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Since: 25.4.03
From: Nashville, TN

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Some friends of mine and I are starting an acoustic based little trio thing ... I was wanting to learn the harmonica to give an extra element to the sound, but I have no clue as to go about selecteing them, choosing a good guide, etc ...

Do we have any harmonica players on here that might be able to help out?

I'm like, angry at numbers.
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The Amazing Salami

Since: 23.5.02
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I've played in and around Oklahoma and Texas for ever, and all the old harp players I know say that the more expensive harps ($100+) don't sound that much better than the more affordable ones ($30 or so).

The thing is, you'll have to buy a different harp for every musical key your group plays songs in...probably at least four or five even for a basic cover set. A true blues player (i.e. John Popper, sp) gets the "four" harp for every key he wants to play in. For example, for songs in the Key of G, he would play a C harp. Or songs in the Key of C, he would play an F harp. However, for a simpler Bob Dylan-ish style, get the root or one key. Get a C harp to play in C and a G to play in G.

There are quite a few books for beginners out there. You can get one if you learn well that way. Or, what works better for me when tackling a new instrument, just get one and mess with it till you get used to where your lips have to be for each sound and whether you blow or suck.

At least some day maybe I'll understand why some day maybe you never can. Or something like that.
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