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Feb 08, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
Hello! It has always been a dream of mine to play the Harmonica as great as Howlin' Wolf or Little Walters. You know, it wasn't untill acouple days ago that i started learning a few rifts on the Harp when it occured to me that this is my calling. Frankly i'm no good and i only own a Chigago Blues, Diatonic C harp in the key of C. I'm not sure if it is any good but maybeyou guys could give me a few tips or pointers maybe even lessons over Msn. Thank you for viewing this topic.

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Feb 08, 2009 5:49 PM GMT
Tim Birdman Replied:

Hi and welcome must say i haven`t heard of this model of harp so i carn`t comment on it,the first thing you need to do though is to try and get single notes, look on you tube adam gussow` jason ricchi, and ronnie shellist, have some great lessons on there,its going to be a very long haul before you will sound anything like little walter, dont be a second hand version of him though, be your self and become a first class version of your own.

Feb 08, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
Crowson Replied:

Thanks! And i understand it will be a long way before i'm noticed as a great but i'm gonna stick with it. I'll check out those guys on Youtube and i did some research on this little harp. Turns out it's just a $5 thing, should i look in to buying a better brand or stick with this one for now?

Feb 08, 2009 6:24 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Joshua, take it slow. and just enjoy. don't think about playing like anyone else but your own sound.
I just started myself, learning only doing single notes, and listening to songs. after about two months im playing along with songs. im not looking to be great im looking to have fun and in the process i become great so be it......
after a while do record your self, but don't dam your self.
im confused as hell and still haveing fun.

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

Feb 08, 2009 6:40 PM GMT
Tim Birdman Replied:

throw that away man , theres lots of great harps out there,have a look at the posts on here, my favorite is the suzuki blues master,a very air tight and well made harp,

Feb 08, 2009 7:26 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Your frustration level with a cheap, no-name harp is likely to overcome your desire to learn. Like Tim, I recommend the Suzuki BluesMaster for a beginning player--they're very responsive at low volumes, and they bend like a warm stick of butter. Another suggestion would be a Bushman Delta Frost. Both harps will be easy enough to play to help you move past that inevitable stage of frustration.

Listen to as many good players as possible. Over time, you'll discover the sound that really excites you. In my case, the players whose playing sends shivers up my spine include Pat Ramsey, Alan Wilson, and James Harman. I've spent years listening to their playing and trying to figure out what they're doing and how I can do something similar. It's great to be inspired by other players, but don't try to sound like other players. Strive to sound like yourself.

One mistake often made by beginning players is trying to move immediately to fancy, complex riffs. It takes a very long time to get to that point. You and your listeners will be more moved by toneful, simple riffs than endless noodling. Play half the notes with twice the passion. Let the harp channel your soul. It won't happen all at once. It will take time and dedication, but if you truly feel the music, the technical details will solve themselves. After over 25 years of serious dedication, I've finally reached the point where I can play with just about anyone in almost any genre. OK, not disco or rap, but I can sit in with a country band, a rock band, a blues band, a bluegrass band, or a jazz band and not embarrass myself too badly.

You're in for a very enjoyable journey. Enjoy the ride!

Good luck!

Feb 08, 2009 8:09 PM GMT
Judge Replied:

Welcome aboard the Harp Train Brother!
Never tried a Suzuki but I'm gonna...
Suggestions; Hohner; pro, cross, special 20 or Golden Melody
A Hering or Lee Osker or Seydel.
I'd be interested in knowing what you buy.
Post it up.

Feb 08, 2009 8:43 PM GMT
Crowson Replied:

Thanks everyone! I'll be hitting up a music store either tommorow or the day after. I'll let you guys know which one i chose.

Feb 08, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Hey Brady, we need a scrolling marquee feature, so I can have a marquee that says:

Check out this page, second item down is the Sound Check Vol. 1, helluva good multi-media instruction, plus harp, $39.99...

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