[Harp-L] Harp playing by musicians not considered harmonica players

The Iceman icemanle@xxxxx
Tue Jun 2 13:01:17 EDT 2020

sigh, not this ol' chestnut discussion again....
not every "citizen" out there listens to harmonica with the same "ears" as those on this forum. 
That being said, people like what they like. Not everyone likes the same things. 
viva la differences....

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Rubin <michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx>
To: Ronnie Schreiber <autothreads at xxxxx>
Cc: harp-l at xxxxx <harp-l at xxxxx>
Sent: Tue, Jun 2, 2020 11:29 am
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Harp playing by musicians not considered harmonica players

Harp players often conceptualize good harmonica playing by control of the
technical aspects of the harp.  I prefer musicality, which can be defined

1. a control of the contrasts of music.  Loud, quiet.  Long short.  Legato,
staccato.  High low.  single notes, chords, double stops.
2.  More ethereal ideas such as feeling, soul, emotion.  They are harder to
pin down.
3.  A sense of timing.

Bob Dylan gives me more pleasure than most of the harmonica players in the

On Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 10:01 AM Ronnie Schreiber <autothreads at xxxxx>

> I was listening to Those Were The Days, the boxed set of all of Cream's
> official releases. Their first album in particular has a lot of Jack
> Bruce's harmonica and Bruce's playing isn't half bad. Sure, he may not
> have some of the technical chops of full time harp players but his
> tasteful playing still reflects the fact that he was a world-class
> musician.
> It seems to me that some harmonica enthusiasts tend to diminish the
> harmonica playing of musicians like Bruce, Robert Plant, or Mick Jagger,
> as not serious harmonica players, but it should be pointed out that they
> were good enough players to blow harp with Cream, Led Zeppelin and the
> Rolling Stones.
> Ronnie Schreiber
> The Electric Harmonica Co.
> http://www.harmonicaster.com

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