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1st Position commonly called Straight Harp
Usually involves playing the melodies, to play along with a song use the harmonica that is in the same key as the key of the song..

2nd Position commonly called Cross Harp
Typically used to play blues, rock, or country styles and involves using the harmonica 7 notes up from the key of the song eg
Music in A use E Harp or
Music in G use D Harp
Note: See the gray column in the table above.

3rd position - also used to play blues and rock styles.
If the key for the Song is Am then use a G Harmonica

Harmonica Key Change Table

Harmonica 1st Position 2nd Position 3rd Position

Straight Harp

Commonly used for simple melodies and a folk-rock style. Your basic starting and/or ending place would be hole 4 blow.

Cross Harp.

The most common position for blues, country, and rock. Your basic starting and/or ending place (point of resolution) would be hole 2 draw.

Third position

Great for songs in minor keys and minor blues. Your basic starting and/or ending place (point of resolution) would be hole 4 draw.

If the song is in the you could play a harmonica in second position, or you could play a harmonica in third position.

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