Thank you Henry,
This is precisely why I joined the forum community recently. I am an ear player, and decided to dust off my old Hohner 270 and learn the other keys. It helps to see the layout as a relationship, even though I don't read as I play. My mouth's "memory muscles" are getting a workout, and I stumble a lot because I'm not always sure when I push the slide either blowing or drawing whether I' ll get the note that's in my head, especially because of the built in redundant"Cs" which change the air direction. I know it takes hundreds of times playing each scale, as well as taking familiar tunes through their key paces. If you have any other "ear player hints" for getting more key fluency I would love to hear them. Doug P (from the woodshed)
Warm welcome Doug!
I can only go by my own experience and agree that the constant repetition of playing the Major and Natural Minor
keys sets the patterns in your head.
I am an ear player and I think that playing the scales helped in this area also.
It improved my 'ear', but I am a long way from playing tunes in all keys by ear.
Playing different tunes, from music or tabs, in different keys helps also.
It takes time, but with your musical experience, it should be easier and quicker!
I have small harps too, and they are solo tuned in the different keys.
The problem with playing by ear is you do not think about the notes you are playing.
Well I don't.
When I play scales from memory I think of the different sound pattern each scale has,
almost like a tune in itself.
It is hard to explain, as is ear playing itself. It just happens.
There is not real substitute for time I suppose.
When I hear a tune I do not know what key it is in but I can sing along with it.
Trying to do the same with my harmonica takes a bit of trial and error,
but I hope one day to just pick it up and play straight away. Dream on!!
If you have a look in the 'Chromatic tab' section you will see tunes in many different keys.
Some keys are a bit of a pain, but most are OK.
With the small harp, you would have them in the different keys, which is great!!
You will have no trouble Doug!!