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MajorDude
7 posts
Jul 28, 2020
6:23 AM
AS long as I’ve played harp “cross harp” was the four chord. But in several position charts I’ve seen cross harp is the five chord. any help understanding the difference is greatly appreciated.
GamblersHand
717 posts
Jul 28, 2020
7:06 AM
The crossharp key is the 5th of the key that's labelled on the harp.
e.g. you play G on a C harp. G is the 5th note of the C scale

Conversely, the labelled harp key is the 4th of the key that you're playing when playing cross.
So again when playing G on a C harp, C is the 4th of the G scale.
SuperBee
6777 posts
Jul 28, 2020
8:29 AM
Yeah,exactly, so if the band is in G, the IV chord is C, and that's correct; if you want to play cross, you use the C harp.
But if you have a C harp, the 5th degree of the C major scale is G, and that's the key in which the harp plays when you cross it.
Gnarly
2859 posts
Jul 28, 2020
1:18 PM
4+5=8
And that's because you counted 1 twice.
SuperBee
6778 posts
Jul 28, 2020
5:03 PM
C D E F G
G A B C

Bb C D Eb F
F G A Bb

G A B C D
D E F# G

1 2 3 4 5
5 6 7 1

Last Edited by SuperBee on Jul 28, 2020 5:08 PM
MajorDude
8 posts
Aug 02, 2020
3:03 AM
Thanks guys!!!!
Gnarly
2867 posts
Aug 02, 2020
6:29 PM
For me, one of the big downfalls of the standard tuning is the absence of the “other chord”.
But we do the best we can, a second harp in an adjacent key will give it to you, like Superbee implies.
Then the problem is the voicing, but it can be done

Last Edited by Gnarly on Aug 02, 2020 6:32 PM


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