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BluEyes
Feb 08, 2009 3:10 PM GMT
ok I'm looking at buy some books, "dummies" and Gindric. trying to find Steve Bakers play along.
I think what I really want are cd/s that I can jam with I have The Idiots guide to playing and "First Lessons Blues Harmonica by David Barrett"
I am also a bit confused on the harps.
right now I have

Marine Band C
Hohner Special 20 C
Lee Oskar Natural Minor Gm,Cm,Fm,Am
Lee Oscar Melody Maker G,A,C

family members bought these for me this past xmas... I had no say...
and they had no idea. A friend that plays the guitar gave them the keys to buy...
so
Question:
what key should I get:
as I said I love the blues, county and a little bit of rock and roll.
Question:
Brand, I know this is so personal. The problem I see is Hohner has different models with different numbers IM looking at them and like a deer staring at a head light. I like both Hohner and Lee Oskar and I know that there are other brands...
I'm willing to spend $30 on each and up. don't worry about the cost I can buy some now and more later... I'm having a lot of fun hearing different songs finding the key and then jamming. my wife will tell me if I got it or if I'm off key... we were up till past midnight playing and singing.. after 28 yrs of marriage this is awesome..

Question: CD's that I can jam with such as "Steve Bakers play along " that I cant find.

man you cant believe how much fun I'm having. Thank you all for being part of it.


abner (Blueyes, 48 yr old freshman to the blues)


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Feb 09, 2009 1:47 AM GMT
Randy S Replied:

Norton Buffalos "Power Harmonica" on homespun tapes is excellent.
An ever better bet would be just park it in front of the computer and watch Jason and Adam Gussows stuff. I wish I had that material 15 years ago.


Feb 09, 2009 2:36 AM GMT
Elk River Replied:

C and A harps, in that order.


Feb 10, 2009 3:47 PM GMT
Stephen S Replied:

You can download David Barret's "Building Harmonica Technique" instructional videos from MelBay. The info is invaluable:

http://downloads.melbay.com/product.asp?ProductID=99107V&Heading=&category=&catID=&head1=&head2=&sub=&sub1=Building%20Harmonica%20Technique%20Volume%201%20&%202


Feb 11, 2009 11:18 AM GMT
Jawbone K Replied:

i don't "get" the natural minor harps at all. but i know what you mean about hohners. a lot of them are the same harp with different covers.
try a bushman delta frost or 2, they run about $30 or a little less. replaceable reed plates and very responsive, and john at bushman is all about customer care.

if i didn't mention on the other thread, plan to get at least most keys if you plan to play with other musicians. F, G, D, Bb, and Eb, maybe a Db. and a low F. maybe a low D.
the gindick book, rock'n'blues harmonica, had a good jam cd. amazon probably has one for sale.
it took me a while to get what i needed in harp keys. i don't keep an E or Ab or F# harp, and i've rarely had occasion to regret it. i have found a place to play most other harps. once you get past 2nd or cross position and into 3rd, you will find places to use those other harps.


Feb 12, 2009 2:57 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Thanks you guys, I have a list of harps that I plan on getting over time, mostly due to all you your great insights.
I will also be looking into the cd's. I find practicing single notes and bends to be boring, frustrating but an important part of learning.
its just nice to be able to listen to a song and try and jam with it.

always learning and having fun
abner


Feb 17, 2009 3:01 AM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

agsax, this is the post I was telling you about,,, hope it helps...

small bump

abner



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