[Harp-L] Re: Harmonica speed compared to other instruments
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- Subject: [Harp-L] Re: Harmonica speed compared to other instruments
- From: Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 13:58:52 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
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- Reply-to: Richard Hunter <turtlehill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
dmf 273 wrote:
<Okay, maybe there is no objective scientific way to quantify the speed
<of an instrument. Instead let me just ask your unscientific opinions:
< Please rate these instruments from slowest to fastest:
<Piano, guitar, harmonica, flute, violin, trumpet, saxophone, trombone.
< Is this a stupid question with no answer? I wonder what Bonfiglio
<would say about this topic?
I don't think there's such a thing as a stupid question, but I do think this is the wrong question. The biggest factor in speed is the player, not the instrument. A player who thinks and moves fast will find a way to make the instrument respond quickly. (Assuming that the instrument will in fact respond. Instruments that play low-frequency notes generally don't respond as quickly as instruments that play high frequency notes, because frequency is inversely proportional to wavelength, and a sound that has a looooong wavelength is going to take a little while to show up after you play it. At least that's the case with acoustic instruments.)
So the real question is: what do the players who play fast have in common that others don't? Great central nervous systems? Minds that work a certain way, by practice or predisposition? Hot girl/boy friends?
Answering those questions might help some of us play a little faster. (Although most people will probably seek hot girl/boy friends whether or not it helps them play faster.) Unfortunately, I don't think you can answer those questions with random opinions from practitioners. Among other things, as anyone who's ever tried to build an "expert system" can tell you, a lot of practitioners really have no idea how they're doing what they're doing. You need science: a hypothesis plus a bunch of people in lab coats to test it.
Good luck and regards, Richard Hunter
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