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.
Thanks Sarge. I tried to post under the February song of the month topic , but could not figure out how. So somehow I ended up posting another New February song topic ?? that makes two of the same topic. I can usually handle the computer okay but I just cold not find the post button.
The monthly song "Let me call you sweetheart" fits in very well with Valentines day. But my Valentine gift to my wife didn't go over to big. Most popular gifts are a box of candy or flowers, but candy has a lot of sugar in it, and flowers wilt and get thrown
out. So this year I decided to give my wife something that was useful and practical, and that would last a long time.
So I gave her a brand new cover for the ironing board, So....to make a long story short I now play the harmonica in the laundry room.
I have only used this type of harmonica a few times, so there will be some notes that are off key. The harmonica is a Hohner Comet Octave.
Moderator, can you please delete my post on FAVORITE hARMONICAS. I have already deleted my you tube video.
My intention was to show that some types of harmonicas are best suited for certain types of songs. In this case I said that the Octave harp works best
with faster rhythmic songs. I posted a video example playing a slow song, and no matter how hard I tried, it just does not sound right on this harmonica.
It was just an example. My other posted video with the song "You Are My Sunshine" is the perfect example of what type of playing is best for this harmonica.
I regret that my posting is irritating to some. Sorry about that. My intentions were meant to be instructive and informative.
I can't say if the Hohner Octave harmonica is my favorite, I have had it only for a short time. However it is a lot of fun to play and very responsive with a big sound. Foot-tapping songs are best suited for this harp. Anyway here is my effort to play something a little slower with it.
I also have a Swan chromatic 14 hole harmonica model # 1456. First hole is G below middle C. A very nice well built harmonica, sounds pretty good
and the price is reasonable. Check it out at the Swan store website.