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 message...you 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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