Re: Howard Levy video
> I watched the Howard Levy instructional video last night, and I was
> amazed. I've been "playing at" the harp for about four years and I'm
> just a rank (very rank :-)) amateur, so the things Howard can do are
> My question is, why (aside from the challenge) would anyone want to
> play the full chromatic scale on a diatonic harp? Why not just use a
> chromatic harp and be done with it?
Good question. The diatonic has a very different tone than the chromatic.
Also, you can bend notes on the diatonic for that bluesy feel. When I
hear Levy play, I sometimes wonder why anyone would play chromatic.
HOWEVER, I've been playing for about as long as you have. I am also rank.
(If only I would practice more!!) The overblow and overdraw notes that
are required to play chromatically on diatonic are very difficult for me.
When I do hit one, the tone quality is less than pleasing. So I also
play chromatic. Besides, I can do things on chromatic, like play in
octaves using tongue blocking or play semi-tone warbles using the lever,
that I can't do on diatonic. Even Howard the Great only uses some of those
"extra" notes on the diatonic as passing tones.
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