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12-Hole Marine Band

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Jan 16, 2009 1:40 AM GMT
I bought my first one of these the other day in G to play fiddle tunes and I love. How come I never played these before??? Too much harp?
I wonder what others think about these larger diatonics. Is the extra octave overkill? It's only necessary for fiddle tunes if you don't want to or can't play difficult bends in the lower end as far as I can tell.

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Jan 16, 2009 1:51 AM GMT
Zack P Replied:

I got one in C like Sonny Boy's. Hard to bend but fun for rhythm but for me get kind of boring quick. Really 'crisp' sound, like biting a potato chip!

Jan 17, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
Winslow Replied:

Sonny Boy made some very cool sounds with the low notes. And the blow bends above Hole 10 bend so far you can actually make one bend overlap the range of another, which allows for some very interesting effects.

You can get those low bends as your technique gains strength.

Jan 17, 2009 9:12 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

That is interesting! I can get some three and four hole bends, bu lower than that BARELY!

Jan 18, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

A lower octave harp gives you a scale with the E in it (assuming we're playing in G) you can get the same result on fiddle tunes with a Paddy Richter tuned harp, it allows you to move the fiddle tune an octave lower.

Jan 18, 2009 10:33 PM GMT
DukeofEarl Replied:

Dave: I assume if you can play the various bends in the low end smoothly then you don't need to get it tuned to Paddy Richter, right?

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