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Scott Johnson
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Aug 19, 2022
12:55 PM
Hi All,
I play harp on a Blackfoot song Train Train. In the original key, I use a G harp for the choo choo intro and an A harp for the rest of the song.

My new band tunes down 1/2 step. For that, I think I need a low F# and regular G#. Before I buy online, do those sound like the right harps? I'm concerned that I might one that's high, by mistake.
2320 posts
Aug 19, 2022
2:32 PM
Scott, you have it right!

If the band is tuned down 1/2 step and you usually would chug on G harp then you are correct that you would use a Low F# for that part.


There were two harp players at this gig, I was running sound and occasionally sitting in. The other singer/harp player was usually on stage.

The singer in the video called for a harp player to play on a C# song. The other player didn't have a harp to play it. I had a Low F#...

I seldom play or carry a high F# as they are so shrill. My cases always have a Low F# harp as my default, though I have a regular (high pitched) F# harp in my big case.

For the part you play on an A harp you would use an Ab (G#) harp if the band is tuned down 1/2 step. A regular Ab is low: 1/2 step below a regular A harp.

Doug S.

Last Edited by dougharps on Aug 19, 2022 2:48 PM
Scott Johnson
2 posts
Aug 20, 2022
5:33 AM
Thank you, sir!!

Fantastic job in the video!!!

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