Bummer they didn't have them. Look on Amazon. A real good price is $105US each. Get free shipping, look at the highest rated shippers only.
Ok, for those who play the melody how about New York New York, No NO Nanette, North to Alaska,
Night Train, Never on Sunday.
Yes there were 2 cassettes. I don't think my contact has them but I'll ask. If we can find them we should make a disc of each.
You should plan to come to SPAH in St. Louis in August. It will have about 40 of the best bass players in the country there. We might strike gold there for the cassettes. Also the bass seminar will be very good. Join SPAH.org, then sign up for the convention. Hotel rooms are going fast at $112 per night. I will be there from Monday through Saturday.
I started out buying the Tombo pocket bass. It is arranged in the circle of fifths. I now have a Tombo Contra Bass and the Suzuki double bass as well.
I hope to have the volume II on Wednesday and then will make a copy of both. My friend has to find it first, that may take more time as he has hundreds, maybe even thousands of volumes of music.
In the mean time go to StudyBass.com. Check out this site. If is for guitar bass players but read his philosophy. Start with chord patterns. Obviously this writer (teacher) has it together and there are things guitars can do that bass harmonicas cannot but his learning method is the best I could find.
The hardest thing you are going to find is practicing alone. It get boring real quick after you have learned the ambouchere for your instrument and root, third and fifths. Try to find someone to play with, someone who can read music preferably. I play with a lead player and a chord player. Most songs are not for playing the melody by the bass but I will send some that will help to practice with and volume I will have 4 or 5 melodies to play and help keep your interest.
Play in the key of G. Two quarter notes each of G, E, C, D. This is a common chord progression for quite a few songs. Listen to "Stay" by Maurice Williams and play along or Jackson Brownes' version. By the way, Stay is the shortest song to make it #1 on the charts, it is 96 seconds. This progression is I, VI, IV V.
Get yourself a clean version of the "circle of fifths" and study that. You can find one on the internet.
I will drop you an e-mail as we go along.
I have a copy of volume I and will copy it for you. I'm still checking on volume II. May get a positive answer tomorrow.
I should have addressed this on the last post. On the double basses you have to hit the note just slightly ahead of the written note to get the first reed moving to get that nice rich bass sound. If you blow too hard it will lock up and you get no sound. The first reed causes the 2nd to vibrate sympathetically and one octave apart. If you breath very softly you can cause the first reed only to respond. It is no good musically however and it is just an interesting fact. Double basses need to be played close to the mic in a group situation or soloing. Single reed basses are louder.
On single reed basses this is not the case as there is only one reed.
I know of a man that may have the audio tapes and I will see him Wednesday night so I will try to remember to ask him.
I have at least one and maybe both books. I am too busy to find them at the moment but give me a day or two. Or 3.
We can try to meet again. We are arriving on Monday. it is a 2 day drive for me so we will stop in
Lawrence, KS to visit my daughter-in-law before coming to St. Louis.
My wife has never been to the arch to go inside so we plan on that probably Tuesday. Don't know the city too well so not really sure what else there is to do. Lots of jamming though. Maybe a choice restaurant too. maybe the internet will have some ideas.
A little depends on how hot it is too as my Lovely has MS and can't take the heat. We plan the site
seeing day by day.
I started out similarly. I bought a pocket bass to see if I could even play it. After I got it I felt I could so bought a 2nd one, then went crazy and bought too many. Sold some at SPAH last year to cut down the inventory. Now I have just 7 but 3 are chord harmonicas. Real cost about $1400 total. Bass harmonicas are not cheap after the pocket basses.
Enjoy your music however you wish. That is what we all do.
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.