Dezzy, It is about the fun. Just enjoy what you can do if only for yourself.
I have seen several of the videos of "players for change" doing stand by me. Currently my favorite version is by Rockapella.
Base guitar has the advantage of being able to do a chord then going back to the rhythm. Imagine trying a chord on bass harmonica, you'd have to have the wind of a hurricane. I don't.
I have enjoyed harmonica and the "Cats" since a young child. Really started picking up their albums as a teenager. Also saw them live in Albuquerque, NM
at the state fair. Marty Robbins was the headliner and the applause was mediocre. As it turned out the audience that night was there for the Harmonicats.
They were supposed to play 30 minutes but we wouldn't let them go for over an hour when the manager of the rodeo came on and said one last number then we need to finish the rodeo. They played a medley beginning with 12th street rag that lasted for about 6 or 7 minutes. Great Show! Brought the house down too.
For my 70th birthday last August my son got me an autographed photo of the Harmonicats with authentication certificate. It sits in the living room.
The cats made me a purist, just harmonicas, no drums or strings or any other instruments. They did several albums with Teo Macero that had a whole
orchestra. I have two of those albums but prefer just the guys without the accompaniment. Our club has a number of players with guitars and it is ok but
I still love the sweetness of just harmonicas.
My two cents.
Criticism is usually unfavorable comments while critique is critical estimate or discussion.
Playing bass is to set the rhythm, enhance the melody and give depth to the harmony. Also learning glissando's add "interest" to the music. Bass can bring
anticipation of either the melody or the harmony. Listen to the opening of Stand By Me where the bass sets the beat for the entrance of the melody.
I have had two teachers so far, both very good musicians. One seemed to want me to play the lead on bass which doesn't fit anything I had in mind and the
other kinda gets it but there is something lacking. Harmonica bass players basically play the roots and 5th of chords or I III V and Vll. Trying to learn when to do which is proving harder than I thought but still it seems to be coming along.
What sounds good to me may not sound as good to the listener because I have not followed the best path. Lordy, I make a lot of mistakes and I always think
everyone notices while I know that some do notice and some do not. I have trouble with chord changes as I don't always catch them but I know I can always fall back to root and fifth.
Critique is always welcome. I have made some progress but still feel I have a long way to go. If Dr approves next Monday I will get to practicing again
and have even been invited to play with a couple of fellows that play at coffee shops around the metro area of Denver.
Another week until the Dr will let me practice and I will try the slow blues in G. Sounds like fun! Hope I have enough air.
Anyone play "I'm a fool to care" by Les Paul and Mary Ford?
Well, here is the other end of the spectrum. I love Tom Jones. His version of Impossible Dream is the best ever. My late wife and I saw him in Vegas about 12 years ago. Didn't like his new songs much but always enjoyed his voice and power. I even have most of his albums but none of the later ones.
Out of Hs? How about The high and the mighty? Theme of the movie of the same name starring John Wayne. Hello young lovers? How can you mend a broken heart? Hand jive? Heartbreak? Happy Trails? Help? Hair? Hound Dog? House of the rising sun? Too bad I don't have a way to record, most don't sound good on bass anyway.
In one of the Dakotas? Come to Denver sometimes? We'd love to meet you. Mile High Harmonica Club. com
Every time I play harmonica someone asks if I play violin because I'm just fiddling with it.
It has been my experience that it is common amongst players with a large repertoire to go into another song during attempts to play certain songs due to
their similarities. Wish I had that problem. I have no library. I suspect bass players may do that with the rhythms that are similar.
Tnx for the download info. Too bad you didn't have the chords but since it is in C it shouldn't be too hard to figure out.
On a cool house, try using a heating pad on low for about 10 minutes to warm up your chromatic. This should help the sticking.
Most of the players in Colorado do this routinely. Lucky for me that basses don't have that problem. However, the double reed basses need to get warm to play the very low notes well.
Hurry back Sarge.
Nice clean notes. I am going to listen to it from my iTunes and then try to play bass with you.Well done Dex.
It is mistakes that make you better. Do not edit out the mistakes but learn from them. No one is perfect, even the best in the world make mistakes. They just don't make as many.
Look at HarmonicaMD.com Dr. Schaman has a Seydel harmonica just for people with breathing problems. It is an 8 chord about the size of a diatonic.
There are chordal jams that you can download and play as well. C on Schaman is a draw as is D. F and G are blow and each chord also has its' 7th as a
fifth hole..$200 US. I always feel better after practicing whether the Schaman or my bass.
I sold the Suzuki 39. The man who bought it says it is now his favorite. Thanks for the offer anyway.
You can remove all of this topic as I sold the tremolo.
So, SPAH 2017 was great! I took 3 harmonicas to sell and sold all 3 in 45 minutes. Plus I sold another before I left home. This leaves me with 4 bass harmonicas instead of 7. I did buy one used Cordet 20 by Huang for $75. My teacher has been after me for over a year to buy the Cordet but I couldn't
find one any where on-line. They had 2 to sell plus a Huang double bass that went for $150. These benefitted the youth program with the funds as they
all were donated harmonicas.
The entertainment at night was very good. A Ten harmonica group played orchestral music from the 30's-40's and were absolutely amazing. There were several trios and quartets. Ross Garren and partner were the 2nd highlight for me. I bought 2 CD's of theirs.
Jams were fun too, I played Monday night until my lips swelled up. In the hall jams were where I spent most of my time. The country jams after the stage
shows I got into each night but Mike Caldwell overshadowed Lonny Joe so it was less fun than the past two years.
There were about 475 people there including entertainers and vendors. 420 at the Saturday night banquet. Tulsa club had 40 members, St. Louis had 33 and Colorado had 23, 50% of our members, in attendance. Kansas City club has failed but they are trying to set up again.Seems like quite a few people
from Florida but from all over and not associated. An all women' s club in Texas was represented too, they have 12 members.
There were 11 or 12 vendors. 28 bass players plus the 3 presenters made for a full room at the bass seminar given by Judy and Al Smith, Ken Moyer was a
joint presenter. Unfortunately they had no handouts and I only managed to copy some of the material but I learned quite a lot in a short time. A "Meet-up" seminar presenter had some good ideas for finding new members for our club that I intend to use.
Saw many acquaintances I had made over the last 2 years and made some new friends also. Missed meeting Sarge and that was a disappointment for me but there may be another time for that.
Seems a number of people wanted to see both my pocket bass and the new Contra Bass. I played the pocket bass the most and only a little on the Contra
as I am still learning to hit the notes. I feel I did well with the Contra despite only having had it for 2 months. Missed too many holes though. Judy Smith also
asked to see both and was impressed with the sound of the Contra. Pleased me a lot.
Wife and I went to 2 museums, Tulsa Air and Space and Will Rogers. Both were interesting. Tried several restaurants with mixed reviews. Hotel food quite expensive. A "Hospitality" room with drinks and light foods, candy and cookies were available.
Overall Tulsa club members worked hard to do a nice job. Next year SPAH will be in St. Louis. Already starting to plan it. Hope to see more of the members from this forum next year.