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Bonnie Raitt performance?

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Duane C.
Jan 24, 2010 8:30 PM GMT

Seen an old Bonnie Raitt performance the other night on a "Midnight Special" DVD.

The song was (Runaway), the ? is the harp player, anyone know who it was?

If I order the album with that cut, will that harp part be on it or even the same person?

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Jan 24, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
Frank V Replied:

The harp player was Norton Buffallo.

If you order it will be the same player.

To play it like he did takes three different keyed harps.

There is a you-tube video that you can see that shows Norton playing "Runaway' and using the three different keyed harps.

Jan 24, 2010 9:02 PM GMT
Frank V Replied:

I just noticed that you are already holding the three harps!

Jan 24, 2010 10:00 PM GMT
Duane C. Replied:

Thanks Frank, appreciate your response. I had looked up her discography, but it didn't list any harp player. I have Norton Buffalo on my wish list. However since I've been using this site I have a lot of wish list, far exceeding the funds list.

Jan 25, 2010 6:04 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

4 harps. Two times around through that descending chord progression. Norton Buffalo was famous for that solo.

Jan 25, 2010 7:26 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

I cant believe the man is gone, it was just a short while ago. Do you know his was the first DVD I bought to learn how to play the harp. Norton Buffalo not only made it fun but he made it look so dam easy.

I think it just brings it on home. sorry if I want off the wrong path.

abner ( BluEyes, going home )

Jan 25, 2010 8:27 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

I've found that track. Great playing. Really sad he passed away. Norton was one of the best players.

It's just interesting does he overdub solos or changes harps so quickly.

Jan 25, 2010 9:09 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

he did the same live, no overdubbing

Jan 25, 2010 9:27 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Wow!!! I've found this video on youtube!

I can't believe my eyes! How does he finds the right harp in his pocket? How does he change them so fast without taking any of them upside down? I really need to practice such tricks. I'm overblow player but when melodyoften goes fromA minor toA major (like "while my guitar gently wheeps") I fell uncomfortable to improvise over chords and take my chomatic. So If it's possible to change harps so fast I maybe stop using chromatic for some tunes! I'm shocked.

Jan 26, 2010 5:42 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Interesting video, Boris. Man I wish I could switch harps that fast too. I can barely switch between 2 of them - he was using 4. I shove one in my shirt pocket and then I can't get it out again.

A few years ago he demonstrated this same solo at one of Dave Barrett's Harmonica Masterclass workshops and I was fortunate to be in the room. In that case, he didn't switch like in the video at all - he held all 4 harps between the palms of his hands at once, one over the next, and was able to play even the middle ones with great tone. Just try it - IT IS IMPOSSIBLE!! :0 But I saw him do it.

Guess he just has bigger hands than me. Yeah, that's it. Bigger hands. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Jan 26, 2010 11:36 AM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:

Patmissin has an article about using multiple harmonicas.

I gets interesting of using Blu-Tak. Unfortunately I really don't know what is blue tak and can't find anything like it here in russia.

Jan 26, 2010 11:52 AM GMT
Duane C. Replied:

He was switching them around so quickly I couldn't really tell how many he was using. But the playing was awesome, it certainly got my attention.

Jan 26, 2010 4:23 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Boris - I don't know "Blue Tac" but there's a product in the U.S. for holding items on shelves during an earthquake. It is called "Earthquake Hold" - it is like a sticky clay, or like used chewing gum but not quite that sticky. I don't know if that helps you but maybe it gives you an idea of where to look for it in Russia.

Norton didn't use anything like that though. Just his hands, and plenty of practice I think


Jan 26, 2010 5:37 PM GMT
John P Replied:

I have to use two harps on a few tunes since i don't OB. Golden Melodies, having larger covers and those curved ends are the easiest to hold when i've had to play 2 harps and don't want to put one one down and pick it up again. No Blue Tac or Earthquakehold required.

Jan 26, 2010 5:51 PM GMT
Duane C. Replied:

@ Boris. that's the the vid the same one I was refering to.

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