Wow, thanks John. Good stuff from a pro!
That makes sense that you would use sheet music to capture all the nuances. I am just learning to read music, and I bet transcribing will help me learn it a lot faster.
I've reached the point where I really need to start transcribing music for harmonica, primarily instrumental solos.
Many thanks to john_broecker, for posting the link for the Jazz handbook, which talks about transcribing and analyzing solos in order to understand how scales, chord progressions, melody, etc, are used in songs.
So do you have any tips for transcribing solos for the above purposes? What tools do you use in order to transcribe and then visualize how the music relates to scales, chord progressions, etc. Is sheet music notation useful for this?
BTW, I am also learning to read music and play piano.
I have Bendometer, which is pretty cool. I got it from Google Play (mobile). You can select which scale to display, which helps you practice scales, but it doesn't have the pentatonic scale (has just about every other scale). Otherwise I like it.
Reed Smith wrote:
Yeah, I researched that one. Norton uses four different harps. All he is doing is playing the chord changes in second position. I can do this song (after a fashion) by holding four harps in between different fingers. I have the keys written down somewhere if you are interested. I have seen Norton in other videos holding up to 5 harps in a stack.. so maybe he decided that was easier than trying to swap out harps during a song.
Pretty cool that you can play Orange Blossom Special Sarge.. I guess you are swapping harps for the key change?
My hat's off to you Pete.. that's some pretty challenging stuff you're playing.
I often try to play lead guitar stuff (or other lead instrument stuff) on the harp.. so great ideas for using multiple harps. Appreciate the info.
Also, one of the songs I have been doing with my guitar friend is "Ring of Fire", where I play the horn section using harp chords (but just one harp). Sounds pretty cool.
I'm sure some of you play multiple harmonicas. I often use multiple harps when there is a key change in the song.. or when I want to play chord changes like Norton Buffalo. I'm just wondering if any of you use 2 harps a full step apart to play chromatically like this guy is doing.
I was going to try the technique, and would appreciate any other references which might help me.
I have started doing jam sessions on Jamkazam with a guitar player friend of mine, since we dont live close together. It actually works.. close enough to real time to be viable. We heard about it from another guitar player that we know that jams with several others.
The sound quality is not great.. however I believe this is more a factor of the hardware we are using (PC, audio interface, etc). My PC does not meet the minimum requirements. The main thing is that we are able to jam together. I had to adjust my device settings to optimize the latency.. they have pretty good technical articles on their site.
You can even record your sessions.. and the basic service/software is free.
Anyway, pretty cool technology.