Guest Posted April 27, 2012 Share Posted April 27, 2012 This may be a dumb question but... I'm not much on theory; that is to say I know very little of it. Some basic things but not much. When I learned a little guitar I learned some scales, major, minor/blues pentatonic. I played mostly Blues and so I was always dealing with a 12 bar Blues progression. I don't know enough about theory to know for sure, but I'm sure this may be similar for other types of music. If I am playing my harmonica for example, in a 12 bar blues progression I can use the blues scale. I am then able to play over the progression using any notes in the scale and they will all work. Generally with the harp I can use any scale in the key I'm playing. Actually, when I play blues I mostly play harp in second position (cross harp) so I choose scales that fit that position. Second position means I will be playing a "C" harp in the key of "G." Harmonicas are diatonic so to switch keys you can't just play in another key, you actually have to change harps. "BUT" you can switch positions so a harp in the key of "C" can be played second position which makes it "G." Second position refers to the second position on the circle of 5ths. To play a harp in second position (blues) you play mostly draw notes, most blow notes in that position are passing notes. You are generally only working holes 1-6 also. (on a standard 10 hole harp). So the point is that I could take a blues scale and play any note in that scale over the progression and they will all sound good, they all match. If I played 1st position or "straight harp" (all blow notes) I would use a major scale. So now my "C" harp will actually be playing in "C" and any note in the C major scale will fit the song. Obviously if you are playing the melody you need to stick to that, but for fills and solos, backup etc... Ok...how about singing? I would imagine that music is music and notes are notes right? Voice is just another instrument. I was practicing pentatonic scales this morning as well as minor scales. The exercises had a lot of runs and slides, legato notes etc. That's when I started to wonder if I could just use a scale like that and run around a bit while still staying in key. (is key the right word?) You know, like with harp or guitar. Play with the notes within the scale of the key note I'm singing in. I'm sure I can probably take a G note and use the 1st, third and 5th right? (G,B and D) Any of those notes would fit as they complete the chord right? Or even as in the blues progression, use the 1,4, 5. (G,C and D). How about the whole "G" Blues scale? Does it all fit? You know, now that I think about it and look at this long post...does it really even matter in singing? I never know what notes I'm singing anyway. I just listen and match. With the harp and guitar I didn't either. I know the scales by the stings or the holes and just played them. I never knew the actual notes. Only the key. But I was still wondering if the theory was the same. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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