I play in a weird tuning which I think may be open A flat to suit my voice.
My A harp works when I play blues starting at the third fret.
But I cant find a harp to work when I play starting from open position (open A flat I'm guessing?)
(basically it's open type D configuration of notes, but up a few semi tones etc)
So logically if an A harp works when I start playing blues on the third fret, you would think an G harp may work on the open position, but it doesn't.
I think if I may be possibly playing in A flat hence would I hence need a F sharp harp, which I don't have.
Does this make sense to anyone and can they advise, bearing in mind I don't know the actual tuning?
It's a head twisting riddle I know, can anyone help?
(other than get a tuner out an figure out what open tuning it is)
Thanks for any help I can get
John...Well not yet anyway ;>)
Good deal, Bug. I heard no complaints!
In the end I played open E and used a A harp.. and I think I got away with it at Barrelhouse festival.
John I sure could do with one! lol
Thanks Ron I will have a study and see if I can get my head around this..
Bug, you need a kazoo in C sharp.
The big six range tend to be good for CBG as you only get the notes you need and none that you dont.
You cant seem to go wrong with these, if you can find which one goes with your song from the chart below.
Maybe the D I tried was actually a d flat harp and not a D? hmm
Ron re the notes i find if you bar at the 5th fret playing and use this for the harmonica tuning
Ie in open E this would be and A harp this theory should work
ie if its open A that should be in theory at the fifth fret a D chord (as chart below D harp for cross harp open A tuning)
Not sure why you get the 4th note?
you can shift this theory up the neck if you start at a G bar (3rd fret on a guitar) then count 5 notes up on the fist note you get C (check chart below C harp for cross harp)
The above theory seems to work Ron
Ie f you play E,A, B7 blues on a guitar the harp would be in A you need?
So Ron I think its the fifth fret up from your root chord note...that would give you the same as the chart below quickly...I think? but I may be wrong
So as I was playing in A flat (detuned A to get my voice) I actually needed a C sharp harp, not the F sharp I have tried...
I think this makes sense but its a bug theory... and may be unproven... but it seems to give you the chart below.
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