Re: Bluesharp Tone

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From: "M. Erickson" <erickm@xxxxxxxxx>
To: "Robb Bingham" <robbingham@xxxxxxxxx>; <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 7:59 PM
Subject: RE: Bluesharp Tone

> I might as well add my 2 cents to this thread:
> Tone has to be evaluated in relation to the style of the music being
> Albert Collins has wonderful blues guitar tone, but that tone would be
> utterly out of place in a cover of Merle Haggards "Working Man Blues".
> Likewise, The tone of a Telecaster played through a Fender Twin in the
> Bakersfield style would have no place in a cover "Hoochie Coochie Man".
> Merle's tone and Collin's tone are both great, but the tone has to be
> considered relative to the style of music played. Williams Clark's fat,
> gorgeous tone wouldn't sound right in "Orange Blossom Special", but
> McCoy's tone sounds perfect in that song. Jazz, Classic and Country use
> cleaner tones; Blues and Rock tend to use "dirtier" tones.
> Bottom Line: Tone is the player, and the player should be able to adjust
> tone to make it appropriate for the music being played. (Good equipment
> helps.)
That's  basically what I tell people. Great tone, but the tone has got to be
appropriate to the genre of music being played. Good equipment helps, no
doubt, but that same good equipment will quickly expose someone who hasn't
got the chops!

Barbeque Bob Maglinte
Boston, MA

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