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Harmonicas
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:17:15 PM »
I was just purging some of my stuff and came across my old harmonica.  In the 60's and 70's I played guitar and harmonica ... folk music and ballads. I'm not up to trying to learn the guitar again but maybe the harmonica.  Would harmonica players be welcome around the campfire or is that too blasť
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2018, 07:20:49 PM »
I'm going to answer my own question.   :)  I should take up harmonica again for my own pleasure. 
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2018, 07:32:32 PM »
I think a harmonica around the campfire is enjoyable. Go for it!
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2018, 07:38:55 PM »
Thanks kdgoat for the encouragement. Is there anyone on the Forum who can give me guidance on buying a new harmonica or harmonicas?
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2018, 08:08:02 PM »
Not me! I just listen
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2018, 08:54:32 PM »
A harp would go well -- mixes fine with most other instruments, and sounds nice.

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Is there anyone on the Forum who can give me guidance on buying a new harmonica or harmonicas?

I picked up a three harp set, Hoodoo Blues, by Hohner that are much less expensive than the Blues or Marine harps, but sound about as good (to my ears, anyway). It has a C, G and D included. They have another 7 harp set (Piedmont Blues), but they are harder to play and (to me at least) don't sound as good. Of course they're still quite usable. They DO come in a very nice case, however.  ::)
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2018, 08:10:55 AM »
A harp would go well -- mixes fine with most other instruments, and sounds nice.

I picked up a three harp set, Hoodoo Blues, by Hohner that are much less expensive than the Blues or Marine harps, but sound about as good (to my ears, anyway). It has a C, G and D included. They have another 7 harp set (Piedmont Blues), but they are harder to play and (to me at least) don't sound as good. Of course they're still quite usable. They DO come in a very nice case, however.  ::)

When you 1st used the word "harp" I could not I envision anyone pulling out this huge harp and playing music around a campfire.  :o ::) :-[ (:( ;) These things stand 5' tall and more. So I googled it and came up with this:

The term harp is short for "blues harp" and they are both slang for harmonica. Yes, it is a bit confusing at times when people use the term "harp" to refer to the harmonica since there is another instrument called harp that is used in classical music (and made popular in the movies by one of the Marx Bros).
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2018, 08:28:48 AM »
Here is the harmonica that you should buy. It is the most expensive harmonica on the Internet. Anything else is just a low priced piece of junk used only by amateurs.

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Suzuki/SC-128-Tremolo-Chromatic-Harmonica-RANGE-C-D4-1274228067814.gc?cntry=us&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KCQjwnZXbBRC8ARIsABEYg6AcrHZHJj7Rzp6Hl1qBWrEFnaK7BMStHnX6vt2YjEpVpLR3mXvcrAkaArJKEALw_wcB&kwid=productads-adid^78244844802-device^c-plaid^140837317941-sku^[email protected]^PLA
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2018, 09:03:21 AM »
Well, at least the shipping is free...   ;)
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2018, 09:11:33 AM »
Here is the harmonica that you should buy. It is the most expensive harmonica on the Internet. Anything else is just a low priced piece of junk used only by amateurs.

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Suzuki/SC-128-Tremolo-Chromatic-Harmonica-RANGE-C-D4-1274228067814.gc?cntry=us&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KCQjwnZXbBRC8ARIsABEYg6AcrHZHJj7Rzp6Hl1qBWrEFnaK7BMStHnX6vt2YjEpVpLR3mXvcrAkaArJKEALw_wcB&kwid=productads-adid^78244844802-device^c-plaid^140837317941-sku^[email protected]^PLA
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2018, 09:55:32 AM »
I can save 20% if I order by August 8!

Here is the harmonica that you should buy. It is the most expensive harmonica on the Internet. Anything else is just a low priced piece of junk used only by amateurs.

https://www.guitarcenter.com/Suzuki/SC-128-Tremolo-Chromatic-Harmonica-RANGE-C-D4-1274228067814.gc?cntry=us&source=4WWRWXGP&gclid=Cj0KCQjwnZXbBRC8ARIsABEYg6AcrHZHJj7Rzp6Hl1qBWrEFnaK7BMStHnX6vt2YjEpVpLR3mXvcrAkaArJKEALw_wcB&kwid=productads-adid^78244844802-device^c-plaid^140837317941-sku^[email protected]^PLA
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2018, 09:57:35 AM »
Harpo Marx played the harp, harmonica, piano, and clarinet.  He didn't do any vocals.   :o  ;)

Harmonicas are used in classical music.  (Buddy Greene)

The term harp is short for "blues harp" and they are both slang for harmonica. Yes, it is a bit confusing at times when people use the term "harp" to refer to the harmonica since there is another instrument called harp that is used in classical music (and made popular in the movies by one of the Marx Bros).
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2018, 10:24:55 AM »
I started taking harmonica lessons when I was 10 years old so let's see that makes my old harmonica over x7 years old.  I'm going to splurge and buy the same type of harmonica that I learned on; one of the Hohner Marine series in Key C.

I haven't told poor DH Eric yet.   ;D


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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2018, 11:04:22 AM »
I started taking harmonica lessons when I was 10 years old so let's see that makes my old harmonica over x7 years old.  I'm going to splurge and buy the same type of harmonica that I learned on; one of the Hohner Marine series in Key C.

I haven't told poor DH Eric yet.   ;D

Max, anything wrong with the old one? Do they go bad after many years of non-use?
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2018, 11:13:15 AM »
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The term harp is short for "blues harp"

"Mouth harp" is also a slang term for a harmonica. Charlie McCoy sells a DVD titled "Beginning Country Harp" -- Hohner sells a "blues harp." Harmonicas are also known as mouth organs and French harps.

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Yes, it is a bit confusing at times when people use the term "harp" to refer to the harmonica since there is another instrument called harp that is used in classical music
In context it is not usually confusing, but I can see that might be true for someone not used to country, blues and several other genres that make a lot of use of the harmonica. Since that designation has been around much longer than I've been alive, I don't see a change coming soon.

Let's add Jews Harp (a single reed instrument) to the confusion, too.

BTW, harp is far from the only confusing word around -- try "stall." Many people use it when a car engine quits. In aviation it describes a certain condition with loss of lift, having nothing to do with the engine -- even a glider can stall. It is also used as a substitute for delay. And horses have their "stalls" too.
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2018, 11:46:11 AM »
One of the guitar players in our uke band plays harmonica quite effectively on some tunes. He has several harmonicas tuned differently, although he occasionally plays the wrong one.

When we have weekly uke practice, we have to play the "harmonica numbers" before the cookie break, otherwise his instrument tubes get clogged with bits of cookie  :o
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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2018, 11:49:07 AM »
One of the guitar players in our uke band plays harmonica quite effectively on some tunes. He has several harmonicas tuned differently, although he occasionally plays the wrong one.

When we have weekly uke practice, we have to play the "harmonica numbers" before the cookie break, otherwise his instrument tubes get clogged with bits of cookie :o
I thought that's what beer was meant for...clean the pipes. Rinse, swallow, repeat.
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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2018, 12:19:24 PM »
LOL Tom, no alcohol at our uke practices.
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2018, 12:25:24 PM »
LOL Tom, no alcohol at our uke practices.
I understand lemonade can be substituted for beer, but the results aren't as effective.
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« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2018, 12:34:41 PM »
Lemonade might cause a sticky mess in the tubes  ???
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2018, 01:07:09 PM »
I really like harmonicas, but I never have tried playing one. I played string (violin, guitar), piano, and oboe, but never a harmonica. I prefer the piano and guitar because I can sing at the same time! I still havenít discovered my guitar instruction books after the move, and I am determined to re-learn it.

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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2018, 01:10:49 PM »
LOL.


One of the guitar players in our uke band plays harmonica quite effectively on some tunes. He has several harmonicas tuned differently, although he occasionally plays the wrong one.

When we have weekly uke practice, we have to play the "harmonica numbers" before the cookie break, otherwise his instrument tubes get clogged with bits of cookie  :o
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2018, 01:19:37 PM »
Charlie McCoy sells a DVD titled "Beginning Country Harp"

Sorry ... no Country here.
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« Reply #23 on: August 04, 2018, 01:37:28 PM »
I really like harmonicas, but I never have tried playing one. I played string (violin, guitar), piano, and oboe, but never a harmonica. I prefer the piano and guitar because I can sing at the same time!

Pam with your musical talent learning the harmonica would be a piece of cake. However, I agree you should use your exquisite voice instead of playing a harmonica.

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Hey Pam, sure you betcha!  LOL.  I will need time to relearn the harmonica.  I still remember how to play "Way down upon the Swanee River" and "House of the Rising Sun." (I can't believe I confessed to that.) 

I just ordered a Hohner but it won't get here until Aug. 15.  :(  I'm used to instant gratification.   I don't know if I could deal with the pressure of a trio. Maybe Larry would meet up with us and play his guitar?
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #24 on: August 04, 2018, 01:50:51 PM »
Max, anything wrong with the old one? Do they go bad after many years of non-use?

Rene, harmonicas can get out of tune just like most instruments.  My old harmonica is hard to tune plus it has a dent in it.  I don't remember how the dent got there but the harmonica has been around the block a few times.  My new harmonica will be much easier to tune and clean.  However, I don't think that means I should eat cookies before playing it. 
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #25 on: August 04, 2018, 01:57:58 PM »
I bought a cheap set of 10 harmonicas (all different keys) a few years back, after first buying a few Hohners in certain keys that I played casually and enjoyed. I haven't devoted enough time to the instrument to learn note-bending yet though, which is how you can really sound cool on the harp. ;)

There might be some good YouTube beginner instructional videos available... I ran across some a few years back, but most were limited and intended to have the viewer subscribe/buy the complete lessons.
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Re: Harmonicas
« Reply #26 on: August 04, 2018, 02:18:59 PM »
Rene, harmonicas can get out of tune just like most instruments.  My old harmonica is hard to tune plus it has a dent in it.  I don't remember how the dent got there but the harmonica has been around the block a few times.  My new harmonica will be much easier to tune and clean.  However, I don't think that means I should eat cookies before playing it.

Did you use it on Eric instead of a tolling rolling pin?   :( :'( ;D 
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« Reply #27 on: August 04, 2018, 03:03:08 PM »
tolling pin?   :( :'( ;D

Rene did you mean rolling pin?  No the dent happened long before I met Eric.
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« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2018, 05:26:37 PM »
Rene did you mean rolling pin?  No the dent happened long before I met Eric.

Fixed it. Thanks.
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