Re: [Harp-L] Looking for new inspiration
Tim is right and I rarely listen to harmonica players because there is nothing I can personally gain from them... not from them as a musician but not from a "sound" stand point.
This is what I was listening to this morning and have been applying it to the harp.
There are many ways to make music than just through the harp. Listen to my clips in the garden http://www.buddhasgarden.com
>From: Tim Moyer [mailto:wmharps@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>Sent: Friday, April 27, 2007 06:05 AM
>Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Looking for new inspiration
>drori hammer wrote:
>> For many years I have listened to all the traditional blues harp
>> players (as well as modern-day blues traditionalists), but I feel
>> I want to hear what the "cutting edge" of diatonic harmonica
>> players are doing. Can anyone suggest some good albums (or
>> downloads) where I can hear good "modern" diatonic playing (E.G -
>> use of overblows, different positions etc.). I have been listening
>> a LOT lately to "Satan and Adam" and Carlos Del Junco, but I`d
>> like to hear others as well
>Okay, I know it's been said a thousand times, but here it is again:
>Listen to something besides harmonica players for inspiration. Now,
>I'll admit I was turned on by folks like Carlos del Junco playing
>the music I love on harmonica in a way I hadn't imagined or didn't
>think possible, but the real inspiration for me came in trying to
>play non-harmonica music on harmonica.
>I started playing with a jazz quartet a couple of years ago, and
>nothing pushed my capabilities as much as that. One of the things I
>look forward to most in learning a new piece now is finding the harp
>key/tuning/position that best works with the melody and improv
>sections of a jazz piece, then coming up with an arrangement. There
>is no "formula" for what will work best, so I find myself trying all
>manner of different things until I'm satisfied. Even when I have
>something that "works", I'll keep trying it other ways.
>There are some good sources for "real" jazz, if you want to just
>browse: I love to tun into XM radio channel 70. When I lived in the
>Dallas, TX, area I used to listen to the radio station from the
>University of North Texas (which has an outstanding music school).
>Now that I've moved away, I listen to them online:
>Put on the jazz station, grab a set of harps (better take a full
>set, since everythings not in E, A or G -- lots of "horn keys": Bb,
>Eb, Ab), and just play along. Then go find yourself an open-minded
>jazz band that will let you sit in.
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