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

        You write: "You only need to learn ONE octave. The other two  
(or 3) are mere duplications. "
        Ah yes; but what about the octaves D-D; E-E ; F-F etc. etc. Crossing over octaves introduces a whole new set of patterns.

>>> Joe and Cass Leone <leone@xxxxxxxx> 25/11/2008 17:26 >>>
There are umpteen reasons why a person buys a particular model or  
make. In your case, given the factors you have specified, I suggest  
chromos in the following order. Keeping in mind that price is an  
imperative. You indicated that your pockets aren't deep.

1... A Seydel professional 48 (meaning 12 holes) at maybe $100.oo  
Note: I am impressed with this model.
2... A Hering 5148 (12 holes) at maybe $100.oo ....BUT, caution,  
unless you can maintain one yourself, be careful. I play these.
3... A Hohner 270 (12 holes) at maybe $140.oo ( or the newer pro  
model is $170.oo)
4... A Hohner CX12 (12 holes) at maybe $170.oo Easiest to maintain.
5... A Suzi 48 at slightly higher price
6... A Bends 48. Still too new to give an opinion and a little over  
7... Any of the 56s (14 hole models) at slightly more money  
(generally $325.oo or so).

Chromos a new player should steer clear of.
1... Any of the cheap copies. Playing junk will make you feel like  
junk.  :(
2... The Hohner Chrometta. Beautiful sound, crappy action.
3... Any of the 16 hole models. A newer chromo player WILL burn  
through several on their way to nirvana. There is plenty of time for  
you to move up to a 16 hole.....later.

Rule#1... Let the chromo become part of your face. Get used to it  
even BEFORE you ever try to play a tune. Learn which notes are in  
every single hole. You only need to learn ONE octave. The other two  
(or 3) are mere duplications. Exercises should be waterfalls and  
stairsteps. Scales are fine, but waterfalls and stairsteps are  
better. Loosen up. Relax. Learn to play first. Get fancy later.


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