Guitar Quickstart – Major Diatonic – Key of C
1st Position: Folk & Country
This is called 1st Position, or straight harp, playing.
in its holder, starting with blow (exhale), try to pick out a melody in the midrange of the harmonica.
on a C Major Diatonic harmonica.
2nd Position: Blues, Rock/Pop, Country
a basic Blues shuffle in the key of G.
in its holder, chop chords on the backbeat, drawing for the I chord (G) and blowing for
the IV chord (C). The harmonica doesn’t
have a V chord in 2nd position, but Blues harmonica players often substitute a
warble on holes 4 and 5 draw.
in 2nd Position on the C Major Diatonic harmonica. Notice the second note requires a whole step bend on draw 3.
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For more about the Major Diatonic, check out this chord reference guide.
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Lee Oskar also makes harmonicas in three other tunings: Melody Maker™, Natural Minor, and Harmonic Minor, ideal for creating different harmonic textures and for accompanying different styles of music. Click on the Altered Tuning links below for some great ideas on how to get the most out of your Lee Oskar Harmonicas!