I recently recorded a version of Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love" with my band. Playing the signature riff can be a tricky puzzle to figure out, because it uses the flat 3rd... readily available on the I chord, but not there for the IV (unless you want to jump up to the high end, which might sound out of place).
Some people overblow it (Adam), and some people might substitute the major 3rd. There are other positions to explore, but they all have limitations. My approach here was to play the major 3rd and then digitally adjust it in a DAW.
I think I like best the idea of playing a complementary line. Maybe just hitting the first few notes of the riff, and then backing off, over the IV.
Switching harps would be too quick, and it happens too often for this to be feasible. I could see a specially tuned harp, but I tend to avoid tuning a harp just for ONE song. ---------- Marc Graci YouTube Channel
I like the third position solution. I think harp switching will work but you need a mike stand. You can get Clapton's vibrato on that one note would sound cool. I don't like the harp distorted I think a natural good tone would work nicely. ----------
Thanks... 3rd position would work for the riff, definitely. It would alter some of the octaves I use toward the end of each verse, though.
Adam, you still like the overblow? You must really like the character and tone of that overblown note. I can't think of another reason to prefer an overblown flat 3rd, over the pitch adjusted flat 3rd. (In a recorded setting.) ---------- Marc Graci YouTube Channel