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!
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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by crimsonchrome » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:24 pm

hello everyone...crimsonchrome a hobbyist diatonic and chromatic harmonica player....i look forward to learning from you

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by dodtsair » Fri Aug 02, 2019 9:06 pm

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.

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by LiverpoolHarmonica » Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:26 pm

Hi All
I am Tom from UK Liverpool - I enjoy playing Diatonic & Chromatic Harmonica

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by arsen » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:00 pm

Hi everyone,
I didn’t introduce myself yet.
My name is Arsen.
I am playing harmonica 15 years with lot of breaks.
I am from Dublin but originally from Croatia. I have mostly played Richter tuned harmonicas. I play harmonica because I got RSI on my hands by playing guitar. Harmonica seemed to me like instrument with lot of possibilities without using hands a lot. I have spent lot of times trying to learn overblow and overdraw.
Since last year I play Irish music and I found diatonic harmonica too silent for playing on sessions.
I was thinking to play chromatic harmonica but as I am interested in lot of different music styles I would have to use button a lot. And this doesn’t work with my RSI. So I gave up on chromatic.
Until one day I have seen Brendan Power’s power chromatic. That looks like exactly what I need. I wery much appreciate Brendan’s work. I am also very interested in diminish, augmented, paddy Richter, solo-dorian, ed, melody maker...tunings. Actually I am trying to find one tuning that I am going to use for improvising over chord changes.
I think that is very hard on Richter. I. M.O. It is much easier if you have learned music first on some other instrument like for example Howard Levy.
There is one more issue that i didn’t properly learn breathing from diaphragm, so after long time playing i have some pain. So i was trying to reverse plates and try to play with blowbands, but i discovered that low notes produces some ugly vibrations on diatonic harmonicas. And also you lose throat vibrato i think.
So at the moment that idea is on hold.
I am interested also in customizing harmonicas. But just related with changing tunings and to make them more airtight. Before i did that for achieving better overblow as well, but not at the moment.
So last thing that i am trying to do is to make Hohner CX 12 “PC” tuned as airtight as possible, and learn to breath from diaphragm.
2 reasons:
1. According to my small research on internet I think CX 12 is loudest chromatic harmonica.
2. PC best suits me if i want to play irish music and improvise over chord changes on same harmonica.
I have learned lot of things in this forum. Thanks everybody for that.
Sorry for maybe too long intro. and my bed English.

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by CrawfordEs » Sun Sep 15, 2019 11:31 pm

Your English is fine. Better than my skills in any language.
And thanks for the intro, it is nice to know that we aren’t alone, that there are other people out there having fun with harmonicas and trying new things.
This forum is a great place for experimenters to chat, and occasionally get info from the chief harmonica experimenter himself.
Oh, Brendan can play like crazy too.
Check out his music if you haven’t yet, and see what he does with different tunings.
I’m listening to his Chinese harmonica album again, great sounds.

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by triona » Mon Sep 16, 2019 7:18 pm

welcome here.

arsen wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:00 pm
1. According to my small research on internet I think CX 12 is loudest chromatic harmonica.
2. PC best suits me if i want to play irish music and improvise over chord changes on same harmonica.

1. That is true - as far as my experience. And many others say so too.

2. I have learned that for this the tuning has been designed. Since new I have one, and I will try to learn this.

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Re: Introduce yourself

Post by arsen » Wed Sep 18, 2019 9:56 pm

Thanks for reply CrawfordEs and Triona.
Yes i am following Brendan’s work since long time ago. When I heard first time his music I was wondering how somebody can overblow so clean and easy. I didn’t know about different tunings yet.
Thanks for info Triona.

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