Sarge, that's a very nice lively foot stomping style of playing Cheek To Cheek, I enjoyed that.
That's one of the C songs that I have been practicing, and planned on posting it with more practice. Compared to you my version could cure insomnia.
Here is a "B" song.
Besame Mucho -- translation is
" ( kiss me a lot ) "
Hi Irv,I have just been listening to your Begin The Beguine,I cannot believe that you have just started.to learn to play the Chromatic.That middle section is a little tricky,but you played it well.You can't play it that well unless you can read music or have been playing a number of years.How long have you been playing the Chromatic?Eric33
I assume that the song you meant is "Beyond The Sea" not Begin The Beguine". I do have an older chromatic that I have tried to play over the years as a chromatic, but I couldn't get used to it. So I played it as a diatonic for a long time.
In recent times I decided to make an effort to learn how to play the chromatic.
I don't read music, can play some songs by ear, and I also use tabs, especially on the chromatic. When I posted that I was trying to learn how to use the slide button on my new chromatic, that was not exactly what I meant.
What I do mean is not to get stuck and hesitate at button pushing time in the song, which happens very frequently. In order for me to play a song somewhat fluidly and smoothly, I have to constantly replay it over and over again, and that's how I got to play that tricky middle section you mentioned. To give you an idea , the "B" song "Beyond The Sea" was played at least 200 that's (two hundred) times before I posted it. And even now after listening to the video, I think I could have done better, with more practice. But I had to move on.
It's a great skill, talent, gift, that harmonica players like you Eric, and Sarge, and others in the club have, being able to play complete songs by ear with very little practice, wish I could do that.
Now I am in the process of learning to play another "B" song that's taking a lot of practice and involves more slide activity. It's called
Besame Mucho. I know you played it, I hope I can do as well.
Will post it soon.
Bobby Darin did record the song
"Beyond The Sea". The lyrics are about a sailor lamenting about a lost love, on a distant shore. My video tries to capture that feeling.
Thanks- Sarge, Dezzy
No I am not left handed, I know that my hand vibrato looks strange, as a matter of fact the way I play the harmonica is strange. I never learned to play and correctly orient the harmonica so that the low notes are to my left, like the low notes on a piano. So I am actually playing the harmonica backwards. When I found out that I was doing it wrong it was to hard for me to change. Now that I am learning to play the Chromatic, same thing, also play it backwards. If I do post with the chromatic you will notice right away that the slide button is facing in the wrong direction.
At the start I used lip blocking to cut out one row of reeds to play single notes. Then played both rows using the full octave. Hohner Comet Octave Harmonica.
Sarge, I also think that the Octave harmonica would fit right in and sound very impressive with your style of playing.
Thanks Dezzy, You are correct it would help if you tilted the Octave harmonica upward, to get mellow higher notes. By directing more air to the top row ( lower octave),....and if you also lip block the bottom set of reeds at the same time, the lower octave is a lot more pronounced.
You can practice this by playing a tune with the bottom holes (higher octave) completely silenced using the lip blocking technique. Hope this helps.