Subject: [Harp-L] OK, breaking down and buying a chromatic. Little help???

Okay,Mike...I play chromatics.  Did the 'playing on a C chromatic  only' for 
a while (a super 64 - 16 hole chrom), but have been having a great  time for 
the last year or so playing different keyed CX-12's...(jazz mostly,  some rock, 
ballads, country, R&B, anything and everything that strikes my  fancy)....
..played all three of these songs (accompanying the videos) on my  A 
chrom....they sounded great (one-handed, due to recent shoulder surgery)....  the 
CX-12 is the only chrom I've found comfortable enough to enable me to play  that 
my original reason for getting different keys was to play along with Peter  
White's Smooth Jazz CD's....I'm a huge fan of Peter's guitar playing.
Kris Kristofferson:  Loving Her was Easier
Willie Nelson: Always on my Mind
Bob Seger: Turn the Page
(that one is for Steve Webb who recently mentioned struggling with it on  
Now i could have turned myself inside out to try to get them on a C...but I  
wanted to accompany the original to me that's the best reason to 
play  different keys.
If I'm playing alone with no recorded background, I can choose my own keys  
of course, but this is how I've been honing my chops and practicing while 
having  a great deal of fun, and from a lot of feedback I've read, most diatonic 
players  seem to transition very easily to the CX-12.
P.S. My first CX-12 in C was bought off EBay in remarkably pristine  condition
"Message: 7
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2008 16:26:29 -0800 (PST)
From: Michael  Meehan <mikemeehan2002@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [Harp-L] OK, breaking down  and buying a chromatic. Little
To:  winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx, Harp L Harp L <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>

OK, I  can't put it off any longer. Struggling to play certain songs in my 
band's list  with my diatonic harps (we play 20's and 30's jazz/pop/standards 
stuff. Kind of  jug band style) so am going to bite the bullet and try to learn 
a chromatic. I  don't know anything about them, though. I am not a pro, and 
don't have a billion  songs in my repertoire, so what do I really need? Just 
one? I know they sell  them in different keys, but I don't understand why. 
Also, what would  be a decent one to get? I can't afford a REALLY pricey one, 
but I don't mind  dishin' out a little cash to make sure I get one that does 
not sound like  garbage. 

BTW, you all are a wonderful resource, and I can't thank  you enough for the 
guidance I have received in the past. 
Regards,  Mike"

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