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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2008-12-30T11:59:14+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=13&t=6819 2008-12-30T11:59:14+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=87365#p87365 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]>
one thing that really helped me with credibility was learning to sing. i think this maybe reassured band leaders and co-founders that i knew when to shut the harp down and be polite during a song. another thing was learning to play in most keys, in a variety of positions, and knowing when to sit out or maybe just accent here or there. to this day i will gladly work the harp in songs that don't even have a solo or lead for the harp, if i cn add to the band's sound without being a pain in the butt! i learned stage manners from some pretty hard guys, and i'm glad for it today.

the ubiquitopus harmonica is had by many, used asa toy or a hobby, and not taken seriously for those reasons. if you want to be taken seriously, be serious in your endeavor and present a serious aspect in your manner and playing. leave no room for someone to laugh you off! that way, if a band or partner is truly looking for a harp to add to their thang, you will be easy to spot and leave a good impression. politeness counts and it helps to know when to walk away from a situation too.

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2008-12-29T15:39:37+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=87333#p87333 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]>
tobiepsg wrote:
harpdude wrote:Covering the 12 keys should do fine to start with

Unless you've got the bucks to buy all in one shot, it might be worthwhile asking the band what keys they play in most. I've found that each genre / application has its favourite keys. We play about 80% of our songs in F or C (easy for the congrgation to sing along with). Just about never play anything in F# and Db.


Here's an affordable set of 12 that is actually a good quality harp to boot.

http://coast2coastmusic.com/cgi-bin/cart/SU1072S.html

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2008-12-11T00:25:35+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=86524#p86524 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]> Statistics: Posted by Bournio — Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:25 am


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2008-12-10T08:38:19+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=86489#p86489 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]>
harpdude wrote:
Covering the 12 keys should do fine to start with

Unless you've got the bucks to buy all in one shot, it might be worthwhile asking the band what keys they play in most. I've found that each genre / application has its favourite keys. We play about 80% of our songs in F or C (easy for the congrgation to sing along with). Just about never play anything in F# and Db.

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2008-12-09T19:00:34+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=86443#p86443 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Tue Dec 09, 2008 7:00 pm


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2008-12-09T11:04:31+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=86424#p86424 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]>
rarely have i had someone ask if all i play is harp. it's pretty obvious. but i supplement it with very dedicated vocals and decent frontman skills.

if i do have someone ask me about playing harp, i will take a few minutes to make some suggestions so they can improve their chops. not for any big ego strokes, more to pass on what's been given me over many years by many people. last week i was at a jam and had a guy blow through my crystal mic/bassman rig. it was a big thrill for him and i saw him get very excited about the tone the rig provided. that felt good.

i don't encourage gus behavior, rather i see it as an annoyance much like fruit flies. guys who want to bull their way on stage DO meet severe resistance. after all, if nobody has taught them manners yet it has to begin someplace! other hand, if someone is halfway polite and actually signs up or gets with the host and has permission and maybe an introduction, i believe in giving equal time and support to a fellow aspiring musician. one thing i've found to be a good gesture is to hand off a circle of 5ths chart to a new guy and explain how it works.

more often than not i will ask the bassist what key he's in. this will usually give me the true root key.

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2008-12-09T03:48:14+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=86417#p86417 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]> Statistics: Posted by harpdude — Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:48 am


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2008-12-08T15:31:05+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=86386#p86386 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]>
tobiepsg wrote:
harpdude wrote:why not get a set of 12 harps that covers every key out there?

Good advice. Also consider a low F and high G. I also carry a few extra's customised for full octave 2nd position playing, plus Am and Fm. A set of 22 altogether. It's quite a treat to watch the expressions on faces when they peep into my case for the first time! :D
There's no doubt than when you show up to a jam, or sit in with a band, and you pop open a case with 20 harps, some harp tools, a little flashlight, extra tubes, etc., the other guys will raise their eyebrows occasionally and there will be anticipation as to whether or not you play as good as you "look". Obviously though, it's the chops that'll separate the men from the boys.

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2008-12-08T07:39:54+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=86368#p86368 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]>
harpdude wrote:
why not get a set of 12 harps that covers every key out there?

Good advice. Also consider a low F and high G. I also carry a few extra's customised for full octave 2nd position playing, plus Am and Fm. A set of 22 altogether. It's quite a treat to watch the expressions on faces when they peep into my case for the first time! :D

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2008-12-06T01:06:50+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6819&p=86237#p86237 <![CDATA[Re: "Do you ONLY play the harmonica?" and other stupid]]>
bluzlvr wrote:
I used to run into this guitar player who was a real jerk at jam sessions all the time. The last time I ran into him, I had to leave the stage, because he called out a song in C sharp assuming (correctly) that I would'nt have right harp to play along. He ignored me when I asked him if we could do it in C or D.......


Howdy bluzlvr, why not get a set of 12 harps that covers every key out there? That way your good for the go with anyone ,anytime on stage. If you didn't have an F# harp for cross harp position, did ya have a B harp that you could've used for third position? Guess what I'm trying to get at is if us harpers want to beat the stereo type deal and garner respect from other musician's, we need to show up prepared to play in any key, proper gear or at least your own mic, and show a good understanding of stage etiquette.

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