Chord Harmonicas

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!
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Chord Harmonicas

Post by triona » Fri May 15, 2020 1:33 pm

Malarz wrote:
Fri May 15, 2020 12:19 pm
Now I am having fun discovering the possibilites of the Hohner 48 Chord harmonica.
Oh, I have one too since recently. Just not yet played very much on it. :oops:

For learning I can recommend this tutorial in 16 lectures:
Al Smith, Chord Solos for the 48 Chord Harmonica;
1989, Richfield Township, OH / Washington, DC, no ISBN known
Mine came with a CD, but this seems to be a home copy.

It seems to be only available antiquarianly / second hand.
https://www.abebooks.de/erstausgabe/Cho ... 4722199/bd
This is a German website. But the seller is an american shop. I could not find their direct url. Maybe you can find it yourself, or maybe any other shop in the US.

And here you can read something about another tutorial book for the chord48 by Al Smith:
https://www.slidemeister.com/forums/ind ... ic=16536.0
http://jldyermusic.com/harmonica_hotshots


enjoy your chord chugger

dear greetings
triona


Btw:
I have some more fine chord harmonicas beside the Hohner 48/384. :D
As there were
Suzuki SSCH-56 Chord (chromatic),
Easttop Mini Chord (similar to Tombo Pocket Chord, in fact a modified copy of the Tombo, diatonic),
Hohner Vineta No.4 (diatonic with Bass, several different major and minor keys).
If there is any interest in this, I can add some more reviews about them here every now and then.
Aw, Thou beloved, do hearken to the Banshee's lonely croon!
sinn féin - ça ira !
Cad é sin do'n té sin nach mbaineann sin dó


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Re: Chord Harmonicas

Post by Malarz » Sat May 16, 2020 1:04 am

Thank you. I’d like to know how you are progressing on the Suzuki SSCH-56.

I’ve emailed the seller/distributor of the Al Smith instructional book but after two emails I still have not received a reply. A used copuy of that book is available but at twice the original price. I can wait...

Ken

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Re: Chord Harmonicas

Post by triona » Sun May 17, 2020 5:33 pm

Malarz wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 1:04 am
I’d like to know how you are progressing on the Suzuki SSCH-56.
Oh, that's really a dark chapter of my GAS. :oops:
When I tried it first at the Frankfurt International Music Fair 2016 I was really intrigued by it. Then it took 1 and 1/2 year till I eventually could purchase one. But then I found out that I could not really learn it to play just intuitively like I expected this from the faded rememberance of the testing at the fair. So it is lying around here more than it is played. :roll:

But as for I cannot endure that such a fine harmonica - and really expensive was it too - is just lying around not played, I recently started to make it accessable to me from the theoretical aspect. So I started to work out and compare closely the layout of the notes and chords. And also I need to study and eventually understand the respective harmonics better. At least I shall not give up just like that. I think I shall get it sooner or later. :D

I can report here when there is any progress. Do you have one too?


What I had forgotten in my list of chord harmonicas above is the Hohner Chordomonica II. It is a diatonic with 2 slides. It enables extended possibilities of playing chords compared to any other diatonic or chromatic harmonica. And it is easily to play intuitively for any fairly skilled player of conventional diatonics or chromatics. When I had got my first one some years ago, I had no problems to play it short after I had started with it.

Here an example, recorded at the 2018 Seydel contest:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bjV4XpOZ3E


dear greetings
triona
Aw, Thou beloved, do hearken to the Banshee's lonely croon!
sinn féin - ça ira !
Cad é sin do'n té sin nach mbaineann sin dó


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1yI3H ... 9ktgzTR2qg

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Re: Chord Harmonicas

Post by Malarz » Mon May 18, 2020 2:07 am

Yes, I also have a Suzuki SSCH-56 which I bought at less than ½ the new price. Lucky me. But, it is not an “intuitive” instrument. I know it will require time and study and patience. For now I will continue with the Hohner 48 Chord only because I more easily can see and understand the chord layout.

The instructional manual seems to be difficult to locate. I have the email and address of the the only distributor but after two emails to him I still have not received a reply. In the meantime, I’ll have to learn this instrument by trial-and-error.

Ken

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