Chromatic harp

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RE: Chromatic harp

Postby dblues » Thu Mar 23, 2006 11:32 pm

Ditto to what BBQ Bob said. You may also need some repair on that beast but most likely it's the way you are playing it!. How old is it by the way?
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RE: Chromatic harp

Postby eline » Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:02 am

Actually, it's faily new. Probably a few months old. But to be honest with you, I don't play it as much as my other harps. It seems that only recently I've been playing it everyday. Probably about the last few weeks. I have gone in there and adjusted a few of the reeds, and it seems to play a little better, but I think you guys are right, and its the way I'm playing it. I find that certain positions and the forming of my mounth makes a difference, but having no experience, I don't know if this is right or not.

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RE: Chromatic harp

Postby dblues » Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:07 am

Well just like any instrument and especially wind instruments, it takes a lot of time and practice to get the physical aspects of playing to work correctly.



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RE: Chromatic harp

Postby eline » Fri Mar 24, 2006 2:50 am

I agree, my only concern was that I was playin' out a bad instrament. I would rather work and practice on something thats working the way its suppose to be. I don't want to be building any bad habits on a harp thats not working right.

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chrom....

Postby colmanL » Fri Jul 28, 2006 5:18 pm

here`s another way to use your tongue besides blocking. curl your tongue,point down,then cover the bottom half of the hole.this cuts the air force in half and it fattens the tone up some. also its great for going into
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]
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chromatic harmonica

Postby patfitz » Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:41 am

My 2 cents:
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.
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Postby bosco » Fri Aug 18, 2006 12:16 pm

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.

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Postby dcblues » Fri Aug 18, 2006 1:19 pm

Bosco, it's pretty easy to learn third position on the chromatic. It's not really playing chromatically, but it's a nice sound and a variation from the diatonic.
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Re: RE: Chromatic harp

Postby truck driver » Sun Sep 10, 2006 7:11 pm

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?
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Postby ricochet » Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:28 pm

That's what I call harmony.
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Postby steel1953 » Mon Oct 16, 2006 5:14 am

Hey Dblues, on the 25th song on your link, I liked the way you control those bends on the chrom.......real soulful. Even though it's not chromatic, enjoyed Patrick Whelan and you on "Sitting on the Stoop". Can tell you're pretty relaxed on your instrument.
I have several nice chroms and should spend time with them. When you play on the bottom, it reminds me of a sax............
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