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post Mar 23 2009, 03:20 PM
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Maan, I just love the sound of those blues guys showing their soul trough the harmonica. I found good tutorials for 12 bar blues, which, at first is all I want to do. But what harmonica would be best? You got all different kinds, different holes... more holes, less holes. Does anyone have experience with this?
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post Mar 23 2009, 04:25 PM
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I can't help you with actual harmonica but I can tell you one trick that you can do...

Check out Joe Satriani's Big Bad Moon song ! You will hear how he emulates harmonica sound on guitar. He is doing this very often so you can hear it on other tracks as well smile.gif




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post Mar 23 2009, 04:54 PM
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Ask in your Music Store for a 'Blues Harp'. They come in all the Major Keys. Start with with either an 'E', 'A' or a 'D' as this covers most Blues songs.
Blues Harps only have 10 holes.
Harmonica's have 12 sets of 2 Holes.
Chromatic Harmonica's have either 24 or 48 Holes. They consist of two diatonic harmonicas stacked in one, tuned a semitone apart. When you play and push the slide, the airflow is switched from to the other and makes all 12 notes of the chromatic scale available. They are usually in the Key of C. Stevie Wonder plays a Chromatic one as does Larry Adler, who was probably the greatest Player ever!

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post Mar 23 2009, 07:22 PM
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wow thats some serious harp facts right there! And that is the cheesiest song and video ive ever seen, love the poodle perm Joe LOL!!

He still rocks though, I forgive him!
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post Mar 24 2009, 02:01 AM
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QUOTE (sted @ Mar 23 2009, 07:22 PM) *
wow thats some serious harp facts right there! And that is the cheesiest song and video ive ever seen, love the poodle perm Joe LOL!!

He still rocks though, I forgive him!



Haha I agree with you 100 % laugh.gif

I just had to share it you know biggrin.gif


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post Mar 24 2009, 02:10 AM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Mar 23 2009, 04:54 PM) *
Ask in your Music Store for a 'Blues Harp'. They come in all the Major Keys. Start with with either an 'E', 'A' or a 'D' as this covers most Blues songs.
Blues Harps only have 10 holes.
Harmonica's have 12 sets of 2 Holes.
Chromatic Harmonica's have either 24 or 48 Holes. They consist of two diatonic harmonicas stacked in one, tuned a semitone apart. When you play and push the slide, the airflow is switched from to the other and makes all 12 notes of the chromatic scale available. They are usually in the Key of C. Stevie Wonder plays a Chromatic one as does Larry Adler, who was probably the greatest Player ever!


Awesome tips, thanks Jones. I'm considering getting one myself cool.gif


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Mar 24 2009, 01:10 AM) *
Awesome tips, thanks Jones. I'm considering getting one myself cool.gif


harpmasterclass.net? Blues harp MTP? A sonny Boy williamson lesson on harp? Mmmmmm.....sounds a lot of fun!!
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post Mar 24 2009, 10:27 AM
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QUOTE (Jesse @ Mar 23 2009, 03:20 PM) *
Maan, I just love the sound of those blues guys showing their soul trough the harmonica. I found good tutorials for 12 bar blues, which, at first is all I want to do. But what harmonica would be best? You got all different kinds, different holes... more holes, less holes. Does anyone have experience with this?
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Thanks for inspiring me!!! smile.gif I just found my old harmonica in C and started learning smile.gif This time I'm getting results finally smile.gif


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QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Mar 24 2009, 01:10 AM) *
Awesome tips, thanks Jones. I'm considering getting one myself cool.gif

No worries!! biggrin.gif
On a hard drive somewhere I have some Harp lessons. I'll see if I can find them!!!


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So if Id get a blues harp in E tuning.. or whatever it means. Does that mean I can only play the blues in E?tongue.gif


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I think that is what it means, but perhaps Jones can answer better, I'm not sure what notes are on that harp unsure.gif

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Im gunna go with this:D http://www.musik-produktiv.de/hohner-blues-harp-e-ms.aspx


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I got Hohner one in C and that one seems to cover most beatles songs I always wanted to learn smile.gif
I see that your have bigger spacing between holes , what is about that and which ones are available because it seems to me it would be easier to play the one with bigger spacing between holes smile.gif


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QUOTE (Jesse @ Mar 24 2009, 03:01 PM) *
So if Id get a blues harp in E tuning.. or whatever it means. Does that mean I can only play the blues in E?tongue.gif

QUOTE (Ivan Milenkovic @ Mar 24 2009, 05:23 PM) *
I think that is what it means, but perhaps Jones can answer better, I'm not sure what notes are on that harp unsure.gif


Yep, that's it! So to play in all Keys you'll end up with a collection of different Harps!


The correct name for a Blues harp is:-
'The Richter-tuned harmonica', or '10-hole harmonica' (in Asia) or 'blues harp' (in America), is the most widely known type of harmonica. It is a variety of diatonic harmonica, with ten holes which offer the player 19 notes (10 holes times a draw and a blow for each hole minus one repeated note) in a three octave range. (From Wikipedia)
Have a look at the rest of the page HERE!!

There is also a way of playing called 'Cross harp Playing' where you'd use a different Keyed Harp and play Modally!!
For example:- If the Band are playing a Blues in 'D' and you use an 'A' Harp you represent the Mixolydian Mode!! Simple, eh???
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QUOTE (Jesse @ Mar 24 2009, 07:00 PM) *

That's as good a start as any!!!


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