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Re: Introduce yourself

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:24 pm
by crimsonchrome
hello everyone...crimsonchrome here....im a hobbyist diatonic and chromatic harmonica player....i look forward to learning from you

Re: Introduce yourself

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:06 pm
by dodtsair
Hello everyone,

At some point in my life I had decided that my left brain (math, logic) was much better then my right brain (music). I didn't want to be lopsided like a plumber so I decided to try to pickup some musical instruments as a hobby. I was an avid hiker at the time and wanted something I could take with me, chromatic, light, small. So I picked up a recorder, which I enjoyed until I tried to play a song and one note was off the bottom of my register. Recorders typically do two octaves, but the higher octave requires more skill and practice to play properly. So I decided to search for another instrument. I probably googled backpacking instruments and found the harmonica. Both the classical chromatic harmonica and the diatonic harmonica. While the chromatic harmonica did everything I originally wanted I quickly learned that all the expressive harp music was done on the diatonic harp. I quickly found myself fascinated and but also constrained, a chromatic harp could not bend, a diatonic harp could not play all music.

Which led to my left brain taking over again. I asked myself how pending works, watched youtube videos of xrays of someone bending, which was frustrating because it did not help me actually bend myself. I searched out professors and research papers on the subject. I studied reeded instruments and the science that made them work. Then my company went under and I got a severance package. I subscribed to Tech Shop and I started to tinker, trying to put answers to all my questions. Then I got a job, married, moved and have not been able to figure out which box all my harmonicas are in, and I have only now gotten the itch back trying to answer these questions, and at the same time giving my right brain some exercise.

Right now I play a seydel session steel Bb. I carry it in my pocket to work, and when things are not too busy I play it on break.