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Title: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on May 22, 2011, 05:31:42 pm
I just ordered my MO after waiting a month after first finding them so I can't say anything about my musical journey with them but I will give a little information about my musical background.

I was raised in a little Baptist church that had, and still, has a wonderful music program so music and singing has been a part of my entire life.  I tried a few times to learn how to play different instruments without much in the way of results until I decide to try the Harmonica when I was in my 30's.  I took to it pretty quick and was playing a large number of songs via tab in a short time.  After about 3 years I did a few specials at church then started playing with the band on a regular basis shortly there after. I noticed that I was starting to pay less and less attention to the tabs over time and I have now reached the point to where I can pick up on a new song in a matter of a few minutes (often before they finish the first verse). 

That is just a very brief sketch of my music history.  I am looking forward to getting my MO and seeing what I can do with them.


Barry



Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on May 26, 2011, 04:05:10 pm
I received mu MO's today.  My first impressions is that they were well packed, and solidly built.  Like most people I went straight to the  MO's and ignored everything else  :-[.  I tried to play the basic scale and it sounded like I was killing my cat, so I decided to read the instructions.  A few attempts later and it started to sound a lot better.  This is going to take a little while but that is all part of the fun. Well enough for now I need to get back to playing.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on May 27, 2011, 05:38:32 am
I spent about 45 minutes with the CD and learning to play book.  I managed to play a passable Hot Cross Buns although some of the buns fell a little  ;). I guess I was getting a bit tired close to the end of my session.  Still need to work on my tone and being consistent on breath pressure.   I have a habit of letting notes fade away at times on the harmonica, I am going to have to break myself of this playing the MO because I have found the notes just go sour instead of fade out. 

I like the method of teaching the rhythm that is being used because it is not too far away from learning to sing the song  ( the method I have used on a harmonica for years). 


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings witht the MO
Post by: cerescop on May 27, 2011, 05:08:32 pm
Theres an exercise on playing and holding the notes on the bottom of the page about section 5 or 6. I found that to be a good exercise. Give it a try.  There are times when you may want to have a note trail off. listen to Al Martinos video in the home site. He uses that effect well.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings witht the MO
Post by: Harp Player on May 28, 2011, 06:44:01 am
I am trying not to jump ahead of myself too much.   I did look at lessons 2 and 3 a bit but I am still having tone problems and want to be able be able to play Hot Cross Buns without them falling, and Marry had a little lamb without it sounding like she had a buzzard before I move on.    One a positive note I am improving on my tone. I am also taking time just to try to play all major notes just by just moving up and down the scale.  I think that will be a big help  once I decide to move on in the lessons.  I am not in a hurry or a race, I play music to help me relax as much as anything so am not putting pressure on myself to get better fast. I want to take it slow and get a good foundation before moving on.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment cerescop.  I would love to here from some more MO newbies on here.


One other note: I tried to find the mentor page on the website "/mom/" and it said page not found has that been discontinued now?


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings witht the MO
Post by: cerescop on May 30, 2011, 08:47:27 pm
It won't be jumping ahead, not really. It is called the long tone exercise. Its just doing a scale with full notes at 4/4 time. We all do scales, up and down. The exercise is to develop the proper sound and hold the note. This way you practice the diatonic scale and work on your breath control to maintain the sound. The MO does not really require alot of pressure to sound really good. From what you wrote in  the forum sounds like you are over blowing the ocarina and gettin the screeching sound. Like fingernails on a chalk board. The ocarina can be blown aggressively but breath control is key. The long note exercise is there to help you with finger placement and breath control to get the tone you want to achieve. Well thats my 2 cents worth its on the bottom of page 13, middle of the book. I think it should have been farther towards the front or in a annex, in the back, for practice exercises. But its where it is because by then you have the notes/fingerings to do the exercise. But for getting the sound you want its a big help.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on May 31, 2011, 01:19:32 am
Ok, I have been doing the long tone exercise.  I am spending more time doing that than actually working on playing the lesson one songs.  I am sounding better on the left hand notes most of the time but I am not consistent.  I seldom screech, it is more like a wheeze or sometimes a 'plastic whistle' sound I am thinking it may be attack and end phase of the note is where I am going wrong.  I have not had my regular practice time today (yet) way too much going on.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on May 31, 2011, 05:53:38 am
I didn't get to play today until very late because it was just crazy.  But when I did I noticed a big change in both the MO's, somehow they figured out that they were a quality music instrument instead of a kids plastic whistle.  :)  I have been doing the long note exercises  since Friday ( got the MO on Thursday).  They are still having a little trouble with that pesky low note, but even that is sounding much better.   

Anyway after playing the unit 1 songs I moved on to  unit 2 and things went very well on the first song in the lesson and 2 of the songs in the appendix (didn't quite get grandma grunts down).  I guess that would qualify as a small breakthrough.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on May 31, 2011, 08:21:22 am
Thats progress keep at it. Rome wasn't built in a day. Enjoy the trip remember its the journey not the destination that makes it worth it to start with. lol


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 02, 2011, 05:55:08 am
Thanks, I am definitely enjoying the trip.  The MO is much less frustrating to me than the Maui Xaphoon (http://www.xaphoon.com/Intro_Page.html) was.  Not that is a bad instrument I just couldn't get the hang of the sax reed.

I officially started fiveing on June 1 because I didn't want to have a card that was 2/3 blank. I am making slow but steady progress, and I almost have grandma grunts down, but I doubt I will ever play that one again once I finish the course.  I am still doing the long note drill I think that is helping me more than anything at this point.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on June 02, 2011, 12:59:53 pm
The long note exercise really helped me with keeping the poly c sounding correctly. Stay at it you will improve faster than u think. I really enjoyed the first half of the course. Then I started playing by ear. I discovered alternate fingerings for flats and sharps and just enjoy the picking out of the notes to favorite tunes . I will be going back out on the road soon and won't have internet access often. I will check back in periodically and see if I can help if I can. I am really not that accomplished I just play for my own enjoyment. have fun...


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: ubizmo on June 02, 2011, 02:12:20 pm
Thanks, I am definitely enjoying the trip.  The MO is much less frustrating to me than the Maui Xaphoon (http://www.xaphoon.com/Intro_Page.html) was.  Not that is a bad instrument I just couldn't get the hang of the sax reed.

Even as a sax player, I find the Xaphoon very difficult to get even a semi-decent sound out of, and I eventually sold the thing!


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 02, 2011, 03:24:53 pm
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Even as a sax player, I find the Xaphoon very difficult to get even a semi-decent sound out of, and I eventually sold the thing!


Good to know it wasn't just me then. I have been dragging it out every now and then for a few days at a time for almost 5 years now.  Mostly just trying the scale thing. Sometimes it would show a little potential then squawk squeal wheeze on the notes. I guess the only reason I never sold it is because I am kinda stubborn like that. I was actually thinking of giving it another go in a few months (once I get the MO to the point of being comfortable to me).  Now that I have heard back from someone that can play the sax I may just forget it.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 03, 2011, 06:43:25 am
Well I have had my MO's for a week now (as of Thursday) and I am very happy with the progress I am making.  The Poly G is sounding better every day I still cab't quite get that lowest not to sound right, but the rest are sounding much better.  As for the C poly I it is still very raspy on the 2 lowest notes.  I have been spending quite a bit of time on the long note drill that ubizmo demonstrated on his video on getting a better sound from the MO.  Today I started on Lesson 4.  Not because I have all of songs on lesson 3 down, but because I was getting sick of just having 3 notes to play on a song.  ;D  Because of the time I had spent on the long note drill I am having no problem at all with that lesson.  I had planned on spending a week on each lesson, so I am very pleased with my progress so far and I am loving learning a new instrument.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on June 03, 2011, 09:04:34 am
Check out the video on the paper wind-way cleaner. I found that running a cleaner thru the wind-way always helped with the low note raspiness. There is a little raspiness on the lowest note sometimes because all the air going in is coming out of the only hole left the fipple. The rest of the time it has more places to go.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 10, 2011, 05:27:04 am
well I have had my MO for 2 weeks now.  I decided to slow down on progressing on the lessons, I am working on #4 and still working on some of the songs on the other 3 lessons working more on my tone and keeping things more consistent.  I will admit that I am wanting move on so I can get to playing the type of songs I am more used to playing at church.  But I still have my harmonicas of that.  I am having to work hard to break myself from ear playing on the songs and get better at reading the music.  I am hoping that the unfamiliar tunes in the book will help me to do that.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 17, 2011, 05:30:19 am
I am 3 weeks into my journey now.  I just started lesson 5 yesterday.  This is going much faster than I thought It would. I had planned on at least a week per lesson, and it may get closer to that time frame as the songs get more involved.  I am still working on getting consistent tone and better volume on the low notes.  I am getting better at reading the notes, but still having trouble with getting the rhythm just right.  I got way to dependent on on singing the words to the song while playing to keep me on track while learning and playing the harmonica. Somehow thinking do da de just don't cut it for me.  I m sure that I will adjust in time, the mind is kinda neat that way.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Yaara on June 17, 2011, 11:45:08 am
Harp Player, your posts are so much fun to read.  Keep posting!

Every time I see your subject line I think of Piers Anthony's book Blue Adept... the one where the magician who doesn't yet know he's a magician is riding the unicorn who can play music on her horn, and he's singing, "A harmonica is what you play / I wish I had one here today." 


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 17, 2011, 04:25:25 pm
I will have to try to find that book and read it.  I like fantasy books.

Thanks for the encouragement.  I had a couple of days last weekend where I didn't practice and I felt bad about it, but sometimes a break for a day or 2 can be a good thing.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Yaara on June 21, 2011, 01:03:40 am
....The book is Split Infinity, not Blue Adept.  Blue Adept is the sequel.

My obsessive-compulsiveness wouldn't let me leave that uncorrected.   :)


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 21, 2011, 05:23:04 am
I think I have read some Piers Anthony stuff but it was many years ago.   I just haven't done any serious reading the past 20 years or so.   I used to read 300-500 pages a week before I got married.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: kypfer on June 21, 2011, 07:07:15 am
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obsessive-compulsiveness
... something those who don't have it worry about. For the rest of us, it's normal  ;)


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Yaara on June 21, 2011, 12:38:01 pm
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Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 22, 2011, 07:23:56 am
The last 2 or 3 days I have been spending some time with my Polly C MO and I have seen a huge improvement in the sound of the low C note on it.  I am still not there, but it is much better.  I guess that fact that I have played Mary Had a little lamb about 50 times starting on E might have something to do with it.  Nothing like doing something over and over for a few days to get better at it. Now I just need to try to find that B note.  I have also started working on a few simple songs in the key of C  from a Hymn book I have.  They  use some notes that I haven't done on lesson 5 but that is ok, I just needed to try a more familiar type of song.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 25, 2011, 05:51:25 am
Well I have had my MO for a month already.  I moved to lesson 6 Thursday after dragging my feet some on lesson 5.  I spent most of the time on Hey Betty Martin.  For some reason it just took me a while to get it right.  Once I got that song down I had no problems with the rest of the unit.  I grew up with the old red back Church of God hymnal so I understand 6/8 time well. Actually 6/8 time is my favorite.   Hot cross buns in F and rain rain were no problem for me.  So I moved on to Long Long ago, I spent about 45 minutes with it from 11:30 PM till after midnight, and I think I have it down pretty good on both the G and the C MO.  That is the first song that I may actually keep playing some after I finish the lessons.  The Low C on the C MO is still a bit raspy sometimes but it is sounding better and getting more consistent every day.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on July 01, 2011, 05:13:16 am
Well this past week has been a challenge it getting any practice time in.  Not that I haven't wanted to, it's just been one of those weeks.  I guess the fact that I have been playing team fortress 2 on steam didn't help either :-[  Anyway I went from Friday after work until Thursday ofter work without even picking up a MO. :( All I can do it try to do better next week and keep on going after all is a journey and not a race  I am just wanting to keep enjoying the trip and not worrying about the destination.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on July 07, 2011, 05:41:31 am
I am still working (some) on lesson 6, but I have mostly been working on a song from a hymn book I have the past few days. I found the old familiar "Just as I am" in the key of C and that is what I am working on.  I already talked to the right person at church, and as soon as I am comfortable with it I am going to play it during the invitation. Hopefully with the keyboard as a backup.  Now if i can just get that pesky low C note ( C MO) to sound right ever time.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on July 13, 2011, 03:07:11 am
Hi I am back from my month on the road. I caught up on your posts. The best way I have found to get the low note to sound good most of the time is to make sure the windway is clean. Any moisture in the windway will really foul up the low note. Also the C must be warmed up a little. I have been playing in my truck, The air conditioning cools down the C and any moisture in my breath will cause a poor sounding low note until my hands warm up the C.  Then there is the always problem of making sure the holes are all properly covered. Do the above and it will sound right. keep at it. You are progressing. Breaks are imevitable. but remember to come back. enjoy the trip lol


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on July 15, 2011, 07:12:37 am
I had already found what you were saying about the making sure about the windway and the holes being covered.  But the thing about the C needing to be warmed up was one thing that I had not thought about.  I have noticed that it usually takes me a few minutes to get the low note to sound right then it seems to sound good for a while.  I thought it was just me taking a little time to figure it out again.

I am currently working on lesson 7 and lesson 8 ( still trying to get a couple of he songs just right from lesson 7)

I am also working on "just as I am" from one of my hymn books.  I realized what I was doing wrong on one spot that was giving me some trouble when I did my practice session after work Thursday.  I am planning on playing it during the invitation time at church in the next couple of weeks.  The main thing that has been the hold up is that pesky low C note but thanks to your tips I think I can feel safe playing it soon.  I play my harmonicas there every week so playing at church is nothing new, but it will be my first time playing the MO in public so I want to make sure I don't mess it up too bad.


I hope you had a wonderful trip.  I have wanted to do something like that for many years.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on July 16, 2011, 07:40:39 am
No it was a bad trip. I l\kept having equipment problems. The truck has way to much electronic junk on the engines now. It kept throwing codes and the dashboard lighting up like a christmas tree with lights and warning buzzers. The trailers have a refrigeration unit on the front which is powered by a kubota diesel engine. The engine and the refrigeration pump were both leaking oil. It got all over the catwalk across the back of the truck. The next trailer had a leak in the low pressure side of the refrigeration pump. I had to get it repaired twice enroute to houston from indianapolis. I had to spend so much time on the repairs the load was late. Gave me lots of time to pick out tunes. I took the beginning of "Danny Boy"  from Moonsyne's  tabs and finished it. I had to drop the last two verses down to stay in the range of the instrument but it sounds OK.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on July 16, 2011, 06:46:22 pm
I have been saying for years that computers don't belong on cars and trucks, that is why I am still driving an early 80's model nissan pickup. It don't have any of that junk on it.

Danny boy is a very pretty melody and has been used on a number of songs over the years.  I have played it on my harmonica many times.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on July 25, 2011, 03:55:07 am
It has been a few days since I posted anything.   I am currently working on lesson 8 in the book.  I can play Yankee doodle now but no where as fast as what is on the CD, so I am still working on it some.  I haven't been getting every song in each unit down real good because some of them just don't interest me enough to put a lot of time into them.  I hope that don't come  back to haunt me later on.

On a more interesting note:  Today after church I was just hanging out and chatting  with some friends and ended up showing them my PollY C, and I played a few bars of "Just as I am" for them.   That was my first time playing in the MO for other people so it was a big step for me.  I play my Harmonica with the band every Sunday, but is was somehow a bit scary playing a new instrument in public.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on July 31, 2011, 05:27:05 am
I was working on Danny Boy sitting waiting for authorization to hook up to a preloaded trailer. I had talked to the gate guard on the way into the yard. I told him the load I wanted and he went into the office which is about 20 yards away. I had the drivers window down and was playing danny boy them green sleeves and then back to danny boy and he comes walking back up to my truck. I didn't know he was there. I was a little engrossed in my playing. He knocked on my door and I about lost it. I was startled. He commented that he heard the C all the way over at the office and that the playing sounded good. He handed me an envelope that contained the bills of lading for the trailer I needed and walked away. I carry cards from MO that have the computer addy and the phone number along with all the info to contact them. I gave him one. He appeared interested. He said he wanted to get one for his son. Yeah, sure, for the son....thats what I would say to.  I have to be careful. truck drivers sleep at all hours of the day so I cant play where ever I would like its loud enough to penetrate my truck and wake up sleepers next to me. Any time we go outside our comfort zone like with a new instrument playing in public can be a emotional strain. but it gets easier with time. I won't say I havent dont it. I sat on the planter outside a truck stop convience store entrance and played the few songs I know and didn't get booed or ridiculed so that was a good day.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: LeakyDuck on July 31, 2011, 06:08:38 am
I too got brave enough to play in the wild (so to speak) yesterday afternoon. My friend and I had gone to Walmart and I finished my shopping first. I was waiting at our agreed meeting place and as Karl says "Wear it all the time" so there I am with some time to kill. I now have Hot Cross Buns and Aunt Rhody memorized so I started playing. I was far enough from the door that I got no notice or comment, but that was fine by me. Just sitting in a public place and playing was as brave as I wanted to get. Maybe someday I will enjoy an audience.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on July 31, 2011, 06:22:17 am
Way to go guys.  Keep on playing around people it is a bit scary, but most people welcome a little music that is not canned even when it it not perfect.  I used to take my harps with me back when I was doing a lot of motorcycle riding, and camping.  I loved to sit in a campground and play, even around a bunch of rowdy bikers.   

I played a couple of songs on MO at church tonight (we had a Saturday evening setup and practice) for a few people that were still there after it was over.  As soon as I get a chance to practice a bit with the piano player I am going to play during the invitation time.  The main thing is I want to make sure that I can play it in  correct pitch with another instrument.  I know that they are tuned A=440 but I also know that breath pressure has a lot to do with getting the right pitch.  Anyway, I loved the way the MO sounded in that large room with lots of echo.

I am still working on lesson 8,  I am not it a hurry on the lessons.  I am just wanting to make sure I learning them well.   I have noticed that when I know a tune I can do much better on it than trying to actually read the music and play a tune I am not that familiar with.   I guess that just comes how it is when you have been playing by ear for years.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on July 31, 2011, 05:40:05 pm
I tried a practice run on 'Just as I am' with keyboard player today before church,  I was a bit sharp compared to the keyboard. I guess I need to find that guitar tuner and do some woodsheading with it before trying again.  I played a second time with her using less breath pressure and it sounded much better so I know that is where my problem is.   I had to learn how to play the harmonica in tune with others as well so this is nothing new to me.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on August 05, 2011, 03:13:08 am
great keep going. I tried "Onward Christian Soldiers" on mine. It was within range but I wasn't up to it then.  I was at a chapel in Texas off the I20 freeway in Sweetwater. It sounded OK but it needed work and I didn't have the time. It was just a stop over for a bite to eat. The minister was a great buy and encouraged me. Its going to take a while before I become a "Free Range "  ocarina player. I sat outside of the hotel I was at waiting for back surgery and was playing Scarborough fare, one of my favorite Simon and Garfunkel songs. It's in the Duet section of the Learning to play ocarina book. Some of the other truck drivers there commented it didnt sound half bad. High praise from that lot. One said he played tin whistle and asked to try the C. I handed it over and he tried using the half hole technique. It didnt seem to work quite the way he expected. I showed him a few half tone combinations and he did better. Many people are into music but not playing in public. When they see someone playing it seems an instinctual response to go towards the sound and listen. It doesnt matter if there are little miscues or missed notes they like it anyway.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on August 14, 2011, 04:42:13 am
I see I haven't posted in a while.  I am taking it slow and not trying to rush the material.   I am currently on lesson 10 and learning an old favorite on my MO. "Amazing Grace". 

I am still having fun with it, and making music is a great stress reliever after a hard day work.  A few minutes of playing and all the problems just melt away.  I think the world would be a much better place of more people took the time to learn to make their own music.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: fishingcat on August 14, 2011, 05:44:01 am
I think the world would be a much better place if more people took the time to learn to make their own music.

I often think the same thing!

~ Gwen


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on August 18, 2011, 10:07:09 pm
I red you feel like posting something, great. There are many programs, some free, that can be used to do the deed. a simple computer headset mic will work. Though they are not the best.
The mixer you mentioned is very good but not critical. You can just use movie maker and a headset mic and do just fine. no mixing or expensive equipment. You might want to look into a beeter mic later but that will get you started. check out the "recording studio" area of the forum for what has worked for others. Ubizmo is the leasing poster for this forum. He has a wide range of music already posted on you tube and other sites. Audio Commander is a good audio editor if you need one and its free.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on August 20, 2011, 08:20:28 pm
I have a Sure SM58, that I have owned for a few years.  It is not a studio quality mic, but still a pretty good vocal mic.  I also have a ART tube pre-amp that I use with my harmonicas to warm them up some so I have most of what I need already. I am thinking a cheap boom stand and I am good to go.  I have used some of the programs you mentioned a few times, but It would be good to take another look at them because I haven't done any recording in a few years so I know that they have changed a bit.  My favorite one for just making a quick recording was the Nero sound recorder, but I don't have a version that will work on Windows 7.

I have about got Amazing grace down from Lesson 10 so I am about ready to move to lesson 11.  I just need to be a bit more consistent about practicing on weekends.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on August 26, 2011, 04:09:16 pm
Well I talked my wife into the Warmstone C that I have been looking at for a while.  I am currently working on lesson 11 and still loving my MO.  I it is even better now that I am getting to the point of being able to play more songs on my MO.  I am looking forward to getting my new warmstone model.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on August 28, 2011, 07:53:50 pm
I bot a blue snowflake mic that has a built in preamp and plug into a usb  outlet on my laptop. It seems to pickup way to much extraneous noise. It even picks up electrical noise from the fan in my computer.  Whatever you decide I think will be fine. Enjoy the new oc I was looking at one but the environment in my truck is more conducive to the poly oc. It gets rough in there. I even managed to scratch it.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on September 03, 2011, 05:06:10 pm
Well I got my Warmstone C today.  I love the extra weight and the polished finish that is has. I also love the fact that is don't have the recessed thumb holes the recessed holes on the Polly models were making me have to squeeze some to get  a tight seal there and after about 30 minutes would start hurting my thumbs.  The warmstone don't cause me that problem (so far)  I also like the case that came with it.

As of the progress I am working on lesson 11 now and learning to play "As the Deer" in the key of D.  I don't know how much further I will go in the lesson book now that I can play the full range on the MO.  I have 4 song books full of music Play at church That I will be working on.  I did order the Favorite carols in Easy Keys book because I want to learn to play the G as a non transposing instrument so I will have more options when I start playing them at church.  I doubt that they will ever replace my harmonicas at church, but I do think that they will sound great on several of the songs that we use.  One of the songs has a Celtic feel to it, and it works great on the harmonica, but I think it will sound even better on the MO.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on September 04, 2011, 07:19:39 pm
I made my first Video recording.   It is just a quickie with Windows Movie maker live and a cheap set of Logitech headphones.  You can view it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riaZPyzycSw


I  still have a lot to learn and it's not perfect, but I wanted to share with the group.


Note; I removed the video from youtube because i just wasn't happy with the sound quality.  My cheapo headset just don't give me the quality i want.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: robehickman on September 04, 2011, 07:32:24 pm
I made my first Video recording.   It is just a quickie with Windows Movie maker live and a cheap set of Logitech headphones.  You can view it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riaZPyzycSw


I am stillhave a lot to learn and it's not perfect, but I wanted to share with the group.

Sounds pretty good besides the clipping, you could try turning your mic level down.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on September 04, 2011, 09:33:58 pm
Sounds good, playing with ur sound level might have helped. Mine too. I had my volume all the way up and about blew my eardrums out when u started. For some reason what I hear isnt what the mic picks up. Strange isn't it.  Keep at it. Good looking Warmstone C.



Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on September 04, 2011, 10:07:54 pm
Those are very good and true comments.  I will dig around the program and see if I can edit the sound level some.  Windows movie maker is a very crude tool for making recordings and even more so for editing them after you record.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: ubizmo on September 13, 2011, 04:16:00 pm
Well done! It's not so easy to put yourself out there the first time.



Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: BigBrainiac on September 14, 2011, 02:32:32 am
You're doing really well  ;D
I agree with the fact that mic volume is a little high though.
Congrats on doing what I have yet the guts to do!


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on September 14, 2011, 05:19:51 am
Thanks guys, I am working on a couple of other songs, I hope to post something else in a few days, but I need a little time to play with the sound settings a bit more first.  I am also wanting to get a boom stand so I can use my Sure SM58 instead of that cheap headset mic.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: LeakyDuck on September 14, 2011, 02:26:10 pm
Well done ! !


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on September 26, 2011, 04:41:05 am
It has been a while since I posted a progress type of thing so here goes.  I am working some on lesson 13, but struggling with reading the rhythm of most of the songs so I am not doing very well with that.   

I have been playing with the Christmas  song book that I bought and making some progress, but I have been mostly playing songs from some of my hymn books.  I did transpose a song from Eb to D Saturday (by ear) with the plan of playing it at church Sunday as part of the program. Unfortunately they decided not to do that one at the last second  so I still haven't played my MO at church.  Maybe I will manage to do that soon.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: 4efs on October 18, 2011, 05:17:37 pm

Well, it's been over a month, where's the new video? :D

Hey,  how did you manage to get the link for mountain ocarinas to come out on the info on Youtube? I typed it in on my youtube vids but it's not coming out as a link? Help?



Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on October 19, 2011, 05:42:05 am
My wife has some health problems so I just don't have time to get out as much as I would like.  I am wanting to get a boom stand so I can use a real microphone in my recordings instead of that low quality headset ( I am also a sound guy so I am a bit picky about quality).  As for the link I think I just typed it in.  I don't remember for sure. 


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: 4efs on October 19, 2011, 05:20:37 pm

Sorry to hear your wife is unwell.
I was just funnin'.
Well, I typed it in too must just be my silly computer, or the loose nut behind the keyboard. Sigh.   
I want to find the thing that makes soft reverb. I downloaded audacity but can't figure out that reverb thing at all! It's crazy! I'm spending way to much time messing around with this stuff!


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on October 26, 2011, 06:01:49 am
Well I got the Boom stand, now I just need to find the time to play with the settings position etc to get a good recording. 

I am still putting the lessons on hold and working on the Christmas book and a couple of the hymnals I have.  I do plan on getting back to the lessons some day, maybe after Christmas.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on November 13, 2011, 03:02:39 am
I haven't wrote anything on here in a while so I thought I would give a quick update.  I am still working on the Christmas Song Book.  I have some that are starting to sound pretty good now, so hopefully I will have some of them ready in time.

I tried out the tuner link that is posted on another place in the forums.  It let me know that I still have a way to go before I am going to be ready to play with other people.  I still haven't tried recording with the boom stand and better mic.  It seems like their are always other things that need to happen first.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: bakfot on November 14, 2011, 07:41:06 am
I tried out the tuner link that is posted on another place in the forums.  It let me know that I still have a way to go before I am going to be ready to play with other people. 

I think what it tells you is that you have way to go before playing with tuners. People are a different matter  ;)


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on November 14, 2011, 04:12:38 pm
I tried playing with a keyboard a few weeks ago I was way sharp.  It takes more breath pressure to play my Harmonicas than the MO so I guess I am still playing the MO with too much pressure because of that.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: 4efs on November 15, 2011, 12:58:44 am

I think you should jump in any time and play with folks if you can and want to. Your learning will probably be accelerated by the experience. As long as they'll accomodate your learning curve for a bit!

 And better sharp than flat!  ...IMHO...


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on November 15, 2011, 06:18:46 am
If I was just playing with the guys I would agree, but I won't do that in a service at church.  That is just not the time or place for learning to play with a group.   


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: 4efs on November 16, 2011, 04:04:41 am

No, sorry for the misunderstanding.   I did not mean playing with others to mean performing at a service.





Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on November 16, 2011, 05:50:42 am
It would be nice if I had someone to play with away from the church, but that just isn't in the cards for me right now.  My sister's husband plays the guitar very well, but we are on different shifts and he has a business on the side so  we almost never get a chance to play.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: 4efs on November 17, 2011, 05:25:35 am

I hear ya. Not that I'm ready to play with others. But I can imagine having difficulty finding a group of sympatico players round these here parts.   Our town used to have a "play in" where anyone who wanted to could come and play at our Library on Saturdays...


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on November 17, 2011, 06:11:56 am
At one time we had what they called a picking parlor in town.  It was mostly traditional music of various types.  I went for a visit one time but never went back a second time  I don't remember why. I think it was connected with a AM radio station, that is not longer on the air. Anyway that has been gone for several years now. 


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on December 11, 2011, 06:27:39 pm
Well I took the plunge and played my MO in public today.   The first song in the lineup this week was "Hark the herald Angles sing" and it was in the key of G Just like in the MO's Christmas songbook, so that is the one I did.  Started out with a duet with the keyboard then the singers joined in.   I messed up a bit on the second verse, but it is hard to play with your hands shaking.   I don't know why I got nervous playing the MO when I have been playing the harmonica there for years.  Must be a confidence thing.  Anyway  I got past the first attempt with no broken bones, black eyes, or other injures that show, so I will most likely try it again sometime.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: bakfot on December 11, 2011, 07:47:48 pm
Good job!


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on December 17, 2011, 05:46:03 am
Well I am going to be giving it another go playing the MO at church again this Sunday.  I will be playing along on Angels we have heard on hi ( I asked them to it in G instead of F like they were planning), and Emmanuel In C.  I have been practicing Angles for a while now, but I hadn't tried Emmanuel till a few minutes ago.  The only concern I have with that one is the low B  right between 2 low C's at the end of the song.     I have never actually tired hitting that note in a song so maybe I can get it close enough.

I am still loving my journey on the MO, and it is even better now that I am able to start sharing my music on it with others.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: 4efs on December 18, 2011, 07:07:25 am


Good for you! I hope you have a great time! :D


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on December 18, 2011, 05:21:59 pm
Well, I played the MO again at church today.   Angels was a bit harder to play with someone else than I thought it would be.  Fortunately we played a couple of verses in practice so I was able to work most of the kinks out then.   Emmanuel was much easier for me to play even though I only worked on it for just a little bit Friday and Saturday.   I have always preferred the slower songs for some reason, maybe it is because I have more time to think about the next thing I need to do.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on December 18, 2011, 11:40:08 pm
Ahhhh, Grashopperrr, use Yoda's saying "don't think, just do, or do not"  You can over think a thing. I jumped the shark so to speak. I Took my C to the yard and waited till the smokers had vacated the table in the corner covered area of our outside sitting area. I sat there alone but there were still 8-10 people still around the corner and I played about 8-10 Christmas songs. The echo from the brick behind me was great, if kind of eerie.  A couple of the drivers and dispatchers came around the corner to see who was playing. I messed up on my version of "Chestnuts roasting on a Open Fire" But I didn't care I just looked on it as a practice session, with visitors. Think I sold another poly with learning course. One driver wanted the card and was real interested. Wanted to know if Mountain would send it to his house. I told him to call the nice lady named Susan to order whatever he needed. This is going to be a great christmas. One driver said I should put out a bucket for donations or something.
Hey great progress 4efs. I have been watching videos and trying to catch up with everyone. Way to go Harp Player. Playing in Church. Progress progress progress it is a great Christmas already....Keep up the good work we have a whole new year coming up. Whos for "Old Langsine" love that song. I been trying to do it like Kenny G does it. Can't seem to get the riffs right. Better stick with the music as written. Heck I'm doing it by ear anyway why not play with it. All that was in Arkansas, I am in Arizona now making delivery. Its raining. I love the rains/hate the rain. Gotta have it, wish it would rain somewhere else. At least its not ice and snow like last week. Hmmmmm over staying my welcome again by all


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on January 20, 2012, 05:50:10 am
It has been a while since I posted an update. The main reason is because I took a bit of a break for a couple of weeks.  Not that I didn't want to play, but the room I have to practice in is unheated and it has been cold lately.   Anyway  I spent 30 minutes playing after work mostly going over stuff I already know and getting feel for the MO again.   It was nice to be able to play without shivering again.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on January 23, 2012, 08:22:07 am
Get a lil barn heater from the Wal Mart. They work great. I use one at home at night when I don't want to heat the whole house. But its just to cold to do without heat. The water gets stiff, you know?  Oh well. I am in Utah, Ogden I think. Its cold, snow on the ground. I am online using an inverter to make 120 house power from 4 12 volt truck  batteries. I have my heat turned off trying to stretch the battery power.  Need the power to run my laptop and one light.  Good HarpPlayer reviews are good. Need to know where we have been to see where we need to go.  The new year is starting out slow. Hope it picks up soon. Old man winter is really being a stinker this year. Snow one day 55 degrees the next. I just weathered 3 storms back to back in the Pacific Northwest.  Got stuck for a day in Corning Ca. Hiway trolls closed the road over the mountains to big trucks but not cars. Been working on "Color My World" by Chicago. 4efs been pushing me to record so I might try that one if I can get it right. Going to down load a copy from U tube.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: 4efs on January 24, 2012, 12:09:40 am
might try that one if I can get it right. 

Whoo hoo!!!  :D


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on January 24, 2012, 05:04:39 pm
You be careful on those snow covered icy roads it is no fun when when things start slipping and sliding  even with just 4 wheels.  I am sure  it is even more scary when it is 18 wheels.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on January 27, 2012, 11:20:32 pm
Actually, with all those courses of skid pan driving its really no big deal. I love getting out and sliding around. But, I do it mostly when no one is watching. Remember kids don't try this at home admonishment. I don't want others trying what I was trained to do. The translation from 4 wheels to 18 does add some level of interest that wasn't thrilling me like it does now. But you have to remember that the truck also has a hinge in the middle. That is where i gets real tricky some times. I don't want to jack knife the cab off the truck. That would be real hard to explain.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on May 21, 2012, 12:11:03 am
It's been a while since I posted anything.  Just thought I would make a quick update.  A couple of weeks ago I  had a pretty bad cut to my left thumb.  It has been quite sore so I didn't even try to play an ocarina till last night when I say my poor neglected Polly C sitting on my desk and just had to give it a try.   I manage to play a few old favorites for about 5 minutes before my thumb made me put it down.   I think I might have been able to play the warmstone a bit longer because it is more comfortable to my thumbs.   Maybe in a few more days I will be back to playing again. 


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on May 27, 2012, 05:22:56 am
Well  don't open the cut again. That would get red stuff in the thumb hole. Get well and then try again. Good to hear from you again.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on May 27, 2012, 05:35:00 am
The thumb is still not quiet well (after 3 weeks) and still has some red stuff at times, so I am still holding off.   I did manage to play my harmonicas last Sunday but it was somewhat painful at times.  I had to modify my grip a bit and that is never easy when you have been doing it that way for several years.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on June 01, 2012, 02:12:24 am
I had a bad cut on my thumb also. It bled badly. I was out of bandaids so I just used a piece of cellophane tape as a band aid to seal the wound. i left it on about 3 days. When I took it off it bled some more. I put fresh tape on and left it 3 more days. When I took it off it did not bleed any more. It hurt badly but had knitted together well enough to stop bleeding. It took about 3 weeks to heal well after that. I used olive leaf extract as an anti biotic to stave off infection. I swallowed the extract. You can get it at Wal Mart in the vitamin aisle, usually on the bottom of the shelves.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 01, 2012, 03:44:27 am
I have been putting antibiotic ointment  on it every time I change the bandage, and so far no sign of infection. I am getting frustrated because it has been 4 weeks now and still not completely healed.  The place where it was cut is healed but where it burst from the swelling is the problem (sorry if that was too graphic).    Anyway I am trying to be wait on it to finish healing but I am tired of having to limit my what I do.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on June 18, 2012, 04:07:57 am
I got the bulge off of my thumb this week thanks to a good sharp knife and the fact that it was numb. ??? 

Anyway the thumb is healed up now and I have been getting a little play time it the past couple of days.  I hope to get started back with the lesson book again soon.  It has felt good being able to play my other instrument again.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on July 05, 2012, 12:12:01 am
I am back to playing some everyday now, I have even been spending a little time with the Polly G .   It took over a week to get back to feeling fairly confident with that pesky C/Bb on the C again.  I have started to play a few songs out of my Hymn books again to start getting my sight reading back up to speed.  I still need to find and get back to the lesson book again I still have a few more lessons I need to do, to improve my sight reading skills.  I also need to add a few more of the sharps and flats to my playing so I can play in more keys.   I guess that is all part of the journey.  Either way it has been good to be back  making music like I love to do.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: 4efs on July 10, 2012, 04:36:02 pm

Yay! Sounds like you're enjoying getting back at it! :)


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on November 26, 2012, 05:10:55 am
I am catching up on my corespondence. Good to hear ur healed up again. I know I had a hard time with the thumb sore I had. I didn't get any numb parts, that's good. I have been running my tail off. I turned in 4100 miles just for last week. I spent thanks giving in a truck stop in Amarillo, Texas.  If ur ever in a Denny's restaurant and want to try their thanks giving dinner, don't. It tastes alright, but it will leave u hungry.  Wouldn't feed a nat.  Good to here ur back at it and the harmonica to, good on yuh!!! Hope the wife is feeling OK. You never updated on her medical issue, but thats fine....


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on November 26, 2012, 08:26:45 pm
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Hope the wife is feeling OK.

My wife is doing better now.  She hasn't been sick in over 3 months now thanks for asking. 


I have been playing the MO quite a bit more lately. I was even gong to try to play a simple little song at church on my G the other week but, I couldn't get my breath pressure low enough to get it in tune with the band, and I didn't have time to adjust my playing to get in tune, so I am going to have to do a bit of tuner practice on the G before I try that again.

I still prefer the sound of the C and I do most of my playing on them.  I have been getting the polly C out more.  For some reason it seems to be less forgiving on the lower notes than the warmstone.  I wonder if that has anything to do with my large thumbs and the recessed thumb holes?


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on December 05, 2012, 12:12:27 am
It might. I have small hands in general and my thumbs fit into the recessed holes perfectly. I can support the C with my thumbs in the holes and do a neat fade from B to low C  with just my thumbs supporting the instrument. Its neat when I am playing White Christmas. The warm stone with its sharp edges around the thumb hole hurt my thumbs over time.  So I keep going back to the Poly C. The breath control on the low notes is crucial. You need to blow less hard and you will get a low warm note that is very rich. Love my C.  Have you tried "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" .  I have been able to pick out most of it and its a hoot. I was working on it and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer today in the dock in Auburn, Washington.  Both were real rough but came thru a little better with repetition. Just going by memory. I am going to have to record some of this. Maybe I can if I don't put on the camera...The last time I tried to actually record something at home my grand son came in and smacked me with a pillow half way thru a song. I don't remember what one I was doing at the time.  When I looked up after getting knocked over the camera got everything. Embarassing....erased.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on December 05, 2012, 08:14:24 pm
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The warm stone with its sharp edges around the thumb hole hurt my thumbs over time.

That is strange. My warmstone C feels as smooth as silk in my hands, the thumb holes are well finished and slightly rounded.  Is it possible that yours has a slight defect in it or maybe a step got overlooked when it was being finished?

Thanks for the tips about "Grandma got run over by a reindeer" and "Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer",  I will try to give them a shot.  Any idea what keys you were playing them in?  They should be good songs to practice my ear with the MO.  I started messing with "One small child" a little bit last year  I need to see if I can find that song book again and polish it up some  it sounds real nice on the MO.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Pat Anderson on December 05, 2012, 11:15:46 pm
That's strange - I could not hear you playing in Auburn from Snoqualmie!

I wonder if two makes enough for an ocarina guild? ;-)

It might. I have small hands in general and my thumbs fit into the recessed holes perfectly. I can support the C with my thumbs in the holes and do a neat fade from B to low C  with just my thumbs supporting the instrument. Its neat when I am playing White Christmas. The warm stone with its sharp edges around the thumb hole hurt my thumbs over time.  So I keep going back to the Poly C. The breath control on the low notes is crucial. You need to blow less hard and you will get a low warm note that is very rich. Love my C.  Have you tried "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" .  I have been able to pick out most of it and its a hoot. I was working on it and Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer today in the dock in Auburn, Washington.  Both were real rough but came thru a little better with repetition. Just going by memory. I am going to have to record some of this. Maybe I can if I don't put on the camera...The last time I tried to actually record something at home my grand son came in and smacked me with a pillow half way thru a song. I don't remember what one I was doing at the time.  When I looked up after getting knocked over the camera got everything. Embarassing....erased.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on December 06, 2012, 06:15:38 am
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That's strange - I could not hear you playing in Auburn from Snoqualmie!

I wonder if two makes enough for an ocarina guild? ;-)

It would be hard for cerescop to be in a guild because he is a professional truck driver.  I am sure that he is in most peoples area from time to time.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Pat Anderson on December 06, 2012, 01:54:11 pm
Aha!  Well, I live 3 miles off the intersection of I-90 and SR-18, perhaps we could meet under the bridge for a tune or two some time!  Cerescop - what is home base then?

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That's strange - I could not hear you playing in Auburn from Snoqualmie!

I wonder if two makes enough for an ocarina guild? ;-)

It would be hard for cerescop to be in a guild because he is a professional truck driver.  I am sure that he is in most peoples area from time to time.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Treblemaker on December 10, 2012, 05:32:06 pm
Hi Pat,
You are doing GREAT, you sound like you've been playing a lot longer.  :D
I wish I had your boldness to put myself out there- sigh. I am so self-critical that I hear only the bad that I play and not the good.  ::)  but I'm getting over it. I played my Ocarina and sang at an assisted living place yesterday. my singing partner and I did Christmas carols.
Keep up the good work!


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on December 28, 2012, 06:46:55 am
Yeah Snoqualamie is close but I had to go up north to get a load of Campbell soup. It was light  and slid around alot. I think I was playing Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer in "a" and Rudolf in "g" .


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Pat Anderson on December 28, 2012, 01:48:00 pm
Hate it when that happens!  Seriously, if you are coming through and can spare a few minutes, I can usually run up to the weigh station at I-90 / SR-18 for a quick "hello" - it is about 3 miles from where I work.  I do that with a friend who hauls boats from Kent to the East Coast every now and then.  I will PM you my cell.


Yeah Snoqualamie is close but I had to go up north to get a load of Campbell soup. It was light  and slid around alot. I think I was playing Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer in "a" and Rudolf in "g" .


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on February 25, 2013, 06:48:00 am
It has been a while since I have posted anything to this thread so i guess it's time for a quick update.

I have been playing 4-5 my MO 4-6 days a week for 3 months or so now and i am definitely making progress in tone and consistency.  I am working some out of a hymnal with a mix of both old and newer tunes in it.  Most of the music fits quite well on the MO but I will sometimes find a song that goes either too low or too high.

I had been sticking to the keys of C,G,D & F, I decided to start branching out to other keys and it has so far been easier than I thought it would be. When I take on a new key I Look up the new sharp or flats in the book an make a few mental notes then go for it.  I usually can manage to play songs that i have heard before pretty quick that way, and i learn something new in the process.

Just the other day I heard the old Celtic Hymn "Be though my vision" on the radio, that strongly featured some sort of flute.  I am thinking it was either a tin whistle or irish flute.  The version music I have of that song is in D and it has a low A in  so I now have a new goal of learning how to hit that note and play a beautiful old tune.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on March 01, 2013, 04:56:59 am
A can be hit quite easily using the fipple bend technique. There is a video on you tube on how it is done. I just looked it up. It's done by Doc Jazz. . Thats the address I don't know if I did it right. Sounds like your tripping right along keep up the energy. I have been trying to play "You've Got a Friend" by Carol King. It fits in nicely. I have it down but I keep restarting in the middle and never really seem to end it.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on March 02, 2013, 03:26:53 am
Your video don't show, but i will look for it later.


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on March 02, 2013, 03:49:50 am
Rats, I knew I messed up somewhere. I try again


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: cerescop on March 02, 2013, 03:51:02 am
Rats I messed up again    here   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCWbcgtYZ2A


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on March 02, 2013, 08:19:48 pm
Thanks for the video.  It don't look as complex as i had thought it would be.  A note about posting a youtube to the forums;

all you put between the tags is the : watch?v=kCWbcgtYZ2A part


Title: Re: A Harmonica players beginnings with the MO
Post by: Harp Player on August 11, 2013, 07:01:03 pm
It has been way too long since I posted here so I thought I would drop a few notes.

I have been putting in a lot of hours lately so I can't play every day but I do try.   

I am slowly working on a modern church song book playing mostly songs that I am at least slightly familiar with   I am getting much more comfortable with the key of Eb and I am considering picking up another key soon.

I have also noticed that as I learn the new scales it is getting easier for me to play by ear in the different keys.

My tone is getting much better now and I have been working more on vibrato.

I still have a ways to go on getting that pesky B note clearly and reliably  on my C.

I seldom play the G as it still seems a bit shrill to me.

That about sums up where I am right now.