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6217 posts
Oct 21, 2019
11:23 PM
This is a good practice exercise. It’s just an inverted pentatonic major scale. The real focus is on hearing and particularly hearing the bent notes.
For best results, you’ll need 3 harps. G, C and A is probably the best set to use, because they are relatively common.
If you use the suggested 3 harps, the exercise is this:

G harp: 2 3” +4 4 +5 4 +4

C harp: 1 +2 2 3” 3 3” 2

A harp: 2” 2 3’ +4 4 +4 3’

You could also add a D harp and play +1 1 2” 2 3” 2 2”.

A pentatonic major scale uses the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th notes of the Major scale.
In this case I’m talking about a scale in the key of G major. The scale is G A B C D E F# G

The pentatonic major scale derived from this is G A B D E

The notes played in the exercise are D E G A B A G. It’s all the notes in the G pentatonic major, but it is not just in the straight order of 1 2 3 5 6. It’s 5 6 1 2 3 2 1.
So it resolves on the G and you should be able to hear how that sounds ‘right’
6218 posts
Oct 22, 2019
3:07 AM
I've just been giving this one a whirl, and i added the D harp, so i played the same scale, same notes, on 4 different keys of harp. thats 1st, 2nd, 11th, and 12th positions.

i can probably find some more exercises to share if theres interest?
451 posts
Oct 22, 2019
7:32 AM
I would be interested. I've worked yours from earlier posts and used them as models to come up with some of my own. Quite helpful. thanks.
Phil Pennington
6220 posts
Oct 23, 2019
2:02 AM
This one is a pentatonic minor idea

the harp line is this

2" 2 3' +4 4 5 4 +4 3'

play it, then sing it, repeat ad nauseum

pentatonic minor is the 1 (or tonic), flat (or minor) 3rd, 4th, 5th and flat (aka dominant) 7th

this line is b7th 1 b3rd 4th 5th b7th 5th 4th b3rd
10 posts
Oct 24, 2019
6:21 AM
Good to follow along and makes good practice.
48 posts
Oct 26, 2019
3:33 PM
I’m interested as well.
6228 posts
Oct 26, 2019
9:17 PM
I’ve got some scales stuff. I’ll put up in a new thread

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