I'm the baby here I guess.
I'm just over 50 but have some hard miles,...and was never easy on my body. I still work as a field biologist, slogging through the swamp and that keeps me young, except when it makes me feel old.
So I'm kind of like Dex, somewhere between 18 and 70 depending on the day.
Congrats on your 4 score!
I'll give it a listen when I get home.
I will second Sarge's recommendation of Rockin Ron and the Easttop.
If the Easttop makes you nervous, Ron has everything else the other posters have recommended as well.
This may have been started tongue in cheek but...
I for one would look.
John has a lot to offer and I enjoy his posts.
Now I'm no pro, exactly the opposite, and I rely on tabs. But I am going to try to learn standard notation. If nothing else it will get my music reading kids off my back.
It may not be useful for every harp player, or even most, but for chromatic players looking to play unknown pieces it should be priceless. Sometimes my kids hand me a sheet and say "can you play the xxxx part". I have an easier time reading alligator tracks in the swamp.
Like ABC notation is for the trad fiddlers/ whistle players, or tab for the blues harmonica players, or Asian notation (my favorite) for tremolo... they are all great systems, but standard has it all and can be quickly scribbled out on a staff by kids who know what they are doing.
I envy the ear players as well. Someone who can play by ear and from standard notation has access to everything.
I have a mini bass and mini chord and would like to learn to play them.
As it is now I just play the roots and make a beat so my son can Solo.
I have an old Hohner bass I am trying to fix up into playing condition, and some bits and pieces of old wrecks that may turn into something useful.
My son just started on the euphonium, so we will have some bass clef books and such around, if any seem useful I will post the exercises etc.
let us know how you like it
I'd love to have a chromatic I could just keep in the truck for times when I am stuck waiting around or in traffic or whatever.
I tried a cheap 10 hole valveless that I really didn't like. No loss though, as the cover plate, reed plate, and mouthpiece screws I salvaged from it would have cost me more than the harmonica did. I may even be able to use some of the reeds for repairs to other harmonicas.
Making your own is a pain.
I've experimented and failed, a couple of successes but more trouble than they are worth.
Right now I think the best you can get are the Wally Peterman single layer valves from NewHarmonica.com. Then the new Hohner and Seydel textured valves.
He might not have needed to switch harps, for this tune, but it was probably fun and good practice.
Times when you would need to change harps would be to take advantage of available chords or to extend range up or down from the one you started with. .
I am not familiar with the contessa, it looks like an Octave harmonica to me.
If so the top row and the bottom row of holes will play the same notes, just an octave apart.
That gives them a nice loud sound.
It may also be a tremolo, same notes in pairs , but one sharper than the other, just different enough to give a tremolo effect)
The note layout may be the same as a regular Richter system diatonic harmonica.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Yours may have the notes in blocks of four ( four holes for each pair of inhale and exhale notes)
You should like it.
For some tunes a tremolo is really nice.
Another great find Dex!
If you ever want to get rid of it,
I'm another who makes noise on all kinds of harmonicas.
My favorite right now is a Low C Manji that I half valved so it is easy to blow.
I have gone through phases where the tremolo or Chromatic are my favorite, I have a G Easttop tremolo that is wonderful, and a Suzuki Humming Mate that I got a Dexter type deal on. My most played are probably the Low C Diatonic, an Easttop Tenor Chromatic, and the Humming Mate.
I have always played from tabs but am giving that up and trying to learn to read sheet music and play by ear. At first it seemed impossible but now I may see a glimmer of light. My ear has improved since taking away the crutch of the tabs.
I still cheat now and then, but once I get a start on a tune it's back to the ear or sheet music.
Good stuff Mr. Moderator!
I think your playing is coming along nicely, I've started to try to learn proper notation too.
More like one step forward, and fall on my face.
I may take Richards advice for a bit too.
Pick one type/ tuning and stick to it for a while. Maybe that will help.
I haven't been participating, but Ive been watching and enjoying what you have put up when I can. I've been busy, sick, lazy,....
Hopefully next month I will Play along, either here or in the Alphabet challenge.
I have really been enjoying that one too. Thanks to all of you who can figure out how to play, record and post!