It's a light touch on the high end...often we have a tendency to hit them too hard and they tend to choke out.
I recently upgraded my harps to the hohner Rocket. I wanted to mention that the hole spacing is not all the same from one harp style to the other..
I see that mentioned on another topic thread here with the chromatics I think it is.
It's subtle but you might want to keep that in the back of your mind as you try different harps and what not.
I find that the Rocket and Lee Oskars have the same spacing
a tiny bit different than the marine bands for example.
it took awhile when I would wonder how come I would get my note right on the money , but then miss with a different harp.
Lot's of good harps out there..good luck ...have fun.
I have Harp Ninja which I like a lot. It also gives you a 30 second playback of your notes which i use a lot many times trickier things can be broken down to short segments like that.
I did try the Bendometer, a few years ago, but... the version I downloaded was heavily corrupted and it took quite awhile to chase it all out of my computer.
I think it's an okay program, it may even have been developed by someone here on the old version of the website, but I'm not sure.
I think there are clean versions of Bendometer, but i personally don't know which one.
Just so folks know Tulsa is in Oklahoma here in the states...(I had to look it up, even though I live here)
SPAH is ..
...." a worldwide harmonica organization based in the United States. SPAH —the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica —is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit registered in the State of Michigan. SPAH advances its mission of preservation and advancement since 1963 in many ways"...
I've never been but I guess this year electronic synthesizer harmonicas are making their debut among other things..
That Rod Piazza version is really nice. I was only lightly familiar with his name so it's about the first I've listened to him.
as a bit of a 'johnny come lately' there are a lot of things i just have a light overview of.. Nice to see people playin a tune like that.
Sometimes I don't know how' buried alive in the blues' various players are, nice to see a straight out early Rockin Roll tune showcased like that.
Nice way he end the song also
I see John Mayall, Magic Dick , Johnathan Edwards and other's don't even play their old songs the same, they tweak em do different versions . I like that makes you feel you have a fair amount of leeway...but of course still want it recognizable...
Still workin on walters boogie I'll be trotting it out in a few weeks 2nd time each time better.. hopefully...)
Thanks..we do like to have fun when we play and get the audience going.
My wife is the brains...I'm just the "arm candy"...cept when our young friend is with us...then it's him..
( i'm the old duff who learned how to play the harmonica after a tick bite changed my world)
When it's my wife and I we are named "Better Late than Never" ( in reference to our ages)
when we are with our young friend we are "Better Late than Never to Young"
Marilyn has been performing since kindergarten..but she and I together..only about a year .
Took me about 7 years to get my playing to a level to entertain others.
for me that was from being hyper shy about playing (and in general) to actually looking forward to playing for/with folks,
It was a big day recently when somebody referred to as a musician..it meant something to me...been a long journey.
richardarmstrong..much like yourself I wanted to be able to play with others .. to this day that is still my goal.
I don't plan on ever filling concert halls...but would be delighted if other songsters would ask for accompaniment.
I don't go for the 'best harmonica player ever' designation...
but "plays well with others" that is what would make me smile.
....we all know it's Sarge who has the "chops"... to play most anything... eh
Thanks Not to bad with the audience, I don't mind a noisy background it hides the off notes.
We like to crank the folks up later in the eve we had them do a sing along with us on a couple of songs.
they are a singing bunch of folks at that...
I'd like to play someplace where people could dance..it would help inspire us along those lines.
That would be fun.
Hope it's okay to post this..it's a bit rough but smooths out after a bit...
we did it in January and are going back up in about a week...english lyrics to a french audience but everybody knows the song.
(when in doubt always invoke the name of willie nelson...)
Thanks Sarge...I grew up in the northeast...when I was a kid our parents would tell us how Chestnut trees used to grow here as did Elm trees.
When we were young it was a big deal just to see the remaining skeletons of the great trees that was stood there.
Glad to know at least some version of chestnut grows somewhere...
"..... Allegheny chinquapin, however, is less susceptible to the chestnut blight fungus that devastated the American chestnut"...
Yes nice playin there Sarge.
"Never have I heard such a thing" so to speak as I'm unfamiliar with the tune.
It's a good one...I don't know what a Chinquapin is though
I'm thinking it is a region or area ..?
Good to hear from you. I first noticed them on e bay and over on harp L.
So I picked up a couple from you and one I made as a home version that was mentioned.
That will hold me for awhile...
..actually this might be an off topic or buy and sell..in case this thread needs to be moved
that's funny I'm from the northeast I just thought it was just a misspelling as in Nova Scotia
That was great ! Nice song also.
Yes, with "middle C" being the meeting point of the two staffs. It remains consistent regardless of the instrument to mu understanding.
Thanks for the info about C4 C5 C 3 etc I've been wondering what those # meant
...dam .. I just picked a tick off me and I already have lyme..but I digress...
I was working on a song (Mack the knife) ...went through my various harmonicas and think I wrote it about 4 times using different harps .
I learned or was reminded that even though I played each one in the key of G..they sounded quite a bit different.
Playing C-harp in the key of G was no where as' rich' as playing the G harp in G.
Thinking it through ( for the most part)...the diatonics are G A B "C" D E F (I left out the sharps and flats)
G A B using the (1 blow note) each harp is lower than the C harp
D E F each harp is higher than middle C
Playing the C harp in G...is an Octave Higher than playing a G harp in G (lower end).
Think I have that correct
So the other part....I have and E natural minor that I can play in 3rd position for key of G
but for now I'm not sure which side of C the E minor Harp is...next time I check to see which side of C the E starts.
(other folks might already know)
last part.... C harmonica as DO
D harmonica as RE
E harmonica as MI
personally I never think in those terms...however...invariably people will ask if my harp is Re or Mi or La etc
..that is " fixed DO"
where as we use "movable DO" it is always the same note/ key as the harp itself.
So whats up with that ?
I know we have a few people from different countries here so just wondering what the custom is...?
...and of course the disclaimer..I might be wrong
or from billy Joel..."it might just be a lunatic you're looking for.."