Re: [Harp-L] Why am I killing the 4-blow reed so quickly?

On Aug 30, 2009, at 9:02 PM, icemanle@xxxxxxx wrote:

really? full bodied doesn't particularly mean HEAVY. Are we talking about two different things here?

No, we are talking about the same thing. You play full bodied. Others simply play too hard. There's no reason for that. Just because someone is blowing their guts out, doesn't mean it's good. Far too many people in this day and age think that blasting the hell out of everything is cool. Well it ain't.

I was overhearing the wife's i-pod as she was in her sewing room. There was a tune by Tommy Dorsey. Yeah, I know, he's just some old fart from the 30s. Well, lemme tell you, his trombone sent shivers down my spine. I had forgotten how good he was. Soft and smoothe. It was art in it's purest form.
Then a few minutes later came this screaming jerk. It curdled my blood and I had to leave the house and go outside. Just a bunch of screaming and a background band that had that annoying ba-da ba-da shuffle loud drum beat. The kind that makes your heart go out of time. Who was it, you ask. Well this may not be politically correct, but it was Bruce Springsteen.

Whaaaaaaa a bunch of crap. This is what I'm talking about. Everyone yaking and yaking about this and that and playing this crap and that crap. When is everyone gonna wise up and play REAL. I guess it's a sign of the times. What happened to dressing real? Everyone walking around trying to see how shi**y they can look. Why? To attract attention? Well ya got mine. Then there's the school of 'How many freaking pieces of hardware can I inject in my facial orifices and if I don't have enough, I can make more'.

Oooh, let's see if I can wear this really really scary freaky weird hairdo. Ooooh, let's see how many filthy words I can jam into my neanderthal vocabulary. Here's the deal. Throw away all those lesson plans that talk about 3rds 5ths maj7ths dim aug 9ths, minor whatchamacallits and just play the harp. FEEL it, LIVE it. BREATHE it. LOVE it. CARESS it. Jesus.......quit making it so hard.


I bend, hold, add vibrato, have been doing so for many years and haven't had any reeds killed on any of my harmonicas. I don't use force, but finesse and control. Granted, most players of diatonic haven't embraced the finesse not force aspect, but that doesn't mean that it isn't valid.

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