[Harp-L] Ode to Joy revisited
Wed Apr 18 07:25:15 EDT 2018
The sound of the bent note is traditional in blues, folk, etc., so if you
only play those styles the issue doesn't come up.
If you venture outside those realms, not so perfect.
I'm not impressed by arguments that basically say "I would never want to
play anything but (blues, folk, etc.), so why should I care if I can't play
the instrument in a way that works in those genres?" I play music. I've
spent a lifetime learning the styles and techniques that go with various
types of music. Whatever I'm playing, I try to play in a way that's
consistent with the style. I don't play blues licks over bluegrass tunes,
and I'm not satisfied when I make a bluesy moan on the draw 3 hole when I'm
trying to play Beethoven. Of course some people do that--in my opinion
it's a novelty act, and it wears thin pretty quickly. The purists on both
sides tend to get uninterested fast.
That's my aesthetic. Everyone out there is welcome to pursue their own.
So if you want to hit that draw three every time with a tone that sticks
out from its surroundings like a fire alarm in a church, be my guest.
Regards, Richard Hunter
On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 10:49 PM, Rick Dempster <rickdempster33 at xxxxx>
> Why bother retuning? I love the sound of the bent note (no care for
> thesensitivities of "Classical" boffins here!)
> If you want to avoid bent notes, just play chromatic.
> On 18 April 2018 at 04:41, Richard Hunter <rhunter377 at xxxxx> wrote:
>> "Harping On" wrote:
>> <Thanks for the feedback.
>> <Ode to joy:-
>> That's one of the better attempts I've heard. That said, the difference
>> attacks between the bent and unbent tones is noticeable, and becomes more
>> so with repetition. I don't think it would work very well in concert
>> performance in front of classical music aficionados, though they might
>> enjoy the novelty of it.
>> I'd just tune the blow 3 reed up a whole step and be done with it. Some
>> things are easier than others. Playing a note that's designed and built
>> into the instrument is generally one of the easier things.
>> 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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