[Harp-L] does the (dis)appearance of the harp hurt its popularity?
I've been thinking that listening to harmonica is wonderful, but watching it
being played is not so fun. From an audience perspective, usually the
diatonica harmonica is mostly obscured by the hands of the player, which
makes for a kind of awkward performance (turn off the sound on any harmonica
video and it looks like some one is gagging or coughing while covering their
mouth). In rare instances, either the player's own dancing or use of hands
seems to add to the non-acoustic part of the performance or some very nice
film & editing help. Watching Sonny Boy (II) is pretty entertaining (to me
at least): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFRMBWgyH-M
I also like the way this JJ Milteau video was shot:
http://jjmilteau.artistes.universalmusic.fr/ (click on the little video
camera icon on the right).
But what I'm noticing about these examples is that they are very close up so
you can see what's going on. In Sonny Boy's case, he is also singing, which
makes for a little more variety. Most video is either shot much farther away
or if you're there live, you're not that close. Chromatic harp performances
seem more interesting visually to me simply because you can usually see the
harp itself. I'm not necessarily arguing for making the instrument more
appealing or popular, but I'm wondering what others think of how not being
able to see the instrument impacts its appeal and/or how the audience
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