If you were to attend a harmonica event and there was a bass seminar:
Would you go ?
What would you like to know about bass?
Would you participate even if you have played bass for a long time?
Would you contribute to the discussions?
Who are the manufacturers of basses and how many models do they produce?
Would you want to know where to find information on the bass harmonica?
Would you go if the presenter was not a well known player or instructor?
Would you go if you knew that a bass player really needs to know how to read music?
Would you go if you heard that in an hour you can learn to play bass in 5 keys?
Tell me about anything else that would make you want to attend the seminar.
Did you find a harmonica for the gentleman? Any key will work.
Seydel-Schamann makes a special one with 8 chords. F and G blow and C and D draw. Each 4 holes with a 5th hole for each making each play the 7th of the chord. Paul Davies demos it in UTube.
There is another one from a different group but is isn't as nice as the Seydel. Seydel is $200US but he is in Canada so it may be a little less there.
I have the Seydel. There are chordal jams downloadable along with the harmonica at HarmonicaMD.com to help sufferers.
I also have COPD and some asthma. Luckily my COPD is mild as is the asthma. Either condition is helped by playing harmonica. See Harmonica MD website. He has a harmonica just for our condition. I own one. It has 8 chords.
Harmonica absolutely helps you to breathe better. I know of a number of cases that prove it.This is why I continue to learn to play. I see positive results on myself.
They do make a team. My hope for the future is that the young people coming along see that too.
I try to interest as many as I can. Maybe even some will like the "old" music that we so love.
I like music from the last century. Not so much from this one although there is some that is ok. I hate Rap, no melody. Where is the joy in that? Country music still comes through with some decent songs. Wilson-Phillips has a great one called Release Me, not the old one but very good harmony and a nice melody. I also like Gravity by John Mayer. How about Delilah by Bruno Mars but I like the girls group that sang it on the sing off program. A cappella. Not to mention the sexy lead singer!! Did I really say that? Yep!
Keith, since I was referring to "harmonica" events bass probably is expected to be the bass harmonica. There are many guitar players at SPAH but I think most, if not all, play harmonica too.
Dezzy, this "sticky" I thought all along would generate more interest and input on bass harmonica playing but alas it has been very limited. Either other bass players don't want to share or are not
here and/or interested to share in the first place.
Bass harmonicas are not "cheap" and I think contributes to some of the lack of
support this sticky gets. Bass players in general are a different lot to begin with. Bass is part of the percussion section and everybody wants to play the melody. A beginning bass harmonica like the Tombo and Easttop pocket basses cost $100+/-. The most popular bass is the double bass and even used ones are hard to find under $200. Nice used ones and re-furbished ones can run from $350-$750 or more. New Suzuki is $1100-$1200 and the new Hohner is around $1400. To have any presence in a trio or more the double basses have to be amplified and one must pay close to the mic. Single reed chromatic basses like my Tombo Contra bass do not need amplification nor do the
Practicing bass gets boring very quickly even for beginners like me, most likely due to no melody.
The next problem is finding someone to play with to fight the boredom. Playing with you gentlemen's input to this site is fine but there is no feedback. A bass player must read music and I
am coming along in this arena but still at a snail's pace. I can hardly wait to go a little faster, or a lot
I have a suspicion that young people who play drums might be the kid to look for as a future bass harmonica player. Since bass is part of the percussion section they will have the rhythm and just have to add the notes.
If you were to attend SPAH or any other get together would you want to attend a bass seminar at the event? Once there if you heard the moderator/presenter was a rather inexperienced bass player would you still attend? Would the title of the seminar affect your decision to attend the seminar?
The last several years SPAH had a "Bass Clinic". Well attended until last year and Judy Simpson was one presenter and the room overflowed.
How do you feel about "Bass Forum" or "Bass Discussion"?
So far no bass seminar is planned last time I checked with Paul Davies. I would do something even
though I really am not qualified to teach. Moderator might fit me though.
How about "Everything you need to know about bass but didn't know it."? Would this get your attention? Make you attend if only out of curiosity?
Any suggestions? Ideas?
Birthdate10. 08. 1947
About meI am relearning bass clef after not playing for 54 years. I play bass and a little chord (Seydel-Schaman). I am currently the president
of the Mile High Harmonica Club.