Which key is this harmonica

Discussion in 'Woodwinds' started by AreBar, Jul 28, 2015.

  1. AreBar

    AreBar Active Member

    I'm going nuts trying to find which key Steve Earle's harmonica is in this song. The song is en E, so I bought an E harmonica but it doesn't sound right. Can anyone help?
  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    I played Harp for years. But, its been years so I can't grab one and confirm what is going on in this song but you need to go up 5 semitones with Harp. See Cross Harp Chart

    If a song is in the Key of E, you need an A Harp.
    If a song is in the Key of D, you need an G Harp.

    Cross Harp Examples:
    key of song/ harp key

    E = A
    F = B-FLAT
    G = C
    A = D
    B = E
    C = F
    D = G

    Google Cross Harp Chart

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  3. DM60

    DM60 Active Member

    I've learned something today. Thank you.
  4. AreBar

    AreBar Active Member

    Thanks for you reply. Was very helpful - I really appreciate it!

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