Yes, hard to find good footage of him playing, just a few bits and pieces of him playing for the most part,
I hope more of his library series gets visually recorded.
Here are a couple of tunes that I like...
I think fairly safe to say he is distinctive in his playing, songwriting...hope folks enjoy..
Here's one I like a lot. It's the 1st tune of any length that I learned a few years back.
So I haven't broken it down...it is a jazzy blues kind of thing that I find myself liking quite a bit these days, certainly nice to put in the mix of things
music starts about 28 seconds in.
Nice he gives 2 different approaches on how to play with it.
That film clip is awesome..it's really good quality that was a nice find.
It has far more than the one I had found...mostly I was breaking it down with the "lost toni" series ,and got to wondering...
.I did play it out one time, but think I wandered a bit to much from the main theme. Figured it was time spend some time with it and firm up what I'm doing or want to do..
Just wondering did Big Walter Horton do longer versions of this song during his career ?
I see people doing various versions, I always kind of thought it was a tongue blocking bit of a milestone for players to try for.
So while working on learning the song I wondered how he played it himself and came across this, which is actually pretty straight forward..
..so wondering if he came up with extended versions or did it just morphed on it's own over the years of people playing it ?
That's high energy stuff 2 gigs in a day..might be nice if someone can record you doing the song. I don't think I've ever seen/ heard someone else doing the "Creeper" ,,,,,It would be a nice tribute to him.
I'm sure you have some rock roll up your sleeve...flying saucers et all..sounded nice...Chuck Berry ish
tough to see them both go the same week
He was a huge inspiration. When he played he was like a 110% super charged. He could energize the room that was for sure.
back in the day this album came out just about the same time as,Whammer Jammmer (magic dick), Room to Move, (john mayall) and the Paul Butterfied, Better Days album...those were the tunes we were all hot to play..."back in the day"...
Here's a favorite
Thanks again it will give be plenty to work on..
I am also of the school of though keep it simple and play it really well add fancier stuff as skills allow, figure there is always room for improvement.
i notice guitarist often call out the chords they are on esp if they are teaching/learning the song with someone, so certainly to my advantage if I know where those notes or chords are on my harp...and better yet it will give a clues as to where the song is headed.
So for blues very often, some say to often, it is a 1.4,5 progression. So someone could say give me the 5 ( 7th always flatted) and I'd know what they wanted
Since I'm really not often with others still wondering a bit if jazz players or others would would call out "we are playing a a 5,6,1," for example or are they like to say give me the augmented such and such and next time through flat it...?
thanks again guys
after years of intermittent knuckle dragging (on a wide variety subjects)
I don't want to be they guy saying "duh what are the talking about" when it comes time to play harp.
on job sites (construction), we tried never to hold it against someone if they didn't know how to do something..
those that wouldn't learn..guess we might not have been so kind...
for example or
thanks for all the info and I'll also check out the book.
I often see jazz as a 2,5,1,6 and variations thereof.
So if I'm doing my homework correctly that example from earlier could also be seen as a 1,4 with a 6 , 5, 1 turnaround.
it's true it's arpeggios where we get to play and what ever chords we get, often split chords i would think.
It's in C minor I reached for a Bb harp to play in third position....I'm still not "paper trained" I don't have it committed to memory.
..I found I wasn't coming up with anything interesting but pretty confident others could.
but before I moved on I searched my harps and found an C minor (moll) Orchester 1 harp and gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised how good it sounded.
not dance music but had a nice sound to it. ( then I went in search of something more lively)
with the Ab 13 ..I count 8 for the octave then continue counting.. let me know if I 'm still confused on that
It comes up nicely for me, I'm checking it out now.
"Messin with the kid "...all sorts of good stuff.
The screen tells me Adobe Flash Player needed to view...so I assume it something I already have as part of my laptop.
The song highlighted when I put the curser on it and the play symbol comes up to click on.
Nice stuff Reed. !
Nice song from that era.
Reed: the myspace link, doesn't quite connect .
I tried also as a google search but doesn't bring up your tunes, just my space in general.
...I don't know much about such things just thought I'd let you know...
I have a rough concept that sometimes folks may just say give me a 4 chord or 6 chord etc .
So in this case..it's in the key C minor...
Cm9 - Cm9 - Cm9 - Cm9
Fm9 - Fm9 - Cm9 - Cm9
Ab13 - G7#9 - Cm9 - Cm9
So what is an Ab 13...or for that matter G7#9
here's the example I'm looking at
I found this on another website. I'm not sure who I'm quoting from, But basically sayin the reeds are stiffer with the
phosphor reeds are stiffer. I don't even know if it's true, but that could be one idea.
Curious what the original problem was before you changed them out.
".....The Bluesmaster has phosphor bronze reeds, the Harpmaster has brass reeds. Essentially the DF is a Bluesmaster with Harpmaster-style coverplates. The brass reeds are slightly lighter feeling and more flexible, whereas the PB reeds are a bit stiffer to play and longer lasting...."
Hi I just found this footage from recently.
Hope it's not to "homey" it's from a library 'series' up in down Maine' as we say around here.
Mike is certainly one of the best singer/songwriters that you've never heard of . (i take my lessons from him)
Very prolific, he isn't on harp here. Both in their 70's he's 75 I think in better shape than most.
The song isn't preachy or anything certainly an observation of things from someone who cannot see.
The song starts at about one minute in case you don't want to listen to the intro...
but if you hang in there it's a fine song
Hope you enjoy
Great video !
There's someone who took a technique to a super high level of playing.
I like the part also when he says it took him 2 or 3 days to figure it out..and I'm thinking that would take me 2 or 3 years...
Always seems like a nice fellow as well.
I was surprised the other day how tight my jaw was...sounded like snap crackle pop there a bit when I started moving it around..think it might be wise to do a bit of it for time to time when playing to keep things loose.
Interesting the whole subject didn't come up till we started working on some Celtic tunes, so perhaps that's where that technique lives the most.
I didn't know what else to name it.
For the various techniques like tongue blocking and trills,pursing single notes chords etc, etc
this one is pretty new to me though I may have seen it referenced before.
So the gist is instead of moving your head or the harp you just slide your jaw to the side for a nice smooth sounding transition.
That was for the chromatic at the time, less of a move for the diatonic.
So curious do some of you incorporate that move into your playing..?
I'm giving it a go, I'm curious also if you get an aching jaw if you get to far into it..I would think so ?
I went down to my local music store and talked about pricing and what not.
I see a lot of things are listed at a high price but are actually sold even at neighbor hood stores at a much lower price.
Told him I was just now moving on to harps that he doesn't carry (though still hohner). Showed him a couple of the rocket harps the price difference etc.
Told him they listed at 99 and plenty of big box stores will gladly sell them to you at that price..but the going price of 69 is a more accepted price.
He was fine with that, Told him I didn't want to price myself right out being a customer, but reality being what it was could he match the 69 dollar price.
(we both knew he couldn't match the super good deals that one comes across) .
He said yes, thanked me a bunch of times for asking..
....they do not make much on harps, but it keeps them as a viable, as a nice neighbor hood store,and for area musicians as well.
I know a lot depends on where you live and what not, so I'll just put it out there as a 'feel good' story.
Yes I was thinking his follow up video would be, ( or was )"How to clean up if you used to much..."
Nice video it gave me the basic ideas about air leakage and what not.
I have one chromatic that I sent off to be customized... but another here that I might be tempted to work on.
I worry that I don't have the chops to justify spending a lot of money on the chromatics, then again it's like the carrot in front of the horse, mule...ass,,
....best idea is probably to work on somebody elses chromatic..hmm I have this friend with one...