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  • #11997

    Danny B
    Participant

    Hi,

    I’m very new to playing harmonica.
    My aunt had a Hohner chromatic, and I always thought it was the least cool instrument in the world.

    I played instruments since childhood (flute, guitar).
    Some time ago I lost function of my right hand.

    Now the harp offers me an opportunity to keep playing.
    I really like the course, and I just played the first ‘lick of the week’.
    It’s great to be able to just play along, repeat, slow things down!

    Nice to meet you all!
    Danny

    #11998
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
    Participant

    Welcome Danny to the harmonica forum. Don’t be too discouraged if you don’t get response to your posts. This is a quiet bunch.
    Mitch created a new forum a couple of weeks back, in which you can post audio of your playing- good way to get feedback.

    I am on a road trip and hope to post something when I get home after Oct 4. Let me know if I can be of help.
    Hank Hamilton

    #11999

    Danny B
    Participant

    Hi Hank,

    thank you very much for your reply!

    I won’t be discouraged.
    I do not know how active the forum is, and thought it polite at least to introduce myself.

    Enjoy your road trip!
    Danny

    #12000
    Bill Campbell
    Bill Campbell
    Participant

    Welcome Danny,

    Glad to meet you. I am a beginner myself and no other instruments. I started out pretty good but ran up against the bends and stalled a bit
    Han has some good info, and I am waiting for more. All and any information I can get has to be some help. Hope to see you around .
    Bill Campbell

    #12001

    Danny B
    Participant

    Thank you, Bill!

    I ruined my first harp (Hohner blues harp) bending, the 2 draw used to work fine but now it neither plays the draw nor bends much, the sound is quite off.

    Therefor I binged and bought 2 (!) new harps, a Lee Oskar and a Hohner special 20.

    The advantage is, I realized how differently harps behave:
    – both new harps are much easier to play bends on than my first
    – the Lee Oskar is easy to play, bends easily, and has replace reeds (in case I ruin it again)
    – the Hohner special 20 is much more responsive than the Hohner Blues Harp, bends as easy as the Lee Oskar, and has a fuller sound
    (I do not know what Mitch plays, but might be this Hohner!)

    When trying lick of the week 1, going from the 2 hole full tone bend to 1 draw was a charm on the Hohner, while the Lee Oskar does not have such a full, loud sound on the bend (at least not the way I play!), so the 1 draw is much louder.

    Now, whenever I struggle with a bend, I try the other harp and get it working there.
    Then, when I have an idea what to do with my mouth, I play it on both harps.

    So, my bad luck of breaking the first harp has turned out into something good.

    Good to see you around,
    Danny

    #12002
    Ian
    Ian
    Participant

    Welcome to the site.
    The difference between harps is the reason why, if you carry on playing, you will end up with quite the collection!
    I settled on the marine band deluxe a couple of years ago as I figured the marine band is the most widely available harp, so if I lose one or break one when I’m away I can always get another!
    They also play beautifully imo.
    I still have a soft spot of the suzuki bluesmaster though.

    Have fun playing.

    #12020
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
    Participant

    Danny, I have Lee Oskar and Special 20 harps, but find that I play mainly the Lee Oskars. Don’t throw your old one away because at some point you can use it to learn how to work on harmonicas. Check into Mitch’s ToolShed where he shows how to disassemble and tune reeds.

    Also, at some point try out an key of A harp, the lower sound is great for chugging.

    FYI: I just posted a recording in the new Audio forum. Take a listen and give some feedback if you are so inclined

    Hank

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