Re: [Harp-L] Working Tools of a blues harmonica player
In a message dated 12/18/2010 5:06:15 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
<<I love your down-to-Earth approach, John! A nice set of harps that
doesn't cost the price of a Stradivarius, a set of basic but very practical
tools - and a spare set of strings for the guitar man! You have to be the
most thoughtful harmonica player on Earth! (though I do recognise the
pragmatism there as well... ;-) >>
It's just that lead/rhythm guitarists break their strings so often!
Particularly the high "E"... As the harp player, I don't want the gig to be
spoiled because of a guitarists broken string!
But carrying a chromatic electronic tuner is purely altruistic. Nothing
sounds worse than an out of tune band.
Many years ago, I was playing with my band at London's "100 Club", and our
bass guitarist broke a string... We all spent the intermission franticly
going round the other West End clubs trying to find a bass player with a
There used to be lots of live music venues back then in central London, and
there probably still are.
I am forever grateful that a bass player performing at the "Marquee Club"
had a spare string!
John "Whiteboy" Walden
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