Subject: [Harp-L] Brendan Power

Walter responds to Brendan:

Thank you for the links, unfortunately only the second or  middle link 
worked, the other two gave me a 404 file not found error  message."
...Walter..occasionally if you scan the parentheses just past the link  
you'll get the error might try typing it in instead, see if it  

"My first question is, what instrument was that piece played  on? I'm betting 
a valved diatonic, but I know I may be wrong.

You  have changed my mind about the potential of playing a chromatic 
instrument  as the tone on the piece I heard has balls, I hope you  don't 
mind the  language."
...well, whether or not Brendan minded, you are putting that language out  
there for the entire international list to read.  I personally have  managed to 
overlook the "boys will be boys" language always accepted  on this 
list...actually find your use of "balls"  much milder than  some that has passed muster 
fairly recently, so feel free to express yourself,  even though there are some 
ladies present ;)   
What I'm especially glad about is your realizing that half-valved diatonics  
aren't all "wimpy" sounding as you'd previously stated.  I had intended to  
respond to suggest you might want to give a listen to PT Gazell (I'm not all  
that familiar with Brendan's playing)...but am quite familiar  with PT's music.  
He's an amazingly good Jazz oriented player who has  garnered a very wide and 
enthusiastic audience over the last few conventions  I've attended....SPAH 
and Buckeye.  And there's nothing "wimpy" about his  playing. I'm now very 
interested in hearing more from  Brendan, too.

"One thing this list has taught me is that there are a lot of great  modern 
players that I have never heard and know nothing about.

You  piece has taught me that a great player like yourself controls the tone 
of  his instrument, the instrument doesn't dictate the tone to them.

Again,  thank you for the links, I'd love to hear the other two if possible.

Any  suggestions on my stumbling blocks?

More specifically, how do I get tone  like that on a chromatic instrument, 
and how would you suggest I go about  studying music theory, especially as it 
applies to harmonica  playing?

I want to add to that that one list member has already offered  me great 
advice on how to proceed from an earlier post of mine and I am not  
discounting that, I'm just looking for your perspective if you would be kind  
enough to share  it.



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