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My other main instrument ... well, guilty pleasure is blues harmonica :-)Ever since the days I played in 'the Jukes' with Pete Hoggman ... the guy who did the 'My Boy Lollypop' harp solo ... I have been fascinated, and gigged many times as a harmonica player.Have always chewed the fat with other harp men about amplification, effects, being drowned out v drowning out the guitarist lol ...
I found this guy's series of lessons helpful...
That's the first one. Work through them step by step.
A C harp is good to get first because most online lessons use that - you can sook and blaw on the same hole and get the same pitch as the teacher. A D is handy for jamming to blues in A. I'm another Lee Oskar fan - Thomann's prices are pretty good if you're ordering a few or buying something else already (the 10 euro postage on one harp wipes out the saving). If not, just get down to your nearest music shop and buy one.
I wouldn't bother with things like mic and amp for a while - needs a bit of research, and costs money that's arguably better spent on some decent harps. You also need to work out if you want to play acoustically (cleanly amplified, like for recording or PA) or overdriven for the Chicago sound ('crap' mic and small amp getting pushed for a low-fi sound).
Bending is weird. I found various web sites that claimed to have the theory behind it nailed, full of diagrams showing tongue positions and mouth shapes, but it still took ages to get it to happen. As Ash says, it's a knack, and seems to be a case of doing odd things with your mouth and throat until it happens.
There are forums out there, but I never bothered with any of them. They can be handy when threads come up in searches, though.
NomadNobody loves me but my mother... and she could be jivin' too...
The Superlux D112 clone/copy/style of the Green Bullet seems pretty good, and Thomann's price is excellent...
About 15 quid less than even Amazon. Demo here...
Decent length of cable and built in volume control with a centre detent. Quite a heavy and bulky mic, though. I've been harbouring plans to recase the cartridge from a cheapy dynamic to get something that fits into the hand better.
The Superlux will certainly work for that.
Before I got mine, I thought it was a plastic case. When I picked it up, I realised it was all cast metal. Fixed cable as well, so you can give it a swing and get it back into action right away rather than have to go and find it when the plug comes out.
so harp is a synonym for harmonica? confusing.
I tried it a few times, could never bend a note which I really wanted to do (ala man with a harmonica) so I gave up.
Is bending notes hard or is it pretty begginer?
so harp is a synonym for harmonica? confusing. I tried it a few times, could never bend a note which I really wanted to do (ala man with a harmonica) so I gave up.Is bending notes hard or is it pretty begginer?