I used to own a 14 holer, and though I hated the mouthpiece, the notes themselves sounded okay.
Fantastic video, Dex, thanks for taking the effort and time to do it and sharing it here. Love the musical irony.
As a kid in the UK, I can remember getting a decent amount of snow and a snow fort might have been possible, but nowadays we barely get a light dusting. I suppose that's global warming for ya....
This would have been a good entry for that Hohner contest they do where they ask contestants to submit videos of themselves playing harmonicas in unusual places...
By the way - looking great for your age!
Every single member who's posted any constructive comment or recording has been helpful in some way. I know that from my own experience when (as a non-member) I used to browse the old site (in particular the Harmonica Happy thread) to the early months on this site when Marcy started the Song a Month project. I in turn tried my best to participate (in spite of lack of time or talent), which I hoped would encourage other fellow beginners to follow suit. Pay it forward, as it were. That camaraderie can continue to develop if we encourage it with a positive attitude.
It is certainly sad that despite the promising early discussions on the setup of this site (and the separate forum site which grew from that) in this topic, the new sites did not end up as well as was hoped and members are understandably upset about that.
However, we can't really change what happened in the past and have to look forward to the future. Perhaps a new topic should be started for a separate discussion... if enough active members are willing to put some time and commitment in, maybe we can even start up a new site - hopefully learning from past experiences to make a place which we can all be happy with.
Reed Smith wrote:
Nice one, Dex, you gave that thing a good workout.
My limited knowledge of the Orchestra S is that it covers less range (2 and a half Octaves if memory serves) so it makes sense that you are having to traverse almost the full length of the harp.
And when is that woman going to realise what a great catch you are?!?
Well done Keith! I'm glad I stopped by here to check these out.
Posting your first recordings is hard, but a great step forward in boosting your confidence. In time, you can post further recordings of the same tunes and you'll notice how much you've progressed.
My only suggestion at this point would be to either keep the microphone on a stand, or just play acoustically instead. That way, you can hold the harp with two hands and hopefully be more relaxed and that might ease the learning curve. Just a humble suggestion of course, but speaking from my own limited experience, I found that having a comfortable hold on the harp with both hands aided muscle memory and made it easier to be more accurate.
Keep up the good work, I look forward to hearing more from you.
The other point add about the 2 draw (which can also apply to other holes) is that you tongue should be as relaxed as possible; ie, flat and not humped.
Sometimes, especially when starting to learn, we strain when puckering and inadvertently hump the tongue which changes the shape of the vocal cavity. on long reeds like those on the 2 hole, it's all too easy to accidentally start to 'bend' the note which is why it can sound odd.
I strongly recommend you start with video tutorials, such as those from Liam ward or Tomlin Leckie. They are proper harmonica teachers who also release free lessons each week.
Some of their lessons are for complete beginners, and they go through each line step by step, so you can't go far wrong - and if you do, let us know and we can perhaps clarify things for you.
here are links to their sites:
Tomlin Leckie (Beginners Lessons)
Liam Ward (Beginners Lessons)