Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Re: Chromatic and Diatonic - Understanding Music

SO agree, Rob and Mike...and I'd rather hear trad blues played  emotively 
and newer overblows which don't bother my extremely sensitive  ears at all 
than those harmonica players who stick to one diatonic  regardless of the 
song, somehow thinking that if the note isn't there they'll  simply play another 
completely wrong note instead. That's far worse than  sounding slightly out 
of tune. <G> A famous (and somehow very popular)  German player comes to 
mind. His videos were posted here some time back.   He's certainly not alone 
though, youtube is rife with players who do this.
IF one can't bend, overblow, switch off to another keyed diatonic or  
half-valve to get 'the' note, then a chromatic would seem to be the easier  
There's nothing grates on MY ears more than an entire well-known song  
played with many of the key notes missed or skipped over completely. It wouldn't 
 be considered acceptable from a pianist or any other instrument, why do 
diatonic  players seem to get a pass? 
PS: Not talking about improv-ing; that's an entirely different  
"Message: 8
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 18:57:59 -0500
From: "Rob  Paparozzi" <chromboy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Re: Chromatic  and Diatonic - Understanding Music
To: "Mike Fugazzi"  <mikefugazzi@xxxxxxxxx>, <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>

Excellent Point  Mike Fugazzi and totally true!,-) I know players on both 
perfectly tuned  Diatonic & Chromatic harps that play out of tune with and 
without  overblows.

We all need to practice playing in tune regardless of the  techniques we 

Rob Paparozzi

----- Original  Message ----- 
From: "Mike Fugazzi" <mikefugazzi@xxxxxxxxx>
To:  <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 6:27  PM
Subject: [Harp-L] Re: Chromatic and Diatonic - Understanding Music  Theory?

> Rick,
> Does traditonal blues sound out of  tune to you? Rarely do player hit
> any of the traditional bends intune.  Nor are they playing ET
> instruments...heck, often the greats had  instruments tuned to 7LI
> which, when played against ET pitches at A=440  are terribly out of
> tune.
> On Dec 6, 4:55  pm, "Rick Dempster" <rick.demps...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> So,  Mike, if you have perfect pitch, how does the new generation of 
>>  incredibly amazing overblow players strike you?
>> To me, it all sounds  out of tune, no matter how competent the player.
>>  RD

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