Q: What does second position (cross harp) mean?

A: When you are playing second position (or cross harp), the key of the harmonica you are using is a fifth above (or a quart below) the key of the band. If the band is playing in E, for example, your harmonica will be in A. This situation allows you to play along very well with blues chord progressions using the lower draw notes of your harmonica. Actually this is only a useful notion on a diatonic harmonica. In that case the 2 draw will be the tonic of the song -- BB.

 

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I began collecting data about the microphones used by blue harp players before there was an internet. I began organizing it into JT30.com in the late 1990s. I accumulated more stuff than I remember. This is some of it.

Street Theory

A Harp Player’s Guide to Music Theory

Learning Harp

Picking Up Blues Harp

A guide to learning to play Blues Harp

Microphone Information

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Harp Amps

I've been collecting Harp Amps for a while. This is the old Harpamps.com website. There is lots of information here. Here a coupld of links.


Harp Tab

A collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

Basic Riffs Simple harp tabs for songs Blues riffs and phrases.

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Harp Frequently Asked Questions