Re: [Harp-L] hold diatonic right or left hand???

What I do is switch from right to left when possible...if I know I'm going to stay in the lower register, below hole 6, I'll hold in my left hand. If I'm playing, say, a rhythm changes- based jazz tune and I know I'll be frequently ( not entirely, just frequently) above hole 6, I'll hold in the right. And if I'm gonna do my Jimmy Reed impression, I'm holding in the right.
Surely I'm not the only person who does this?
WVa Bob

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On Mar 15, 2012, at 12:37 AM, Buck Worley <boogalloo@xxxxxxx> wrote:

sorry. i disagree. you have oversimplified itBW

Subject: Re: [Harp-L] hold diatonic right or left hand???
From: madcat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Wed, 14 Mar 2012 21:55:31 -0400
To: jrumbaug@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
CC: harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx

If you are playing the harp with the low notes on the left and high notes on the right I HIGHLY recommend holding the harp in your left hand and using the right hand for cupping.

If you want to play the harp with the low notes on the right and the high notes on the left (upside down), then hold the harp in your right hand and cup with your left.

Cupping the low end sounds better than cupping the high end.

Peter Madcat Ruth
Musician - Grammy Award Winner

On Mar 14, 2012, at 8:42 PM, Jim Rumbaugh wrote:

simple answer

use your left

more complex answer
If you wanna play blues, or do some chugging sounds, the majority of your notes are in the low end of the harp, holes 1 through 6. It's easier to put your hands around those holes if your left hand holds the harp.

Jim Rumbaugh

Hello Folks,

It doesn't get more basic than this. Before I read any book, viewed any
free lessons, I picked up my diatonic to try it out. I, more or less
naturally for me, put it in my right hand and cupped with left.

So does the left/right hand matter? and why?


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