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Feb 10, 2009 1:25 PM GMT
I ordered it tonight at ELDERLY.

Harmonica key of A,B♭,C,D,G are ordered.

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Feb 17, 2009 3:59 AM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Harpmanwhatsthe verdi on the harps ?


Mar 11, 2009 12:52 PM GMT
HARPMAN Replied:


Thanks, Igot it tonight.

It is made in China.

I think it is for practice, not for live performance.

See photo

Mar 14, 2009 8:18 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

These are made in China and it's a budget line instrument aimed at newbies.

Mar 16, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Bit more info on harps. They use a tighter slot tolerance, and the plate thickness is 1.20mm, which is the same as the Hering 1923 Vintage Harp, and tho it'll play easier, for a beginner, this is a disaster because even tho it'll bend easier and play easier, it can also be blown out easier because 98% of beginners and 50-75% of intermediate players tend to play way too hard on them and usually don't know it.

Apr 03, 2009 10:03 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Bareque Bob M thanks for the up date.

I have been reading a lot about playing too hard. as a newbie, and i sorry for the inconvenance. but what isconsideredplaying to hard.

As you wrote "because 98% of beginners and 50-75% of intermediate players tend to playway too hardon them and usually don't know it." I don'tbelieveI play hard but then again maybe I do and don't know it. : )

Apr 04, 2009 8:05 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Playing too hard is generally referring to the amount of breath force being used by the player. Honestly, I have yet to meet a single newbie who thought they played too hard right off the bat, and I wish this was an exaggeration!!!

If you can possibly say yes to any of the following, then you clearly have such a problem:

  • harps getting frequently blown out
  • harps frequently going out of tune
  • finding yourself constantly playing with an extremely wet mouth
  • constantly feeling winded all the time

On top of that, many newbies tend to try and force things when they are frustrated from difficulty trying to learn a particular technique, and that's anything from getting their embouchure correct, getting bent notes, etc., and from trying to force the issue, the breath force gets stepped up 50 times over, making their problems much worse, and then the bad habits that follow gets heavily ingrained, and that makes trying to stop that 100% more difficult because of that.

Now to make matters even worse, they usually are going to be playing physically very uptight, and that magnifies all of their problems 100 fold.

Many newbies are teaching themselves, and while some do an excellent job, unfortunately, the vast majority of them, because they are often isolated and rarely, if ever, around a much more experienced, highly skilled player who really knows what's going on and won't think twice about getting in your face ASAP about it, really often have no idea what's happening. Asking a salesman in retail music stores are a waste because 99% of them know exactly next to nothing about ANYTHING remotely related to the harmonica, and most people don't have friends or relatives who are skilled, experienced players who can and will tell them what's happening here.

Apr 04, 2009 9:54 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Once again dude your right on the money.

I keep a lot of what you and other say in the back of my mind. I few times it peaks out and lets me know im doing something wrong.

I don't know any one right now that is, that know how to play. I know one guy but he holds the harp vertical ( he use to be a sax player ) he is good. But i think he blow real hard.

On the four questions below my ans were no. Ok, the last one, but imasthmaticso thats myexcuse.

The more I read on these sites the more I learn. Now if I can learn to do the hadvibratoon a mic, that would give me a little step up on theconfidencelevel.

Apr 04, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

As far as the the vibrato, is it with the hands or throat, and also acoustic or amplified?? Most guys that first started out as horn players usually tend to blow too hard because that's what they're used to doing with a horn and often becomes necessary for that, wheras for harmonica, you don't want to be doing that. For horn players, the transition can be rough.

BTW, there are more players than you think who are also asthmatics and terrific players. Two who come to mind are former Muddy Waters harpman Paul Oscher and the great Jazz chromatic player Toots Thielemans. I also have asthma as well.

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