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Being able to play positions, playing in other keys on the same harmonica, is a fairly standard requirement for the blues harp player.  Most players use just 1st, 2nd and 3rd posiion. I have created some unusal study songs that focus on rarer positions, like 5th and 6th, which are seldom heard in traditional blues, but have a value for minor blues.  3rd position is often thought of as minor, but here I do have one for minor blues and another for standard blues.  The 1st position study song, 1-P Blues, is great study of the entire 10-hole range of the harmonica which is unusual because of how seldom the middle range is ever used in this position.
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12th-P Blues12th-P BluesThis is a study piece for playing in “12th” position, (also sometimes called “1st flat”). Johnny Watson, recording under the name Daddy Stovepipe, first used this in his 1924 recording of the song, Stovepipe Blues.
3 P Blues Download3 P Blues DownloadThis song is a study of what harp players call "third position." It is playing with hole 1, 4 & 8 inhale becoming your new "home" or "root note." Third position was first recorded by Little Walter in December, 1951 and has become a part of nearly every professional’s sound and style, being used somewhere from 10% to 25% of the time. It can become very helpful when navigating through minor key songs but as this piece shows, does not necessarily have to be used exclusively as minor. It works with all blues.
3pm Rumba Download3pm Rumba DownloadThis is a study of the blues rumba played in a minor key similar to Howlin’ Wolf’s song, “Who’s Been Talking” and executed in third position, Bm on an “A” harp. . . .
4-P Blues4-P BluesThis is a study of 4th position and how it relates to the minor key sequenced riff used in “Green Onions” and “Help Me.” Minor keys are more challenging on the harp than standard blues keys. 4th position is a good option, especially if you have some skills bending the high exhale notes . . .
First Straight Shuffle DownloadFirst Straight Shuffle DownloadThis is a study of how to begin to start and incorporate the skill of first position or, straight harp blues playing.  Up until 1937, about half of the blues playing was in second position and the other half in first.  Currently, blues harp styles are taught starting off with second position.  This is a beginning approach to playing straight harp blues while using all 10 holes.  . 
Minor Third Shuffle DownloadMinor Third Shuffle DownloadThis is a study of minor key blues and third position.  Minor keys are more challenging on the harp than standard blues keys.  Third position is one option worthy of study for minor keys.  It was first recorded by Little Walter on the Muddy Waters song Lonesome Day in 1951. . . 
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