[Harp-L] Ode to Joy revisited
Wed Apr 11 08:24:27 EDT 2018
Inconsistency of tone is great when you want it. Not so great when you
I suppose that as with mics/amps/etc., it's horses for courses, but if
that's the case then we have to admit that the diatonic can't cover all the
Thanks, Richard Hunter
On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 8:02 AM, Michael Rubin <
michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx> wrote:
> If I want consistency of tone, I play a chromatic.
> Personally, the inconsistency of tone is one of the main things I love
> about the diatonic.
> Michael Rubin
> On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 6:56 AM, Richard Hunter <rhunter377 at xxxxx>
>> "Harping On" wrote:
>> <I was looking back in the archives at the Ode to Joy challenge but can't
>> seem to find any of the <related sound files. I very much enjoy playing
>> melodies on the diatonic but the challenge of not <only trying to get the
>> bent notes in pitch but also trying to mask the timbre differences between
>> a <bent and a straight note is troublesome to say the least.
>> <I don't know if anyone has a solution to this other than using an altered
>> tuning (say Paddy Richter) <to avoid the 2 step bend on hole 3 which is
>> difficult to mask when exposed at the end of a phrase <or you have to play
>> two -3** consecutively.
>> I don't know of anyone who can reliably do a 2-half-step bend in tune on
>> the draw 3 reed on a standard Richter harp, and at the same time avoid
>> noticeable changes in timbre. The problem is especially acute when the
>> note is exposed--out in the open and played at length--where the
>> differences in pitch and tone are unavoidably obvious. Not one of the Ode
>> to Joy submissions solved that problem.
>> The only reliable solution I know of is to use a harp that has the note
>> built-in, e.g. a Paddy Richter or Melody Maker. A workable solution is to
>> avoid playing the double bend on exposed notes, as opposed to playing it
>> a moving line where the listener won't have time to detect the pitch and
>> timbre differences.
>> Regards, Richard Hunter
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Help fund Richard Hunter's "Blue Future" killer blues record!
Check out Richard Hunter's 21st Century rock harmonica masterpiece "The
Lucky One" at https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/richardhunter
Author, "Jazz Harp" (Oak Publications, NYC)
Latest mp3s and harmonica blog at http://hunterharp.com
Vids at http://www.youtube.com/user/lightninrick
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