Guitar Quickstart – Melody Maker™ – Key of G
The Melody Maker™ harmonica, with its three altered notes (shown above), is great for playing major scale melodies in the 2nd Position.
It is widely used in R&B, Country, Reggae, Pop, Folk, and Jazz, as well as Latin, Afro, and Ska.
2nd Position: R&B, Country, Reggae, Pop, Jazz
Begin by strumming a G Major 7th chord to
an A minor 7th, playing a Reggae groove.
On a G Melody Maker™, draw on the lower half of the harmonica for a
G Major 7th chord.
Blow for an A minor 7th.
G Major scale played in the 2nd Position
on the Melody Maker™ harmonica.
2nd Position: Latin, Afro, Clave, Ska
Strum the chords in reverse, from an
A minor 7th to a G Major 7th, to play the song “Night Nurse Riddim,” or shift to a Clave rhythm for a Latin or Afro feel.
The Melody Maker™ lets you play three-chord Ska and Reggae tunes like “007 (Shanty Town)” and “Stir it Up” with the I chord as holes 2, 3 and 4 (draw), the IV chord as holes 4, 5 and 6 (blow), and the V chord as 4, 5 and 6 (draw.)
This three-chord trick can be used in genres ranging from Rock’n'Roll to
For more chords built into the
Melody Maker™ tuning, check out
this chord reference guide.
But wait! There’s more…
Lee Oskar also makes harmonicas in three other tunings: Major Diatonic, 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!