Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 6 – Position Playing

So far we’ve been looking at playing the major scale. We’ve been playing in the key of C on a C harmonica – exactly what a C harmonica was designed to do. (A quick aside. When discussing theory on this site or in my private lessons we always talk theory as if we’re playing a… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 6 – Position Playing

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 5 – Harmonica Note Layout: Major Scales

In previous posts we’ve looked at the major scale and how it’s built out of notes in the chromatic scale. We’ve also seen that we can refer to notes within scales using numbers called scale degrees. Now lets look at how all this relates to our harmonicas. Here’s the C Major scale again: Note name:    C… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 5 – Harmonica Note Layout: Major Scales

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 4 – Scale Degrees

Last time we defined the major scale and discussed how it’s built. Now we’re going to add another way of thinking about and referring to notes in the scale. Take for example the G major scale. Remember that the major scale is built using notes from the chromatic scale in this sequence: whole-tone, whole-tone, semi-tone,… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 4 – Scale Degrees

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory For Harmonica Players Part 3 – The Major Scale

Last time we looked at the chromatic scale and learned that this scale contains all the notes available. Here’s the piano keyboard again for reference. Remember the distance between one note and the next (or one piano key and the next) is called a semi-tone, and that a distance of two semi-tones is called a… Continue reading Music Theory For Harmonica Players Part 3 – The Major Scale

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Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 2 – The Chromatic Scale

Okay then. First things first. Music, as you already know I’m sure, is made up of playing a series of notes. Notes organised together in a specific way are called a scale. Think Do-Re-Mi-Fi-So-La-Te-Do, that refers to a scale. In fact that’s a very important one that I’ll talk about in the next post. The… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 2 – The Chromatic Scale

Music Theory for Harmonica Players

Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 1 – Introduction

Music theory is intimidating for a lot of new players but that’s usually down to misconceptions. Although it can appear arcane, stuffy and overly formalised that needn’t be the case. In this series of posts I’ll attempt to present the essential information in a clear and straightforward way and demonstrate how the application of even… Continue reading Music Theory for Harmonica Players Part 1 – Introduction