I notice nearly every time jawbone posts anything over at Adam Gussow's site that it usually ends up in triplicate, I don't know why that happens.
I started on diatonic, I was playing in a band that had a guitarist that worked in a music shop. One nite at rehearsal he handed me a 10 hole Hohner Chromatic and said, "Here's your new harp". I had no idea what I was doing, but I would play it as I walked to rehearsals. It wasn't until I actually saw someone play a chromatic, and had the chance to chat with them did the pieces begin to fall into place. I am comfortable with my chromatic playing for what it is, a blues/jazz style.
@Eric, I can't post videos either, and if I had to read, I would have to take the time to chart it out. ho-hum
Okay, we get it, you don't have to rub it in. Who do you think you are, Jbone?
Now, I know that at least one, if not two, of our members attended the annual hunt in the Shawnee National Forest. So if either of you guys have any video how 'bout posting something.
@Sarge, I think you might know who I am talking about.
You can definitely get close, in fact you may be able to play it in key if you know fifth position.
A C harmonica played in fifth will give you E. You have to own the second half step bend in hole 3 (A) but you can find examples of fifth position all over the inner net. Search: diatonic harmonica in C, fifth position, Will Wilde has some decent video instructionals. Learning scales will benefit you to no end.
The tune is in the key of Emaj. You wouldn't be able to play along with the track on a C harmonica.
Jim Fitting is playing a Marine Band 1896 key of A second position E. I have never done tabs, wouldn't know where to start, but I can tell you it isn't a difficult tune to play.
Good job on the tuning Che', just think what a decent harmonica will sound and play like.
No wars, we've known of each other for some time now. I play diatonic and chromatic harmonica daily, and yeah, my chromatics are both 64's, a Hering with a clear lucite comb built by Richard Ferrell and customized further by Gary Lehman with Be-Bop tuning,. I also have a 1974 Hohner Chromonica 64, from an estate sale that is in pristine condition.
Apples to Oranges. Learning how to bend on a diatonic means learning to bend "IN TUNE". A bend can sound great to ones ears when played solo, but the same bend played communally with one or more instruments will more than likely sound like sh*t. I still get a kick out of diatonic players who claim to know ALL the bends! Knowing them, and OWNING them, are two different levels of skill. And I agree, the half-step bend on a chromatic sounds like PURE sh*t.
As for octaves get a piano and have 8.
A diatonic can do 3 octaves.
I use my ears.
Your musical back ground will help you get back into the swing of things, especially knowing how important a proper embouchure is.
As for country music, listening to Mickey Rafael harpist for Willie Nelson's band help me a lot, that, and country scales.
Man-O-Man, Man, I wish I had a 'Bone player in my band.
@Sarge, I have a kick, snare, high-hat, and ride.
@tpbass, Trap is short for contraption. The only thing Trap-Kits catch are dumbasses that want to hang around musicians:woohoo:
Yes, you are correct, the reed tip end is the one to file when raising the pitch. I don't know which reed your are trying to tune, but if you look at reeds on the lower end you'll notice a rise or "pad" of material added to add weight on the lower pitched reeds. Use the length of these pads as a guide as to how far to sand/scrape material from the reed, this applies to both ends of the reed. Another rule of thumb for gapping the reeds also uses the reed pad, look at the thickness of the reed pad and make the reed gap (the space between the reed and the top of the plate at the reed tip) the same as the reed tip, not written in stone-overblow players like an even closer reed gap-but is a good starting place. Have at it, I get by here often enough to help you along if you have any questions.
What type of harp are you planning on using in performance. I ask because raising the pitch of one reed a half step will change the chording. I am assuming your are playing a single note melody and not chording. In that case I would recommend a harmonica tuned to Equal Temperament. Raising the pitch of one reed won't affect the over all playability of the instrument as it would a Just Intonation tuned harmonica.
Another consideration, harmonicas are tuned a bit higher than standard A440, most are tuned at least two cents higher to 442 and some as high as 443, so remember to set your tuner accordingly.
Ciao For Now, Reed
Firstly, welcome to the Harmonica Club cheburashka, I hope we can provide the answers you seek. There are many fine players here of all types of music and levels of proficiency, so feel free to ask.
You can change the pitch of a reed by removing material from the tip of the reed: The pitch will rise.
Alternately, you can change pitch by removing material from the heel end of the reed (near the rivet): The pitch will lower. By removing material from the tip of the reed you easily raise the pitch of the reed a half step. You'll need some type of shim stock to support the reed, a small file such as an automotive points file to remove the material, and a chromatic tuner. Go slowly, marking your increments and checking your tuning as you procede, ALWAYS scrape/file toward the tip when raising pitch as going toward the tip can cause the reed to kink, fixable, but why create problems.
There is no need to change reeds, as raising the pitch a half step is a piece of cake, practice on a few "bungs" before you attempt it on a good harp. If you raise it too much you can always lower it by the technique described above. Good luck, and happy harpin'.
Regards, Reed Smith (Pete)