I am what is referred to as "old school," I still use my ears to figure out runs, riffs, etc.
The guitar player in the group I play with swears by The Amazing SlowDowner from
Roni Music, ronimusic.com/ He plays the Hell out of "Hot Rod Lincoln" and
attributes it to being able to break it down with the SlowDowner. Zero pitch change,
no matter how slow the segment.
I play diatonics and 64 chromatics, I would like to think I play each with equal aplomb, but I know I'm better on the diatonic.
My favorite harmonica is one that is in tune and has a smooth comb surface. I recently acquired a Hohner 64 Chromonica in
C that Danny G dates to the late 60's early 70's, it plays superbly. I'm working up Rod Piazza's "Devil's Foot", cool tune.
I want to add more Chromatic tunes to our bands repertoire.
I have several different makes and models of harmonicas, a half dozen "custom" harmonicas, I am partial to the Hohner sound with Seydel a close second.
"Playin' harmonica is like whacking off. You mess with it long enuff, you'll figure it out!" Delbert McClinton
I don't have any reason to be thanked. I haven't posted anything, seems strange to me.
@Roach/all Will is a smart player and excellent teacher, highly recommended.
Man I know what you mean about strayin' from the O, Sarge called a couple weeks ago to ask me about
Rod Piazza's "Little Bitty Pretty One/Rockin' Robin" medley, I was outside getting my boat ready to go fishin
and didn't have a harp on me but was able to tell Jim what key and position Rod was usin from memory cause
I play it. When I got back inside I picked up a harp and played it thru once and said yeah it's in A on a D 2nd pos.
My wife liked it, my co-worker and fishin' buddy ( who plays a bit) said it sounded good.
But, a couple days later Sarge posts the Piazza version here at the HC, not having listened to it in a while I did
and soon realized that what I play and what Rod was playin weren't the same. I listen to recordings with the band I play
with and often am amazed that although it sounds good, it isn't any thing like the original we learned it from.
A new drummer once asked my bass player about rehearsals, Don said we try to have them but when we can't, just
I am doubtful your new plates will fit without drilling the comb. What you have is an older model Golden Melody, Hohner used the same pins to attach the reed plates as they continue to use on the Marine band 1986 to this day. The screws sent are of too
large a diameter for the comb. The new reed plates are drilled and tapped to receive the screws provided, the pins would not hold the new plates securely if at all. The comb on the GM is acrylic and quite brittle and often crack when drilled. *Ron has GM combs and mouth covers too if you find you need them.
I used a comb made by Blue Moon Harmonicas to rebuild my old pin assembled GM, I had to drill and tap the plates, but I have the tools necessary, I even had Tom at Blue Moon powder coat the mouth covers white which made it real smooth overall with the new comb. You can find Blue Moon Combs here: bluemoonharmonicas.com
*Rockin Ron's Music
Fish cleaning is kind of a dead end job here at Petey Pete's Fish Camp. Not a lot of room for advancement.
Now the guys that bait my hooks have the opportunity to advance. They start an Apprenticeship, advance to
Journeyman, and if they study and work hard can become a MasterBaiter in only 2 short years.
Got seven on *Senkos last time out, been really windy, have to go when I can, play hooky from work even.
Gonna try to get out tomorrow 'spose to be windy tho, have to find a phosphate pit with a wind break.
Watermelon Black W/redflake seems to be the color they're likin lately, Junebug is always a confidence color too.
Ciao for now,
BJ's is hiring prep cooks.
Here is the best harmonica vendor on the planet: rockinronsmusicsd.com
Fast, dependable, free shipping in the U.S., excellent customer service.
Ron has Golden Melody reed plates in all 12 keys, $34.60 a set.
If you are in the U.S. and order from Ron you'll receive your order in 3-4 days tops.
Or, dangeroso Spammer!!!,
FYI, I had difficulty posting/contacting his "site"
Yeah man, saw them several times, one of the absolute best nites of my life began at a J Geils concert, it was my first time ever having a date with a black girl, "Jungle Fever" kicked in so to speak.
Other than the harmonica classic "Whammer Jammer", I like "Homework", very cool harp and guitar riff on that one, used to play it in a band I was in waaaaay back in the last century sometime, the '80s were good to me.
Another great tune from their first album is their cover of Hooker's "Serves You Right To Suffer". And while Peter Wolf was a dynamic hipster jive frontman, along with Majic Dick's genius level harmonica playing, J Geils was no slouch when it came to a scorching guitar solo, he could hold his own with anyone.
If you saw them in Detroit it was at the Cinderella Ballroom, they recorded their first live album "Full House" there. At a time when live albums where often a toss off offered by the record company, and of dubious quality when compared to a studio LP,
J Geils Bands' "Full House" is considered a masterpiece for its time.
They called Boston home. J Geils died in Groton, a bit northwest of the city.
Another legend gone, John Warren Geils of the J Geils Band was found unresponsive in his home 4pm Tuesday.
Groton police said in a press release that he died of natural causes, he was 71.
It weren't so much the heat, it only reached 83, but a combo of sun, zero humidity, and wind.
Trying to stay hydrated was a feat in itself, we literally ran out of water at one point. By "burn" my
lip, I am referring to that point where you have worn away the callous and sort of blister burned your lip,
because you have dried out. But everything got REALLY hot, I literally was pouring water on my metal
bodied harps so I could slide them. The wood and plastic combs didn't hold the heat like the metals, but
brass, German silver, and aluminum bodies would dry my lips as soon as I tried to play them without H2O.
A little *Chapstick after the gig, and I'm good for today.
I am truly happy for you. I suppose your gig was in the shade, or maybe inside in the AC, nice.
Try three hours in the sun, I don't know your location, don't care, I have no reason to lie.
You asked how it went, I burned my frickin lip, other than what amounts to a minor distraction, it went well.
I am an old man, a couple years back a young lady told me she could give me Super Sex!!!
I said, "at my age, I'll take the soup".
On a serious note my harmonicas got so hot in the sun, that my Dannecker burned my lip.
I know six weeks seems like a looooong time, but it'll pass before ya know it.
Wishing you the best palomine.
Hey all the Boogalizers with Peter Burnett (Reed Smith) on harmonicas and vocals headline
the Dixieland Art Festival, Dixieland, Lakeland, Florida. The Festival is from 9a-4p, the Boogalizers
play from 12-3.
Sarge, Spydr, Suavacito, I have you guys on the guest list, arrive early and receive a free continental