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Bass Harmonica solo.

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Dec 19, 2009 5:10 PM GMT

This is a track recorded with my friend Matt Napier in Biloxi MS.

The track is called "gonna ride my bike to heaven"

I dont really have much of an opinion about mormonism, but my bass harmonica is a known polygamist. There are some missed notes and other imperfections.

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Dec 20, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Legato for bass harmonica is almost impossible, but bass harmonica is still cool thing. Tuba is cool too. Song is too long with few dynamics.

Dec 21, 2009 8:39 PM GMT
Dave F Replied:

I don't see the link to the song here, but I found it on the link you sent me,

I think it's pretty damned cool, is there some tuba in there too? Sounds like it. I particularly love the texture of the bass harp piece towards the end. You say you missed some notes, whatever, after all (to me) tone is more important than notes, and that's some cool tone! It evokes a pump organ, quite apt for the song. Keep 'em coming!

Dec 22, 2009 6:25 AM GMT
Ryan Replied:

The bass harpis bad ass. Sometime I'll be listening to some random song and and I'll suddenly realise it has a bass harp playing, like the Sanford and Son theme song. It would be awesome if the bass harp started to become popular in music other than harmonica ensembles. What brand of bass harp were you playing and was it the 29 hole or 39 hole model. It sounded like you were in a higher register than I was expecting, so I was thinking maybe you were playing the upper octave of a 39 hole model.

Dec 26, 2009 1:44 PM GMT
George M Replied:

Did you play the tuba? The natural "reed" tone of the bass harmonica was quite effective where you played it in the recording.

Here's some more bass harmonica for your enjoyment

Jan 10, 2010 9:52 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

That's pretty interesting. Bass harp is sort of a different animal. Can anyone recommend some seminal bass harmonica recordings or players I could look into? What about soprano harp and various specialty harmonicas. I'm looking to branch out from the 12 standard major keys (of which I only use about half that many harps). Oh and what about minor tuned harps and chord work? That's a question I might include in a separate post. Any thoughts on it in the meantime?

Jan 28, 2010 10:12 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:


Bass harp is not a solo instrument per se. You can listen to a lot of bass harp while listening harmonica ansambles like Adler's Trio, Harmonicamento, Con Brio and much other.

It's really pitty that bass guitar remove all this cool bass instruments like tuba, bass harmonica, bass saxophone from the scene and they become rare things.

If you're think about minor harps - they are cool. I use them sometimes if I need minor chords. I'm playing minor harp here and here

Richard hunter is great about playing minor harps.

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