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Two different key harps - Amazing Grace?
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Mikey Mouse
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Jul 16, 2021
7:35 AM
Hello folks, I am a novice here but I had a quick question. In this rendition of Amazing Grace, the harmonica player (3:22) seems to switch harps halfway through the solo (G and D harps maybe?). Can anybody explain what harps he is using and how these different keys work with the song? Is it one harp in the key, then cross harp? Any thoughts or suggestions would be appreciated!

Thank you for your time,

Mikey Mouse

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIS0shC8u5I
jbone
3362 posts
Jul 16, 2021
1:47 PM
If a song is played a certain way, the root key changes. Modulation. When this happens, often a harmonica player will need to change harps to match. Unless you're like Howard Levy, who plays every root key on a C harmonica!
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jbone
3363 posts
Jul 16, 2021
1:48 PM
And Mikey, welcome to this place. good bunch here.
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Raven
200 posts
Jul 17, 2021
1:14 PM
He is obviously shuttling between two harps in the key of G.
Gerry
118 posts
Jul 19, 2021
8:24 AM
I'm no expert but it sounds like the first half is all "chuggy" so perhaps cross harp and the second half is at the high end, so perhaps first position.
C harp cross, G harp straight?


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