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What Harp to Play With Buddy's Band?
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Apr 14, 2018
10:36 AM
Hi, new guy here.

Background: In January I got a wild hair and decided to take up the harmonica. I'm 57 with no musical background other than two years of piano lessons as a child that didn't stick.

I've worked my way through JP Allen's online beginner course and started his blues course. I'm enjoying myself so far.

Anyway, a buddy of mine has a local cover band and he wants me to play with them. (Holy crap) He wants me to (eventually) play the harmonica solo from The Doobie Brothers Long Train Running. (HOLY CRAP)

He said they play LTR in G, and I looked up a chart and it said I should use a C harp. Then he said that they tune down half a step, so their G is really F sharp. The chart says for F sharp I need a B.

Which? What? Huh?

490 posts
Apr 14, 2018
5:11 PM
yep for F#(in second position) use a B harp.
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Apr 14, 2018
8:33 PM
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Apr 15, 2018
4:01 AM
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Apr 15, 2018
4:17 AM
Kind of an odd way to tell you what key they are in , but I have read of others describing their tunings much the same.
...I think it was in the Charlie McCoy book where he asks if someone could play the tune a step higher, so standing by the risers the person thereafter stood up one step on the risers....
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Jan 25, 2021
10:54 PM
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