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 song...so 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
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.
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