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Chromatic harps different world at first

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Andrew T
Mar 30, 2010 8:14 PM GMT

Finally got my first chro and I gotta tell ya, it has been a totally different animal for sure. Any thoughts, personal stories, tips, suggestions etc about chromatic harp?

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Mar 30, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Listen to lots of William Clarke. Lookup Jason Ricci's youtube vids on chromatic.

Delve in to Winslow Yerxa's articles on chromatic in the ongoing and back issues of Harmonica Sessions.

ain't busted but I'm badly bent

Apr 01, 2010 2:35 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

play with it lots, and it will open really neat doors to your music, don't get frustrated and put it down

Apr 01, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Third position third position.

keep it in your mouth

Apr 01, 2010 7:15 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

What are you looking to achieve on the instrument?? For blues, 3rd position is most common, but those who were taught by the George Harmonica Smith school of blues on a chromatic also played it in 1st position as well.

One of the first things to remember is that if you try playing it hard like the way most diatonic players too often tend to do, you will quickly find out that they will blank out on you as they don't respond well to being played hard at all.

Apr 02, 2010 12:18 AM GMT
HTrain Replied:

Here's one of the best resources for chromatic -

Apr 03, 2010 6:27 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

I'm really getting into my chro! Only had it 4 days and it's really starting to click. Learned some first and 3rd pos minor, major, and blues stuff and transposed some second position (key of G) stuff just for fun. I learned a few "Walter-esque" licks and rhythms tonight as well as a cool Dorian Mode "St. James Infirmary" with pretty simple improv available. Chords and octaves still sound lousy and I'm mixed up on a few things here in there but ultimately I finally feel off and running with chromatic harmonica. Thanks for the tips everybody. I Youtubed everyone suggested to me and thank you HTrain for the link. My technique has already improved and a few chrome myths have already been dispelled just by reading infor on that site for a half hour. Happy harpin everybody!

Apr 03, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
haggis m Replied:

I've found using some Jamey Aebersold play along books to be very helpful, majors and minors, blues in all keys. I play in 1st position, beenconcentrating on jazz and after using the aebersold tracks found that Iwas gettingaround heaps better on the instrumentin most keys,some are still a bit trickybut I guess time spent will sort that.Like other people have said, keep at it, it will all become clear young jedi.

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