What's your favorite key?

If you’re carrying just one harp with you what’s your favorite key?

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For me it depends on the harp. Some of my harps are really great to play in 2nd position, others in 3rd, 4th or 5th position. So for me it’s not the key but the harp.

– Slim :sunglasses:

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A - not because it is better than any other, but guitarists like E, so I finish up doing a lot of tunes in E

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Hello @expat48,
since I play without a live band, I generally have a free choice and I base any background music on the pitch of the harp.

I don’t like playing the high pitches when I also need channels 8-10 in the song. It sounds too squeaky to my ears.

If I’m free, I like to take harps in G and A, C. What I really like is Bb. Somehow this key has a “flattering” sound.

Regards from Astrid :woman_in_lotus_position:

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Interesting points. No two ears are alike so I guess this thread might go all over the place. Tnx for replying.

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Bb for just me, but if carrying to accompany, G or C. Unless I know what the plan is. D can be made to go along with most keys too, just change positions. Most play first, second or third positions or twelfth position, the others 4-11 usually special needs for whatever.

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Like the first answer, I have some favorite harps so it is more about those than their key. However I am fairly new to harp playing so am still deciding if I have an overall favorite key.

I recently discovered that you can search Spotify for guitar backing track playlists in every key, so I have been doing a lot of key switching during practice and may be spiraling in on a favorite or two.

You may also choose different harps at different times before you go out the door. Are you feeling up and happy (is it a C, E, or G major day?) or a bit melancholy (Am or other minor, 3rd position, key) that day…

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Right on man…nice answer

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I like A, Bb, and B. But like someone else said, guitar players love E, so the A harp gets a lotta love, PLUS I think it’s a great range for harmonica - you can play all the way up to 10" or -10od and it’s not super screechy (like it would be fore an F.)

I play my Low C Boaz Kim customized Thunderbird every day rocking my daughter to sleep. So it’s one of my most oft played harps cos it’s so mellow. Trying to bend the -2" and -1’ is like lifting weights man. I’ve been trying for a couple months and finally getting the -1’ a full half-step down (occasionally. :rofl:)

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Cool Luke. What do you play for your daughter? Amazing Grace is pretty mellow…

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I start with one of Joe Filisko’s study songs that I’ve continually been working on: Deford’s Dream (based on the fox chase style of DeFord Bailey), Chasin’ Lost Sonny (based on the fox chase style of Sonny Terry), mostly those 2 and occasionally Skip to My Lou (which is a comprehensive study in various tongue blocking styles akin to those of DeFord Bailey.)

But I inevitably end up improvising some bluesy thing or I’ll end up somewhere random and unforeseen like Feel Like Making Love, Norwegian Wood, Hawaii Aloha, or some some old hymn. :rofl: There’s almost always some kind of swampy blues improvising before I wipe her down and put her back in her case.

But 90% of the time I’m in the rocking chair with the baby, I’m tongue blocking. It’s such a gratifying approach for solo playing. And the chords and rhythms seem to soothe my daughter for some reason!

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Low Eb, especially if there’s sax with the band. If I’m solo, Ab.

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