JavaScript Harp Key Chart

Here's the scene. It's 1 AM. You've had 9 beers and it's time for you to impress the ladies. The band calls "Key to the Highway" in Db. You want to play in 7th position. You just can't do the math in your head. Luckily you have your laptop and cellular modem. You dial into you ISP and connect to the JT30 page. You click on the JavaScript Harp Key Chart and then click on Db. You grab your G harp and start to wail. Isn't Technology wonderful!

I don't use the sharp notation (#) of a key just to keep it simple. The keys on harmonicas use either (eg. F#,Gb. F# should be the same as Gb.) depending on the manufacturer. If this causes some minds to go off into Hobgoblin states then I apologise.

This is my first attempt to learn JavaScript and eventually Java. It is very much brute force with no finesse, but I hope to get better at this as I go along. - KPG.

This Version posted to Web 7/10/96

1st Position 2nd Position 3rd Position 4th Position
5th Position 6th Position 7th Position 8th Position
9th Position 10th Position 11th Position 12th Position
Select the Key of the song on the left. Find which harp to use above.

 

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The JT30 Page Popular links

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

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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.

Harp-L Archives 1992 to 2002


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Harp Frequently Asked Questions