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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-10-16T05:14:59+00:00 2006-10-16T05:14:59+00:00 <![CDATA[Chromatic harp]]> I have several nice chroms and should spend time with them. When you play on the bottom, it reminds me of a sax............

Statistics: Posted by steel1953 — Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:14 am

2006-09-10T20:28:37+00:00 <![CDATA[Chromatic harp]]> Statistics: Posted by ricochet — Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:28 pm

2006-09-10T19:11:07+00:00 <![CDATA[Re: RE: Chromatic harp]]>
huge blues wrote:
Before you drop bank on a chromatic harp, check into a solo-tuned Marine Band 364.
It's identical to a chromatic but without the slide and the price tag. Keep in mind that with a chromatic that the C blow notes are doubled-up and you need to avoid hitting both of them at the same time or you get a dischord and the dogs will begin to howl.

What, the dogs will begin to howl, Thats a good thing isn't it?

Statistics: Posted by truck driver — Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:11 pm

2006-08-18T13:19:00+00:00 <![CDATA[Chromatic harp]]> Statistics: Posted by dcblues — Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:19 pm

2006-08-18T12:16:48+00:00 <![CDATA[Chromatic harp]]> It is a lot of work, I took it on once and it took too much time

I'm with you there Patfitz. I've played diatonic for 35 years and am primarily a blues player. I've owned a chromatic for about 9 months now and I am not much farther than when I started. With a full time job, 6 acre property, disabled wife, daughter, grandson, gigging blues band, golf league and hunting and fishing, I just don't seem to have the xtra time this is going to take.

To top that off, the Hohner Chrometta 12 I bought is cross tuned, not straight tuned, just to add an extra twist. At times I get so frustrated that its seems like trying to learn Japanese. I guess I need to accept it for what it is and stop being so hard on myself. Thanks for the affirmation.


Statistics: Posted by bosco — Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:16 pm

2006-08-18T05:41:58+00:00 <![CDATA[chromatic harmonica]]> The chromatic harp is a "real" instrument. Unlike the diatonic harmonica
all the sharps and flats are there you just need to know how to find them.
You can noodle around in 3rd position but to truely play the instrument
you will need to learn some music theory.
You will need to learn to read music.
You need to study your circle of fifths.
Scales, major, minor, blues(pentatonic), and others.
Arpeggios, which are chords that are played as a string of single notes.
Arpeggios are usually played from the lowest note to the highest.
Also, it would be helpful to get some instruction for this task.
I recomend taking some music theory classes at the local community
college. I did and it helped me a lot.
My favorite chromatic harmonica player is Toots Thielman, I have seen
him several times and he is truely an artist. Larry Adler is also amazing.
Unfortuneatly, chromatic is not that popular, more people are playing
a blues style. It is a lot of work, I took it on once and it took too much
time and I already had learned blues, country and bluegrass on the diatonic.
So I had a hard time staying with all the practice it took to be good.
Someday soon I will start again.
Good Luck,

Statistics: Posted by patfitz — Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:41 am

2006-07-28T17:18:59+00:00 <![CDATA[chrom....]]> octave playing, since your tongue is already there. this workes great on
diatonic harps in the upper 5 to 10 note range also.
i`ve been playing 38 yrs. and i`m still open for new ways to make
blues tones.......[/quote]

Statistics: Posted by colmanL — Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:18 pm

2006-03-24T02:50:19+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Chromatic harp]]>

Statistics: Posted by eline — Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:50 am

2006-03-24T02:07:05+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Chromatic harp]]>

Later,it's time to make some music

Statistics: Posted by dblues — Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:07 am

2006-03-24T02:02:52+00:00 <![CDATA[RE: Chromatic harp]]>

Statistics: Posted by eline — Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:02 am