Chrome on the Bayou
Performed on a Hohner CX-12, key of E on a C chromatic.
Update (Oct 21st): Its been a few weeks now since I have uploaded my tune and have been enjoying the interviews and lessons. I really congratulate David Barrett for such a wealth of knowledge and a very effective process for learning. Thank you David!
Based on some of what I have learned here, I wanted to comment on my tune.
It was very informative to learn that "the most common position of blues chromatic harmonica is played in 3rd position",...... and "chromatic harmonica is tongue blocked 100% of the time".
This is all news to me as I have been playing blues on the chromatic in all keys, and I prefer the style of single note playing rather than the tongue block chording style of George Harmonica Smith. My influences have been Toots Thielemans, Stevie Wonder, William Galison, Antonio Serrano, and a host of other jazz guys. Not dedicated blues players, but they all can bend the blues on the chrome.
I understand why 3rd position (key of D on a C chrome), has advantages for playing blues (don't have to push the button much, and tongue block chords are available). And I also understand and respect the historical significance of key players such as George Harmonica Smith and Little Walter preferring these keys and chordal style. I wonder if the harmonicas that were available at that time helped to shape that preference. Certainly today's chromatic harmonicas like the Hohner CX-12 and Suzuki G-48 (my faves) can really bend those bluesy notes. I wonder if these harps were available back then, if we would have seen chromatic blues playing in more keys, and more solo note playing (like Stevie Wonder) instead of predominantly the tongue block chording style.
I think that blues playing on the chromatic harmonica is still in uncharted territory when considering the possibilities of the instrument. I am having fun with my own explorations, and I have a feeling that we will hear more contributions in this area of the chrome playing blues in many keys and bending thoses blue notes like a diatonic blues harp.