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Martin
1614 posts
Nov 22, 2019
7:19 AM
I´m at a mental standstill, really annoying. I need to throw in an instrumental at an upcoming gig. Preferably a recognisable tune, and not to complicated: there is *no time for rehearsal*.
I had thought about "Over the rainbow" but then maybe, that one would have required some time to work on.

Pop tune, jazz tune, whatever! Not just a 12 bar blues.
Mirco
629 posts
Nov 22, 2019
9:10 AM
As a blues tune, "Walter's Boogie." The harmonica is rhythmic and driving.
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LFLISBOA
59 posts
Nov 22, 2019
9:54 AM
It's hard to say without know your skills or of your partner. Brandon Bailey recorded some instrumentals with just harmonica and beatbox. Madcat has some material with "Madcat and Ruth". I think it's easier you take some material that's familiar with you (even if you never played it) and then try out.
Martin
1615 posts
Nov 22, 2019
10:09 AM
Thanks guys, here I was kinda thinking of wandering off the blues path -- thereby making my request a bit OT and I apologize for that -- and hitting upon some song that people know and that lends itself to an unrehearsed performance, while still being a bit surprising. (My guitar partner is skilled; I´ve myself been playing for quite a while and I think I can get around most of the stuff that is thrown before me.)

I´m thinking something along what Kim W did w/ the T-birds, "Cherry pink and apple blossom white" -- but not that one! And not "Tequila". Not swinging but more ... beautiful.

Haha, no easy request this, I know.

Last Edited by Martin on Nov 22, 2019 10:10 AM
dougharps
2035 posts
Nov 22, 2019
10:31 AM
You posted, "... a recognizable tune, and not too complicated: there is *no time for rehearsal*" and also, "Pop tune, jazz tune, whatever! Not just a 12 bar blues."

The first tune that came to mind that met your criteria was, "You Are My Sunshine".

2nd position:



Of course, it is easier in 1st position...

and then Alex Paclin offers some different song ideas you might consider:


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jbone
3061 posts
Nov 22, 2019
2:31 PM
Mellow Down Easy. Sad Hours. 23 Hours Too Long.
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garry
766 posts
Nov 22, 2019
9:01 PM
I do this one sometimes at jams. It's a great tune, everyone recognizes it, nobody expects it (I like the surprise factor). It's pretty easy if you're good in 1st position, and a good way to get good if you aren't. I jazz it up a little at the end.



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Martin
1616 posts
Nov 23, 2019
7:15 AM
Thank you, Garry -- a hymn. I was thinking a little along that path, since I have a church organ sound at my disposal.

@Dougharps: "You re my sunshine" ... with increasingly elaborated improvisations -- not a bad idea!

@jbone: "a bit off the blues path" -- but otherwise "Sad hours" isn´t a bad choice. (The other tunes you mention seems to me to require vocals.)
Grey Owl
1012 posts
Nov 23, 2019
9:54 AM
Fleetwood Mac's Albatross is a good one. I have played it live before. Straightforward guitar and harp in A. I have it on YouTube with tab and Hakan does a nice version venturing into the upper octave.

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Martin
1617 posts
Nov 23, 2019
10:25 AM
@Good call, Grey Owl! I have played it many times and it´s recognizable and catchy -- and simple.
jbone
3062 posts
Nov 23, 2019
1:52 PM
Martin- what is a harp part other than an emulation of vocals?
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Martin
1618 posts
Nov 23, 2019
6:23 PM
@Jbone: It can be an emulation of many things. At this point, since we're not a blues duo, I wanted something a little bit outside of that territory. Perhaps bluesy but not blues.
jbone
3063 posts
Nov 23, 2019
9:22 PM
Good luck.
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Dragonbreath
106 posts
Nov 25, 2019
5:38 AM
Kingley
4150 posts
Nov 25, 2019
6:08 AM
I really don't see the struggle here Martin. Just play any popular song (doesn't matter if it's an instrumental originally or not) that you know and can play well. If you can play something approximating the vocal line of a well known song and do it reasonably well. Then people will likely enjoy it. Doesn't matter if it's blues, pop, folk, country, or any other genre for that matter. Any song will do.
Look on YouTube for ideas of songs to do and how to approach them on harp. Just search for Christelle Berthon, Kirk Johnson, Charlie McCoy, Rob Paparozzi, JJ Milteau, etc and you'll be spoilt for choice.
Littoral
1710 posts
Nov 25, 2019
6:27 AM
Work Song maybe?
Martin
1619 posts
Nov 25, 2019
6:39 AM
@Kingley: As I said, I was at something of a standstill. No struggle, but it was no time for rehearsal, so it had to be something that would work right off the bat.
As it now happened (gig was yesterday), a lady stepped forward and asked for "Oh darling", the Beatles tune from Abbey Road, since I had played that one at a gig many years ago and it had made an impression.
It worked fine, simple chords and the tune sits perfectly in 1 position; also 50 yrs since Abbey Road & all that.

@Littoral: Yeah, that´s a good one! Quite possible for our next gig.

Thank you all for ideas!

Last Edited by Martin on Nov 25, 2019 6:41 AM
BnT
254 posts
Nov 26, 2019
12:22 AM
Here's a link to West Weston doing a blues vocal (She's a Killer), then taking it into an instrumental of Duke Ellington's, "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" - https://youtu.be/QCehVvjTdu0


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jbone
3065 posts
Nov 26, 2019
4:38 AM
Christmas songs. Cartoon or movie themes. What have you heard a million times?
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