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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by thunder58, Sep 4, 2015.

  1. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Well I asked this question last year and had a few responses . Well , lots of new active members here lately so I was just wondering . Do you play , own , have a harp player in the band , play a harp with a neck brace while playing guitar ? If so tell us . What harps do you own ? Heres my list ;
    13 Blues Harps
    4 Echo's
    1 Golden Melody
    1 Little Lady
    1 Chromatic
    2 Special 20
    1 neck harp holder

    and gassing for a Comet ...........
    BTW - There all Hohners
     
  2. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    I had a little collection that I lost; I used to work in a music store and they let me take some of the old ones that were sitting around. Now I have nothing but toys for the kids. I've always wanted a chromatic one.
     
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Henry , treat yourself . Go get one this weekend .......
     
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  5. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    LoL, yessir!
     
  6. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
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    Enjoy it and have fun
     
  7. Random1643

    Random1643 Synchromatic

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    May 10, 2015
    Upper Midwest, USA
    Well, I'm not a harp player but love it when a good harp player sits in. There are different styles of playing. I like pretty much all of them. When I lived in Pittsburgh I had a good buddy who would sit in; for a while we had a guitar/vocal, harp & lap steel trio. That was pretty awesome.

    If you like blues-style, here's a cover I really like. Nothing But the Devil orig by Lightnin Slim: https://soundcloud.com/irony-sleepone/paul-rishell-and-annie-raines
     
  8. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    The craziest harmonica-ing I've seen was Blues Traveler in Boston, 1994. The show was not poppy like their albums; live, it's much more hard rock, twice as fast and distorted. Popper just shredded, cool tones on his harp.
     
  9. Perry Bryant

    Perry Bryant Synchromatic

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    Jan 12, 2012
    Sharpsburg, GA
    I have 1. An old $.98 harmonica that my granddad used to play. Wish I could hear him play it again. 1950's M. Hohner Old Standby. Key of A.
     
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  10. Factotum

    Factotum Gretschie

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    May 7, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Don't have one at the moment, but I've always wanted to get one. What's a good all around?
     
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  11. Henry

    Henry Friend of Fred

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    The key is to get one in a useful - er - key. Thunder should probably advise on this. It depends on if you want to play with a specific song. The common keys would probably be C G D A E majors. Again, thunder should advise, but for E major blues you might get I think an A major harp to get the D unsharped; you might be able to use a D major. I've only played harmonicas like a piano, playing simple melodies more like a flute as I just ad hoc'd it, I don't know any of the tricks, slurs, bends etc.
     
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  12. Factotum

    Factotum Gretschie

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    May 7, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Thanks for the info. If it helps clarify my question, I'd probably like a harmonica that can rock along with some Dylan tunes.
     
  13. fletch

    fletch Country Gent

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    Oct 19, 2010
    Sydney Australia
    I love harmonica, but I absolutely suck at it! (When I guess I should blow?)
     
  14. fender62custom

    fender62custom Friend of Fred

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    Mar 3, 2012
    Helidon, Australia
    love a harp player!!! l play air harp; but still suck at it!:eek:
     
  15. wabash slim

    wabash slim Country Gent

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    Feb 10, 2010
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    Most of the harp guys I've dealt with like Hohner Blues Harps. I've seen prices vary. You probably want a Marine Band, pretty much your All-American basic harmonica, played by folkies, farmers, Cowboys and convicts everywhere. There are chording harmonicas, bass harmonicas, altos, sopranos, etc.. Hohner also has an interesting 5 watt amp with a mic input, XLR line out, and reverb. The Shure Green Bullet, a piezo electric crystal mike, is the standard choice. Thing with harps is to get one four steps off---I.e. G for a song in C, C for F, D for a G tune, and so on. G is bassiest in the Blues Harp line. My brother and a couple three buddies are harp players. Beer is a part of it. Harp oil, apparently.

    it's an instrument that can go anywhere, play many songs. It's usually a one octave instrument. Easy to learn some basics, and can go virtuosic. Great for long road trips---good time to learn to play. The only way to make them louder is a mike. I've seen megaphone things that aim sideways and color the sound. Mike them thru the PA or a guitar amp. I've heard one thru a Leslie.

    My Dad and uncle both played Chromatics---badly, usually after a few beers. My father in law did country tunes on an old Hohner as well, along with guitar and fiddle.

    Enjoy!
     
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  16. Factotum

    Factotum Gretschie

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    May 7, 2015
    Chicago, IL
    Well now I'm beyond jacked. Just ordered a Hohner Special 20, Major C.
     
  17. wildeman

    wildeman Friend of Fred

    May 10, 2015
    norcal
    I love the harp myself, been playin for as long as the guitar, bout 25 years. I got a nice collection, some prewar hohners, mostly newer ones. I like acoustic harp more than electric. I think most people who play harp dont leave any space. That is one instrument that should be used sparingly imo.
     
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  18. Sarah93003

    Sarah93003 Friend of Fred

    I love playing harp. Nothing flashy, I just improvise and it works. If I'm playing guitar then I will use a neck brace. I'm partial to the Blues Harp and Golden Melody. So far I have 2 Blues Harps and 5 Golden Melodys.

    I have a pretty cool mic. I bought it years ago. A guy used to make them from tea balls. It fits very well in the hand.
     
  19. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Excellent choice Factotum . The 2 Special 20's I mentioned are kept in my car in the console . One C and one D . Yes , I do sometimes play while driving ( one hand only lol and you do note my signature after my post ) Makes my 85 year old father shake his head back and forth and my wife use some foul language ( not to bad of words ) Then she'll ask the famous question of " how the hell did I wind up with you " ( lol ) . The Special 20 has a plastic comb which will last forever and a great sound too . Good luck
     
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  20. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    Great advice Henry
     
  21. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

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    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I was very close with my grandfather . I wish your granddad could play one more time for you too . Great memories those Grandpa's.....
     
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