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That's brilliant Sarge, thanks for sharing. This is another of those tunes we've all heard, but most of us won't know the name of.
Not all tunes suit the vamped style, but this one sounds like it was especially written for it!
I suppose everyone has special memories of their first tune - I think mine was When The Saints Go Marching In...
I am looking for some suggestions on how to clean my harmonica. I think the comb is plastic with brass reeds. Any suggestions?
It is what Hohner dubbed the Rocket "Amp", identical to the rocket except the mouth covers are
not open like the standard Rocket but closed on the end like the Special 20. The "Amp" has an
unappealing (I'm guessing) lime green comb. Because of the comb the "Amp" was seeing slow
sales. Rockin Ron is offering the "Amp" at a reduced price, so I had him ship one to Richard for
the package being offered.
I have customs from several different builders each from a different country, and this work from
Richard Sleigh is the best playing and sounding harmonica of the lot. The bends are like butter,
I don't overblow, but I can sound the overblow in holes 4-6. The tuning is a very sweet take on
19 limit compromise, this instrument sings! And can sing loud! "I dig it" as Richard would say.
I did get Rocket Low in C and D, great harmonicas too, and much less in cost than the Thunderbird
which are nice, but OVERpriced.
I tongue block chords and play notes much the same as Sarge, I also use pucker embouchure.
Switching from one to the other is going to change the shape of the note a bit because you are
changing the size of the resonant chamber when sounding the note. I pucker bend the one-three
draws and switch back to Tblock for released notes. I TB all draw notes 4-10 bent or released.
I TB all blow notes 1-6 and pucker all blow bends 7-10. I never give it much thought though, just
something I have done for a long time and it works for me, but many players of my ilk employ a lot
of the same techniques so maybe it is a players nature to explore and settle on what works best for
Here is a quote from the Muck-Muck Man;
"If One Is Having Trouble Playing Harmonica, One Should Consider Spitting Out Ones Gum"
Thanks John. A friend told me that it reminded him of when he was a little kid riding a merry go round at the carnival.
You have an excellent sound and style.
Your arrangement sounds like an old
steam calliope tune, used in circus and
circus parade wagon performances.
I tongue block left, note right, but I don't leave my tongue there, I lift it up and set it down in a rhythm to the melody of the song. I've been playing that style since I was a kid so it's difficult for me to play without doing it.
It strikes me as a paradox that I try to make my t.block notes play as nice as the pucker notes do.
Mostly I notice that the "bends " come along nicely with practice, but then the trick is not to lose the
nice light sound that a harp can make. So it is quite a light touch with the tb sometimes.
It doesn't have to be always a deep "Chicago style...It can also be light like a jig... like sailors hornpipe and what not.
I'm slowly swapping over to playing with the notes on the left, tongue on the right.
So I'm always checking to make sure the notes don't sound all muddied out.
Sometimes it is they way you hold the harp and other things that don't readily come to mind.
are others here playing much the same ?
Thanks Marcy. I'm going to keep working at it.
A few more years and you'll have it down!
Hey, very exciting news! Is this one of the new low Rockets? That will be a great harp.
This is the first song I learned on a harmonica. I couldn't get a single note at the time and struggled for quite some time in order to play this song all the way through. It's a old one called Over The Waves.