!
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Brad
Diggsblues
931 posts
Aug 16, 2011
11:30 PM
Wow Todd that's a lot of scales. Will get into it as soon as I get back into my practice schedule.

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Emile "Diggs" D'Amico a Legend In His Own Mind
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Tuckster
865 posts
Aug 17, 2011
10:24 AM
One of the highlights of SPAH was hearing Todd run through 8 (12?) scales on 1 harp when I went outside for a smoke. He did it with such ease and fluidity. Freaking impressive as hell. Todd, your the man!
Diggsblues
942 posts
Aug 22, 2011
7:14 PM
Made it in all major keys in at least one octave today!

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Emile "Diggs" D'Amico a Legend In His Own Mind
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Todd Parrott
649 posts
Aug 22, 2011
7:26 PM
Awesome! I hope the CD is of some help in working through those positions and scales, and I hope the piano tracks help too.
Diggsblues
944 posts
Aug 23, 2011
3:58 AM
Yeah CD works great Todd. Done the right way with harp and piano.
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Emile "Diggs" D'Amico a Legend In His Own Mind
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Michael Rubin
229 posts
Aug 23, 2011
6:14 AM
One of my earlier incompleted projects was The Harmonica Sutra, a book of what I consider around 14 important scales for music other than jazz or classical, with tab for all 12 positions on a diatonic. It was huge. Then I found that overblow.com had done it better so I abandoned the project. Which is not to say that what Todd has done is not helpful.

But what I really what to suggest is that the person this has been the most helpful for is Todd. By writing The Harmonica Sutra, I clarified so many things for myself. I recommend everyone interested in this write out their own tab and play it.
Todd Parrott
650 posts
Aug 23, 2011
7:43 AM
Yes, overblow.com has done a great job with scales and things. My goal was to produce something for my seminar with a little more volume, and with a piano track as well, as intonation seems to be the biggest challenge with overblow playing.

Tinus did a very smooth job with playing these scales as well, especially when required to hit the 1 overblow. I'd be curious to find out how tight he gapped the harp to be able to accomplish this so smoothly.
MrVerylongusername
1884 posts
Aug 23, 2011
7:47 AM
Hi Todd, thanks for the tabs (and thanks to REM too) Any chance you could upload those CD tracks anywhere like dropbox or rapidshare - for those of us who didn't get to your seminar?
mr_so&so
455 posts
Aug 23, 2011
9:58 AM
Check my profile info for a link to PDF with all those tabs done up in nice tables. I did this some time ago when I was boning up on my music theory.

If you want major and blues scales pulled out of the chromatic scale, there is an older version of the tables I mentioned above on Adam's TradeBit site as a free download.
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Last Edited by on Aug 23, 2011 10:02 AM
Todd Parrott
652 posts
Aug 23, 2011
6:30 PM
@MrVerylongusername - I just created an account and added them to Dropbox today... still trying to figure out how it works.
MrVerylongusername
1887 posts
Aug 24, 2011
7:52 AM
Great! thanks

If you haven't figure it out yet...

1) put the files in the "Public" folder inside your "My Dropbox" folder on your hard drive. (Drop box menubar icon --> right click --> open dropbox folder gets you there quick)

2) right click on each file you want to share --> Dropdox --> copy public link.

3)Paste the links into a forum post. i.e.
<a href="paste the link between the quotes" target="_blank">good practice to paste the link here too</a>

Might be easier to bundle everything into a zip file if there are lots of files, then you only need to post one link.

Thanks again - looking forward to the files!
Todd Parrott
654 posts
Aug 24, 2011
8:51 AM
Hope this works - there are 79 files, and the intro track asks that these files not be shared on the Internet. I guess I'm allowed to override my own rules though. :)

Harmonica Scales in 12 Keys

Note: I didn't use a custom harp to record these files, because I wanted to produce a result closer to what one could expect from a standard harp. I did do some embossing however. I wasn't as concerned about perfect intonation as I was about producing a louder audio example of the harmonica playing through the scales. (This was recorded using a Neumann TLM-103 Condenser and an Avalon vt737sp preamp.) For intonation practice, I added piano tracks.

This was also not intended to encourage or teach anyone to play in all 12 keys, but was offered as simply a practice exercise. I've found that using overblows to produce the scales in less common positions can strengthen one's overblow skills in general, making overblow usage in 2nd position seem less awkward.

Last Edited by on Aug 24, 2011 8:53 AM
MrVerylongusername
1888 posts
Aug 24, 2011
10:08 AM
Fantastic! - many thanks
Rick Shanks
87 posts
Aug 30, 2011
3:20 PM
Bump.
Big Thanks again to you Todd for doing/sharing this ... My discs arrived yesterday :)
To use your own words about others... "You are a 'super nice guy'."
Much respect.

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http://www.richardshanksart.com
Todd Parrott
668 posts
Aug 30, 2011
3:53 PM
Thanks very much, Rick! Yes, I sent you 2 CD's due to the wait. Feel free to share with anyone you wish. Hope it's a good practice aid for you.
Stevelegh
276 posts
Sep 03, 2011
6:42 AM
Awesome Todd. Thank you.
Todd Parrott
672 posts
Sep 03, 2011
8:59 AM
You're welcome - hope it helps!
Diggsblues
974 posts
Sep 03, 2011
1:49 PM
I'm through all of them at least in one octave.
I do major scales one practice blues scales another.
They get faster each time. Fortunately on a C harmonica
I just think notes not tabs. Almost like when I play a chromatic.
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Emile "Diggs" D'Amico a Legend In His Own Mind
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Matzen
246 posts
Sep 04, 2011
9:36 PM
Thanks!
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Todd Parrott
677 posts
Sep 05, 2011
6:10 PM
@Matzen - You are very welcome... hope it helps!

@Diggsblues - I don't think tabs either - I just use my ears. You are a great player man... you really impressed me at SPAH.
Diggsblues
980 posts
Sep 05, 2011
10:00 PM
@Todd same here been a fan since I saw your first youtubes. I hope my Chris Reynolds Combs get here soon so I can upgrade my golden melodies
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grahamonica
22 posts
Sep 07, 2011
11:51 AM
@Todd....Thank you very much.
This,ll keep me busy for years!
Todd Parrott
678 posts
Sep 08, 2011
10:32 AM
You are very welcome - glad to help!


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