Introduce yourself

Anything apart from the two mainstream default harmonicas (Solo-tuned fully-valved chromatic, and un-valved Richter 10-hole diatonic). Alternate tunings, different construction, new functionality, interesting old designs, wishful-thinking... whatever!
EdvinW
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Joined: Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:02 pm
Location: Sweden

Re: Introduce yourself

Post by EdvinW » Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:09 am

I reread my introduction, and saw I put the digits of my birth year in the wrong order... I'm in my very late 20's, not my very early 20's :D

The rest of the post wouldn't make sense had I been born in '98...

drstrange
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Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:17 am

Re: Introduce yourself

Post by drstrange » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:05 am

Hi

I am drstrange, known as drstrange in many Forums around Music or harp.
I play harp, guitar and drums and if there is no singer available even I sing.
Years ago I got a custom-harp 12 hole diminished from Brendan and it is funny.

I am nearly 60 and play since several decades some time alone direction
of Neil Young orBob Dylan, on the other Hand I play in several Bands
Blues Pop and Rock.

I live near Stuttgart Germany but native I am from Berlin.

I am also engineer for electronics and so I am also interested in amps and
amplification of Music.

BR
drstrange

ROBERT TEMPLE
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Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:49 am

Re: Introduce yourself

Post by ROBERT TEMPLE » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:42 am

Hiya friends - I have played mostly diatonic since beginning harp in 1973, maybe 1972. My first real harp hero was and still is Paul Butterfield. His "Driftin' Blues", especially his Woodstock version, really got under my skin. Soon after then I learned of the likes of Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, William Clarke and then many others. Jazz/blues, funk and West coast blues became my bag.

My harp playing has always been as a hobbyist though I have had the pleasure to sit in with some real fine musicians along the way, most unknown to the general public. Often times when playing diatonic harps, I have had to settle for second best, I have not always been able to hit the desired note on harp that I was hearing in my head which I had always found irritating and frustrating.

I think I bought my first 12-hole chromatic around 1978 but it took me decades to ever get around to learning simple chro techniques such as how to use it in third position blues. And then I fell in love with Bossa Nova and all things Brasil. Suddenly, the chro harp became my friend, the chro is MADE for Bossa Nova.

Diatonics have remained my ax of choice in the harp world and I have been branching out a bit in the past year or so by experimenting with mixed reedplates from Lee Oskar harps I've owned for decades but never used much. My best mix is using an A Major blow plate over an E Natural Minor draw plate. That gives me b7s on draw holes 3 & 7. I want to do some partial valving [palving] on that beast. Great harp so far, overbends easily, cleanly, smoothly. But there is more in store for that harp.

I have been practicing overbends since January of this year, 2018, and I can happily report that I have the technique well controlled, can get three, complete, chromatic octaves on most any key harp that I have set up. I am now able to use overbends in my sessions at the local open mics and am much better able to play along with many of my jazz albums. I practice about two hours a day on harp and often use piano to assist my studies. I don't read music very well, though since I have been studying overbends I have been using and playing piano a lot more these days and reading has become more a friend than ever. Piano really helps anybody studying music.

I'm thinking the next logical step for me in my musical explorations on harmonicas is to use valves. I like the expressions made possible only with valved harps. I also think that combining valving with so-called alt. tunings AND overbends an interesting avenue to explore.

And then comes the "EDharmonica". Veeeery interesting setup and I am just days from getting my first one. I have my own theory as to how I will use it and how I may label it. For instance, I would still call the EDharp by the blowhole one note's name, not by the blowhole two note's name, just my way of looking at the layout. I am hoping that I will be able to read a lot more about the EDharp here in the near future. Please share with us all your thoughts on this new and interesting tuning.

Thanks for being here, y'all. CHEERS !!!

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