Not really non-harmonica related but a rant at my body. I'm five days into a head old and unable to play. Yesterday I found the Idiots guide to Blues Harmonica at the local library.
When I started, I used a Jon Gindick book, which whilst good was in a style I didn't like - written for those who don't like a technical style, well I like a technical style. So I have this book, which looks like it will fill gaps, and I can't damn well use it.
I've also just received two new harmonicas, and whilst it's nice to look at them and polish them up. I'd prefer to play them.
Since starting to learn the harmonica, if i get a cold, i take one of my cheaper harps and just practice breathing through it. Not only does it help give you your harmonica fix, but there are pulmonary benefits too. Try it if you're able.
Well, Andy, now you know why I prefer plastic comb harps to those fancy Seydels 1847s that you just got .
OK...I have a couple of 1847s too. I have an A and a G.
However, if you have something like a Session Steel, you can fill it it up with mucus and cold germs and then wash it with warm water and alcohol and rinse it under running water. That's not something you'd do with the snazzy wood combs of an 1847 (well-sealed though they may be).
I have a few harp books (the Idiot's Guides and a Gindick book) but one of the better books is a bargain basement item that came with a crap harmonica. It has the original title of LEARN TO PLAY HARMONICA. It's by Sandy Weltman. I saw it on sale for about $6.00 so I figured, "Why not?". I didn't need the laughable harmonica that it came with (which had about TWO holes in tune and two more that wouldn't make any sound). But the book is quite good and has a lot of valuable excercises. Mr. Weltman did a good job and it's too bad he allowed his work to be associated with that bad harmonica.
I have had gigs where I had to play! I keep my harps very clean to
begin with, so a cold does not deter me. I have a bottle of Mi-T-Mist
in my gig case and I spray it on after use. When I get home I mix
up a sanitizing solution: One cup water, 2 Drops of dishwashing soap,
X One cup *Alcohol, or *Hydrogen Peroxide. (*2tblsps of bleach can be substituted)
I allow the harmonicas to soak, some take the mouth covers off to get to the reeds
I don't, I let them soak for an hour. I then run them through 2 cleaning cycles in a
Branson 200 Ultra-Sonic. I know few of you guys have ultra sonic cleaners, a toothbrush
will work too after removing the covers. Remember to brush the reed form the rivet
pad to the tip. Trimming the bristles of the toothbrush with scissors will reduce the risk
of hanging it up in the reed slot. Sun light is a great sanitizer, after allowing your harps
to air dry place them on a towel somewhere with good natural sun light. The cars dash
is a good place, but, be careful to not let them get too hot. It sucks to have a cold anytime,
but if you are in the northern hemisphere, it double sucks in the summer. Fortunately they
pass in a week and we can get back to playing. If we ever stopped that is .
Get Well Soon!