I'm sure I've recorded this before...somewhere. I'm getting old and I lose track of things . This is EIGHT DAYS A WEEK and it's a "live" recording for those who forgot how good-looking I am!
Oh, I've got some stuff coming up...I do have an "E" song picked out and I'm practicing a couple more things.
Here on the Canadian prairie, things get incredibly busy during this part of year and time is at a premium. Things go into hibernation for the winter then summer comes and I'm cutting the grass every 6 days, painting my house and garage, working on my convertible, tending my garden, hitting on the girl down the street and so on. Harmonica stuff gets squeezed out in favour of those activities that are warm weather dependent.
My harp showed up today. As usual, it's a crazy stupid bargain from amazon.ca. The deals are harder to find but sometimes you get lucky. So I now own a Suzuki Fabulous in G wih Just tuning.
I'm with Keith on this. Despite their substantial shortcomings, tabs makes it much easier for casual players to get in the game.
And there is no denying the shortcoming of tabs. I've seen dozens of different types of tab notation with people using plus sings, minus signs, arrows, circles and vertical lines. Hey, just a week or two ago, I recorded a song with two harps instead of one because I misunderstood the tab .
I'm sure using standard music notation is quick and easy for people who have been reading it for years...but, for most of us, it's really hard. I can appreciate the sentiment that anything worth doing is worth the effort of doing right but life is short and we only have so much time to dedicate to various pursuits. My facility with music notation is like my facility with French. I took years of French classes when I was young but, after years of neglect, I am still able to read French but I can't read it fast enough to keep up with those who are well practiced. Likewise, I recall lessons in reading music when I was a child and I recently bought a book on reading music but again, I'm simply not fast enough or skilled enough to make competent use of written music...unless you want to hear me play a two verse version of Moon River that takes me 10 minutes!
At this point in my life, I can't devote the necessary resources to properly learning (or re-learning) standard music notation. It's not that I'm lazy (OK, I'm a bit lazy) but I have a lot of other things that also demand my time. I really wish I had kept up my musical studies from when I was younger...I would be MUCH more competent today. As it is, I'm a 59 year old guy with a lot on my plate and by the time I perfect reading music, I'll have one foot in the grave (my father and grandfather both died at 55, I'm already on borrowed time)!
I haven't posted for awhile so I figured I better put in an appearance (even when I'm not posting, I'm here several times a day to read the posts).
The amazon.ca deals are starting to dry up but I have recently managed to snag a couple of items. I do have another harmonica coming but I'll detail that next week, However, I did pick up a crazy deal on some reed plates. I got a set of Suzuki MR350 reed plates in the key of "D" for the insane price of $5.90US! They are new Suzuki reed plates and, as always, they come with 6 reed plate screws. I've managed to pick up a few these sets. One convenience of these cheap reed plates is that they allow me to pick up other deals on "orphan" harps and switch reed plates. For example, every once in a while, I find a cheap deal on some marginal key like F# or High G. I have no need for an HG harp but if I can find a High G for Promaster for $16.00 and put some $6.00 "D" reed plates in it then I'm ahead of the game.
On a related note, I'm re-equipping my workshop and I just received an order of small metric drill bits. I got these specifically for harmonica work...oh I got a new drill press several weeks ago. I don't have any special need for them at the moment but I want to be equipped for any contingency.
"Don't follow him! He has some kind of fantastic instrument that lets out a DEATH SOUND"
Yeah, Sarge, as I look at Henry's tabs now, I see he has many showing mulitple keys in the title and it's obvious he doesn't intend them to be for multiple harmonicas. Some of them show three keys and I guess nobody is meant to juggle three harps!
Oh well. I wish I had figured that out BEFORE I started juggling harps!