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Gear Lust / Re: Chromatic
« on: December 24, 2013, 10:10:11 PM »
Ed's cleaning suggestion is a good one; add a little alcohol or mild, diluted detergent for crud removal.

It also help to get your harp warmed up before you start playing.  A cold instrument condenses warm breath and causes the windsavers to stick to the reed plate.

Congrats on pickup up the chromatic--lots of fun stuff to do on these.


Harmonica Internet Resources / Re: William Clarke Chromatic Blues
« on: December 19, 2013, 03:56:30 PM »
"Gorf, read closer, you must have missed this. One of the first things I wrote, was that the piece wasn't a Blues piece."

Disclaimer noted but you compared your playing style to a blues player's method to demonstrate that blues players don't use the slide enough and/or not as much as you.  Different worlds, different music, different arrangements.  IMHO, false comparison.

"...most players who use a Chrom for Blues just sound like Diatonic players because they play it like a Diatonic player..."

Point of entry for many crossover diatonic players into the world of chromatic is often third position minor key and they will naturally follow familiar lines.   How far the sound departs from diatonic playing is up to the skill and style of the player and, most importantly, what the music requires.

Not everyone is or will be a chromatic master.  And there is much, much more to skilled chromatic playing than button pushing in third position.   I'd recommend checking out the zillions of tab arrangements available at for a real workout on chromatic playing.  Try any piece in A or E on a C chromatic, for instance.

Personally, I would rather encourage players to engage the chromatic in any way possible that feels and sounds good rather than disparage their playing because they don't do it "my way."

Just sayin...


Harmonica Internet Resources / Re: William Clarke Chromatic Blues
« on: December 18, 2013, 01:25:33 AM »
@htrain  Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I posted it a few years back here on HB.  Do anthing and everything you can on a chromatic--it just gets better.  And don't buy off on that crap that you can do it all on a C harp.  I have five different keys and they all get used.
@nav  You are a very talented player but you aren't playing blues.  It's not how often you use the slide, it's how well and you have that down pat for your style.  But it's not blues.  Learn to play Stormy Monday in first position; I highly recommend the revised version with the jazz turn around.  That's where your playing has to be on the button.


Harmonica Playing Technique Q & A / Re: Pros that only use OOB harps
« on: December 17, 2013, 04:20:50 AM »
Lee Oskar. 

Main Stage / Re: Lindy!!!!!!
« on: December 14, 2013, 07:29:23 PM »
Tonic chord in the BT is Dm; try a C in 3rd position.  The changes later in the BT are easy in 3rd as well.  Have fun!

Harmonica Internet Resources / Re: William Clarke Chromatic Blues
« on: December 14, 2013, 06:52:11 PM »
The capacity for the chromatic to convey blues lies not with the instrument but with the player.  IMHO, there are no cold chromatics, only cold players.

If you want it blue, you can make it so but not if "true blue" is restricted to one nuance of one voice. 

A while back I recorded this chromatic/diatonic version of St. James Infirmary more or less to prove that point.  The two harps carry on a conversation based on the song's lyrics so it's easy to compare  the voices.  It may not be so easy to tell which is which!

Harmonica Internet Resources / Re: Posted a couple of videos on youtube
« on: December 11, 2013, 12:19:31 PM »
Got a listen to the first one--you really take off after about 1:20!  Nice work and yes, Toronto needs to hear more of you.

Harmonica Internet Resources / Re: Gorfalamu Caught in the Act!
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:48:21 AM »
Thanks Lips!

Hello Room / Re: Hello from France ;-)
« on: October 30, 2013, 08:39:32 PM »
Great to see Paul back--he showed me how to make notes dance to the music.

Finally got around to checking these two versions out--nice post BinG.  The Musselwhite version is easier on an A chrom with the button pushed in.

Harmonica Internet Resources / Re: Gorfalamu Caught in the Act!
« on: October 23, 2013, 10:07:25 PM »
I'm really lucky to have met this group--talented musicians who like to collaborate and know how to move the groove and we all get along.  Lots of gigs this year (we got together last Feb.) and starting to make a name for ourselves in the greater Puget Sound area.  More to come, I'm sure. 
But thanks for the kudos!

Harmonica Internet Resources / Gorfalamu Caught in the Act!
« on: October 23, 2013, 12:24:06 AM »
Here's my excuse for not keeping up with the jam.  I've been in jail.  Blues County Jail, as it were, presided over by the Blues County Sheriff.

So, here I am, playing as The Harpoon with the Blues County Sheriff at Olympia's Music in the Park.  Harp's a little heavy in the mix--sound man mic'ed it hot to the record out.  Enjoy!


Gear Lust / Re: Kalamazoo Model 1
« on: October 21, 2013, 11:03:55 PM »

Gear Lust / Re: Shure SM48
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:36:41 PM »
The SM48 is very close to the industry standard SM58; both use cardiod pattern with dynamic cartridge.  The 58 freq. response is 50-15,000, the 48 is from 55-14,000.  You get a little more bass response and a touch more upper range with the 58.  If you can get an SM48 for $50, go for it!

Gear Lust / Re: Kalamazoo Model 1
« on: October 21, 2013, 07:28:47 PM »
Both inputs feed the same channel--you will find a slight drop in volume for both inputs when both are used.

(Kalamazoo II, Weber 10A100, TAD 7250, etc)

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