Re: [Harp-L] Music First, Harmonica Second
The short answer might be: Most people on the list are blues types. What
else are they going to reference?
And every time something chromatic DOES come up, it get's buried. (Just watch & see)
"As I read submissions to harp-l, I often see opinions that are couched
in terms about harmonica technique but are really about taste in music, or
are heavily informed by that taste."
Hmm, I'm not a blues guy. The recent harmonica trio stuff Dave Payne
and George Miklas have been bringing up, it's been getting buried?
Realistically speaking there isn't a way to bury a topic anyhow. Either
people post on it or they don't. I recently had the pleasure of
watching Dennis Greunling sit at a table in Sacramento and give
harmonica lessons to one of the younger up and coming players. Dennis
is a blues type. None of the technique he was teaching was at all
specific to a genre of music. He's an amazing teacher by the way.
Watching James Conway teach corner switching was another treat. Sure
he's trying to play Irish music with the technique but that particular
technique is not at all specific to the music he plays. Quick big jumps
are a lot faster if you can play out of both sides of your mouth.
Robert Bonfiglio teaches this same technique and as far as I know he
isn't an Irish traditional music player. Jerry Devillier was also using
both sides of his mouth to play traditional Cajun music.
Wnen I go to seminars even really bad ones my goal is to find at least
one useful thing to take away from the experience. I pretty much can
always succeed at this. Reading harp-l is pretty much the same for me.
Amidst the constant stream of you tube links and amp talk there are some
real gems. My job is to find them. fjm
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