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I have a new, never played paddle wheel harmonica (6) in these keys. A, A#, C, D, G, F.m This retails for around $230, asking $125 and I'll pay shipping.
Comes with nice case. Reply here
Many times I am just a guest reading and don't bother to sign in unless I have something specific to say. Like now. I suspect that many may be the same, but maybe not.
SPAH was a blast! Just got home on Thursday. Next year is Tulsa, OK. As of now 3 cities vying for 2018, Denver, Minneapolis and Virginia Beach.
Bought 2 new bass harps and won 4 diatonic harps in the raffle. Heard 4 good young people but one was better, 18 years old. My oh my can he play.
17 people from the Mile High Harmonica Club and quite a few from St. Louis. Sponsoring club from San Antonio, a Hoot chapter, had 21 of 24 members
active at SPAH and other 3 contributed but were unable to attend. 414 for Saturday banquet. A number of trios and two quartets that were organized.
Really great music by Bonfiglio, Mad Cat, Brendan Powers and many others.
If SPAH comes back to Denver we would love to host a thousand. The west would really have to come through to realize that though.
I play craps. I generally play every week but this year I've been too busy and have only played about 9 times.
Bass players should only move the harmonica. My instructor is adamant. You'd have to move your neck a foot. If you could I'll bet you would be famous! LOL
Your hands are quicker and more accurate than your head.
I am opening a new business and it has played havoc with my practice time. I own another business and work 2 part-time jobs as well. This is the off season for the new business so I will get really busy in September thru New Year's. Still I get some practice and have joined a trio to keep me at it. Actually we
sound pretty good and probably because the other two gents are much better than I am. Slowly re-learning to read music but it is coming around.
Need to get a lot of time in before SPAH. Four bass harmonicas weigh a man down.
I am fairly new too. Welcome to the site. I play bass so there is not much here for me. I am sure you will find a lot of interesting and challenging
material here. I read a lot but don't post much.
I found the bass guitar site. It is Studybass.com I like the teacher and his philosophy of learning bass. It is certainly do-able on harmonica, less the
fret fingerings obviously. Chord tones is where I started and am trying to expand to adding chromatic tones. Melodic tones seem a long ways down
the road for me but I am amazed how I am learning. It gets to be more fun as I go.
I found a bass guitar site that has an interesting method which is a little different from the norm. He recommends scales first. Then goes to chords which you cannot do on a bass harmonica. If you already read music (bass clef) then I would start with scales to develop embouchure. After that I think boogie beat which is also slow blues. I am not proficient enough to go fast on the boogie but I can get it a little slower. If you already play another harmonica you should be able to get riffs to embellish the music you are playing. Bass is the "beat" of the music and you should do a strong baseline for the lead and blend well with the chord player. The site is easy to find online.
Hohner and Suzuki are different on the c# harmonica. Horner has a smooth response and Suzuki has a crisper cut to the note. I think I prefer the Suzuki. However, my Hohner is the one I practice on the most and will continue until I am a better player then I will switch. I know of one gentleman that does
online teaching for bass, I can't recall his name though. He seemed a little intense for me. He attended SPAH in 2015.
Playing I, V is very easy on the Tombo as is I, III, V. I, VI,II, V is just as easy too. I am still learning possibilities on the Tombo and using what I already
know to play better on the Hohner. Tombo has the full C and G scales while the Easttop has the F scale in addition.
I do not know of any bass books that are easy to find . One is "The Bass Harmonica" by Robert Berthiaume and another is "Bass Harp 101" by
Danny Wilson. Also Al and Judy Smith have a book simply called Bass and Chord Harmonica and you can find it online. Someone is selling it for
them. I have lost his info. I have not studied these yet but have read a little.
Bass gets boring quickly if you don't have someone to play with. If anyone wants the gentleman's name and website that was at SPAH let me know and I will try to find it for you. I may have it hidden away somewhere.
If we continue talking about bass here maybe more people will join in so we can all learn.
I have 4 bass harmonicas. First I bought a Tombo pocket bass just to see if I liked playing bass. I have learned more about it in the last 4 months. An
amazing little harmonica. The spacing between the holes is larger than on any of my other bass harmonicas. I think the Easttop is the same. The Easttop
has B flat and the Tombo does not. Then I bought a Suzuki SDB39 extended, then a Hohner (used) 258 and finally an SDB29 (used but barely and in excellent shape).
I take lessons and am beginning to read music again. It has been slow going but I am getting there. I first joined a jam at SPAH here in Denver last
August. To my surprise I did ok.
Any Bass information is very hard to come by. Find a teacher, study music theory and enjoy.
The Swan is a nice instrument and I have a friend that has one and he plays it over some of the others that he has. I do like the double basses more though.
They have a richer sound to me.
While I will never be a great player I hope to be an adequate one. You have to have good rhythm to be a good bass player so I am part way there.
Good evening! My name is Dick. I live in Firestone, Colorado. I am relearning bass clef. I haven't played for 54 years and trombone then. I wasn't good, just fair. I have a wonderful teacher, lots of theory and some playing. It is coming along slowly. I play bass and a little chord (Seydel-Schaman). I am the current president of the Mile High Harmonica Club. Felt like I have to play to be the pres. I finally got the nerve to join a jam at SPAH last year. Played with my
Tombo pocket bass. Since then I have acquired 3 more bass harmonicas.
I joined here because I saw Eric33 has a group but I'll bet he is a long ways away from Denver. He wanted a bass player, maybe someone in my area needs one too.