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mikeyc1945
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« on: May 29, 2012, 05:31:39 AM »

My favorite song is Take The Long Way Home by Supertramp. I found and downloaded sheet music for it and the key signature shows three flats. From what I have read, three flats is the major key of E flat. Is this correct? To play this in second position would I need a harmonica in the key of A flat? Or should it be played in the minor key of C with an F harp?
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« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2012, 07:29:37 PM »

I wonder what works with SuperTramp?

I am weak on theory but if 3 flats is Eb then cross harp to that will be Ab. I think my Lee Oskar Ab is too low for that song. I wonder if your sheet music is transposed?

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paulbunyn
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2012, 05:56:39 AM »

I THINK it is a Bb harp you want. Theory is not my strong point either!
I think, counting Eb you count up 5: Eb ,F ,G ,A ,Bb.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2012, 09:41:07 AM »

If the tune is in Eb then an Ab harmonica is needed for second position. The counting displayed is wrong ( E, Gb, Ab, are missing). Why not play an Eb harmonica in first position?
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paulbunyn
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2012, 09:59:33 AM »

Thanks Sup Prez for keeping me straight! I apparently still don't have that figured out yet! Huh
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« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2012, 09:24:21 PM »

PAUL,
Visualizing a keyboard helped me get it down.
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Burning Thunder
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2012, 02:28:16 PM »

This was always a tough thing for me.

Lemme get this straight...to find 2nd position its 5 half steps up from the key of the song?

--BT
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2012, 01:56:47 PM »

If the tune is in Eb then an Ab harmonica is needed for second position. The counting displayed is wrong ( E, Gb, Ab, are missing). Why not play an Eb harmonica in first position?

This song requires bends, thus second position.

Thanks
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2012, 09:03:52 PM »

Ok, I just played it with the actual recording.
the song is in C, an F harp crossharp, 2nd position is the thing.
I used a guitar to figure what key the song was in, and grabbed an F since it just sounded like crossharp 2nd position playing. Bingo.
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