Cool songs in the key of E? Playing Bass and Harmonica

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by AuMello, Jul 23, 2009.

  1. AuMello


    Jun 18, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: Cap Sac
    Hahaha, so this is random, but I picked up a harmonica today, im determined to learn to play harp. My guitarist (not a gui****, very smart, amazing musician) plays harmonica with the neck holster. its great, people dig it. anyway, we've got a couple new songs where he wants harmonica parts while hes singing. so hes not gonna be able to do both live. the point is, im learning to play harmonica. the songs ill be playing are in e, so ive got myself an E harp. does anyone know of any cool songs in E that i can practice to. ill be going through my music seeing if theres anything in e, but a list of outside suggestions would be great. thanks much my fine feathered friends.
  2. An E harmonica gives a nice bluesy feel if you play it to songs in B, so you've got that going for you as well.
  3. onlyclave


    Oct 28, 2005
    The last time I checked you can play any song in E. Unless you want to dismiss the dogma.
  4. Hookus


    Oct 2, 2005
    Austin, TX
    True, you can transpose any song to any key. Remember, a melody is more a collection of intervals, not specific pitches. An easier solution may be to buy the harp set.
  5. +1 Don't miss this point. While harps can be used for anything, they are
    often used for blues. If you want to play blues, you'll want to be playing
    a dominant (not major) 7th. To do this, the harp needs to be in a major
    key that is a 4th up from the blues key.

    For example, for blues in B, use a E harp.
    For blues in G, use a C harp.
  6. Chipsonfire


    Jul 20, 2007
    Socorro, NM
    I love it when I read things like this, and can apply what I've learned/read elsewhere on the forum so it makes sense. Just thought I'd add that :smug:
  7. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
  8. Not fade away- Rolling Stones version. Get an A harp, though. Then do a Bo Didddlley medley w/NFA, Who Do You Love & Magic Bus. Then modulate down to D and do I want Candy(Bow Wow Wow version- the best). Harp rocks.
  9. AuMello


    Jun 18, 2009
    Endorsing Artist: Cap Sac
    Hey thanks guys. my band plays kinda folk rock stuff. i'll be playing more straight ahead folk style, so no playing cross harp for me. not yet anyway. also, some of you misunderstood my post. i understand that any song can be played in any key. i only need an e harp since the songs i would be playing harp on are in e. i was really looking for suggestions of (already recorded) songs in e that i could play along with for practice/to build up some chops/etc on my own time so as to maximize the effectiveness of band practice time. as for those of you who understood, thanks for the suggestions
  10. EADG mx

    EADG mx

    Jul 4, 2005
    You would be implying E Mixolydian. :)

    Not Schoenberg!
  11. Rudreax


    Jun 14, 2008
    New York, NY
    If you're playing folk, you'll want to play straight harp, so you're making the right choice by using an E harp.