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.
It has been nearly a year and no bites. How about a bargain! Asking $65 just to move this harmonica. It actually belongs to my wife who does not play
You pay shipping. Brand new with case.
If you can get to Tulsa in August you won't have to wait for a year. SPAH starts the 16th & goes through the 19th. About 500 harmonica players will be there.
I liked the external for a "cleaner" note.
Hi crashsq! Welcome, what type of harmonica are you playing? This is a great site and improving too.
Sarge, I will be in some seminar or other I imagine in the early mornings. I will look for you around noon at the registration table and before the seminars start
I have Judys' book. I hope to be more proficient at reading music later in the year and then it will be a good study.
I have found and purchased the brackets. Maybe Keith can just delete these 2 postings.
I am trying to arrange a meeting with Al and Judy to discuss a project concerning bass playing at SPAH this year. I'm taking a writing pad to the meeting
and hope to get some great ideas. Along with interviews with other accomplished bass players I hope to have a pamphlet for beginning bass players.
This hopefully will shorten the learning curve.
At this point this is just a dream and not a money making idea for me. However, it is an attempt to jump start my own playing. If in the long run it will help other beginning bass players I will have hit a home run.
That was an entertaining piece Sarge and thank you for posting it. By the way, have you decided which day(s) you will be at SPAH?
I live in Firestone, CO. It is about 25 miles north of Denver and 12 miles north of the metro area. Firestone straddles I-25 and is 5 miles east of Longmont in Weld county. We are a small town growing into a bedroom community for Denver and suburbs.
Re your post #8825 regarding chord/bass sites. I have searched extensively for bass sites and have found NONE.
I have mostly been searching for ideas to enhance the bassline. Playing scales, root, 3rd and 5th, 5 bar blues progression can be started without too much effort. Now then, finding "riifs" has been much more difficult. My lesson yesterday my teacher showed me a progression with chord changes and how to get there was new for me and interesting. I will work on them now.
In the mean time I am talking to any bass player that will give me other clues how to sound better and enhance those that I play with. I can do a basic glissando
in C that is a nice finish to some songs. Many bass players want to be the "star" and play the melody. I too have one that I am working on just for fun rather than being the star. A bassline that adds to the depth of the music, keeps the beat correct is my goal.
I am having to work on getting a good note, clean and getting the spacing on my new Tombo is coming along but still needs a lot of work. A lot of songs I have found are I, VI ,IV, V. Like STAY by Maurice Williams and start on G. It is a piece of cake on the pocket bass but another matter on the full bass.
I guess practice will cure most of that though.
I hope to reach out to bass players to contribute to this site. It is rough going though but with more effort we can accomplish the task.
I'm 69 for a few more weeks.
Nice to see you here. This is a great place to be and many wonderful, helpful and enthusiastic people. Keep us informed on your playing and progress.
Where are you? I am in Colorado. Planning on attending SPAH in Tulsa?
Briefly, the Tombo is GREAT! Different width between holes that will take some practice getting used to. LOUD. Piano hole set-up. Just about as
heavy as a double bass. Decent case. It cost 10X what I paid for the EastTop equivalent but sounds better.
Now if I just learn how to play it like I hope too.
I have always loved harmonica music since I was a kid. I traded a trombone for a Hohner 64 Chromonica and a Chrometta 8. Also got a song book and learned one song bud played badly. Didn't know what I was doing. Lost interest.
After my wife passed in 2010 (we were married 44 years) I found Mile High Harmonica Club in a suburban newspaper ad. Thought I'd just go to get out of the house and listen to the music. That was in early 2011. Didn't want to play but as usual got involved in the clubs' activities. After I got elected president
I figured that I couldn't be in that position if I didn't play. I have COPD and fortunately it is a mild case. Still, blowing and drawing wore me out.
The club kept losing bass players and I knew they were blow only so bought a Tombo pocket bass as a trial instrument to see if I could play it and if I liked
it. I have 7 basses now and still have the Hohner that I'll never play. 2 pocket basses, 3 double basses with one being an extended and 2 single reed which
includes my new Tombo Contra Bass. I also own a Seydel-Schaman chord that was made to help people with COPD and other breathing issues. The Seydel has 8 chords and I practice with it sometimes.
The new Tombo is wonderful! Holes are further apart than any other bass that I have so when you miss the hole a little you get less from adjacent holes
and sometimes are still on target enough to not miss the note. It plays LOUD. Regular practice will cure that in a while.
I believe that the objective for a bass player should be to set the rhythm and a solid bass line for the other instruments. Always trying to not be boring and
putting in little riffs of bass here and there. It is the little riffs that are eluding me. Learning to read music again is coming more slowly than I want.
Playing the lead is not an object for me like some other players. Although that is fun too. I want to make everyone that plays with me sound better because I am there. Give the songs some depth.
So, I just play bass and a little chord. Basses are chromatic. There is a mouthpiece that connects the double basses together and has a slide like a regular
chromatic. I can't afford it at my skill level. I think that is around $500 or so.
Reed, my "64" is an early 80's model.
Got home this evening to an e-mail from Tombo and they shipped my new bass Friday the 19th. Should be here in a week!
Really nice Sarge. I enjoy all your songs.
Does the west start before Dodge City? It seems to end at Tombstone. I'm in Colorado.
I am really surprised you hadn't hear Cool Water. Popularized by the Sons of the Pioneers along with Tumbling Tumbleweeds and many other
western songs. Maybe you are just too far east.
I did a wire transfer, $45, and shipping, about $45. Total $552. Still waiting on the CITES approval because of the Rosewood used in the instrument. I expect them to ship next week. I am almost more anxious to get the catalog.