Re: [Harp-L] harp experience
Way to go, Steve!!!
On Sunday, April 7, 2013 12:19:35 AM UTC-5, st...@xxxxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> Had an interesting experience last night. Two friends of mine were
> playing in a little place close to home, so my wife and I went out to
> eat and listen to them.
> A guitar player, certainly one of the top guys in town (he teaches
> guitar at a music store and had his own rock band on the road for years)
> and his girlfriend, a really good singer. I have played with them
> before a little bit, but my harp playing has been mostly non-existent
> for the past year for various reasons. (I have had a couple of major
> surgeries and some other family stuff to deal with.)
> I brought along some harps, because they always have me play a couple
> When I do this, I use a Harmonica Honker. It's easy to carry, I bring a
> mic cord and it sets up in less than a minute.
> Anyway, I played and it went rather well. Good musicians, I have found,
> are much easier to play with.
> Afterward, on their next break, the guitar player gave me a nice,
> sincere compliment on my playing on a song called Dream a Little Dream
> (Mommas and Poppas song, maybe?) All improvised and first time I have
> played it.
> Later, after I got home, he sent a note on Facebook, again with some
> praise and also telling me that some people were there for whom they are
> going to play a private party in July. "They said to invite the
> harmonica player."
> That pretty much made my year.
> I have been reading with interest, the threads lately about pedals and
> various ways to play without an amp.
> I am not claiming the Honker is the solution to everything, but it sure
> is easy to deal with and if you get the eq set right on the PA system,
> it does a pretty good job. I have recorded with it and I liked the
> result just fine. I have bullet mics and a Blues Jr. I have a Harp
> Commander. I have downsized considerably, but still have too much stuff.
> I think we get a little obsessed with all this gear stuff. I doubt the
> average person can tell any real difference, as long as you have some
> kind of natural tone and you don't play off-key.
> just my ramblings for the night. I haven't posted in a long time.
> Steve in Minn. (where it snowed about an inch at my house yesterday).
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