The Birth and Growth of the Forkord Turnaround



I was singing in a Gospel choir
and we did 'This Little Light Of Mine',
see this YouTube video that is built on a blues
scheme in F. Later on it modulates to G. I asked the
conductor if I could accompany on blues harp, and
he said all right. As you understand I used my
Bb harp, and had my C harp within reach.

In measures 41-43 (1:56 and 2:41,
where the choir sings 'On Thursday') there is
a chord change in the song that goes like G7 C7 F. There
I thought: "Hey, those G7 and C chords are on my C harp!",
so at that point I grabbed my C harp and played
the G7 and C chord, which sounded
surprisingly surprising!

I started to try out the
possibilities of using two harps
that are one whole tone apart and soon
discovered that when playing the higher C harp
in straight position, the lower Bb-harp provided the F chord,
which sounds very natural. And very spicy when playing the Eb of F7.
Being more of a chord player rather than a single note player and
also, being a big fan of the nice warm chordal sound of the
lower register of the harp, the idea of bringing those
lower halves of the instruments together into
a complete newly tuned harmonica,
suddenly crossed my mind.

Once I made the Forkord Turnaround,
I discovered many more possibilities, like the riff of
'Everybody Needs Somebody', a well sounding blues scheme
in first position, the 'Smoke On The Water'-riff, and I just found out that the
well known Rhythm Change progression is also available on the FT.
So you see, I'm still traveling and discovering and I'm
sure there will be much more to explore!



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