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Harp all you want - Harmonica Players do.

The harmonica, also known as a pocket piano, a harp, a french harp, a blues harp and a tin sandwich is very popular for being used as an accompaniment with the guitar and other stringed instruments. It's also popular because of it's portability and unique sound.

 

This unique little instrument originated in the early 1800s. There are a multitude of types of harmonicas today in various keys and hole configurations.

 

This group is for those that play the harmonica with their guitars or other instruments or play the harmonica by itself.

 

All are welcome from beginners to advance and those wanting to learn. Let's talk harmonicas, accessories, songs and share tips and information.

 

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Neil Young's harp rig 3 Replies

Does anyone use a wireless set-up like Neil Young's to sing/blow harp through? If so, how well does it work on balancing your voice's volume to that of the harmonics's?Continue

Started by Terry Allan Hall. Last reply by GNuck Jan 19, 2013.

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Comment by Jim Yates 13 hours ago

Here's the late, great Willie P Bennett, my favourite diatonic harp player.  His mom gave me a few of his harps when he passed and I'm hoping they still possess his mojo.  He was a lot of fun to play with and was a good friend and mentor to both of my sons. 

http://youtu.be/_F60DwKOZkU

Comment by Jim Yates on July 14, 2013 at 9:20pm

I have a plastic box that I bought at Canadian Tire (a Canuck hardware store that used to deal in automotive parts and smelled like tires, but now deals in everything and smells like potpourri).  It was meant for storing nuts and bolts, but happens to hold 6 harps and fits in a guitar or banjo case.
This old Elton rack has been bent so that it hits my mouth at a right angle.  My other Elton rack has been bent the same way and has had lock washers added, plus an elastic band from a brocolli bunch that I use to hold an ACME siren whistle that I use to kick off solos.  I got this idea from multi-instrumentalist Roland Kirk.

Comment by Terry Allan Hall on July 14, 2013 at 7:53pm

've been using a Lee Oskar rack for several years, started out with an Elton 45+ years ago...in between, I've used both Hohner models and whatever else was available.

Modification: http://images.tribe.net/tribe/upload/photo/165/7c2/1657c2c0-3aac-46... Turns out that everybody's neck isn't the same length! Also, I put star between the moving parts and carry extras (washers, wingnuts and bolts), for "at gig" .

Also, I added this, for holding a Hohner kazoo: http://images.tribe.net/tribe/upload/photo/e9e/81c/e9e81c43-d0a1-4e...

For the last couple decades, I've used Big River Harps...prior to that, Special 20s, Marine Bands, Blues Harps, but find the BRHs suit me well, and last longer than the more expensive model (which is kinda weird!).

Did use a set (A, C, D, E and G, which cover all my songs nicely) of Lee Oskars until I wore 'em out, but for most of my harmonica-toodling life, I've been a Hohner man.

Comment by Jim Yates on July 14, 2013 at 6:58am

What type of harp rack do you use?

Do you modify it in any way?  If so, how?

Comment by Rory Maloney on July 13, 2013 at 10:44pm

Thank you, l, ll look at those models.

Comment by Jim Yates on July 1, 2013 at 8:02am

Hi Roy,

    You'll get a lot of different opinions here.  I have a mixture of Hohner Special 20s, Lee Oskar Tombos and a couple of Big Rivers for the keys I play less often.

I carry a C, D, lowD, lowF, G and A harp in my guitar case.  I wish I could fit the rack in the case too.  I use an old Elton rack that I bought in the early '60s.

Comment by Rory Maloney on July 1, 2013 at 5:58am

Hi fellow harp players. I.m new here.l play acoustic guitar, 10 hole harp and rack. I.m going to London soon and was wondering what do you think is the best set of harps l can buy to suit my set up? Something rich and clear, for a different sound.

Comment by Scott D. Holland on September 26, 2012 at 6:47am

Hey,

That German Seydel website with the "Table of Positions app" that  Phil posted is pretty cool. It has all kinds of workshop instruction on tuning and repairing reedplates, etc.

Comment by Phil Manuel on August 28, 2012 at 10:47am

Jim, yes you did answer it on another discussion I had created.  Then, I decided I'd post the question here, and use this area for 'harp' related info.  I thought, maybe this one was for more experienced players, but realized there's no point in stretching the info over more than 1 area.  Just hope we can get more folks in the group.  Thanks for your answer too!

Comment by Jim Yates on August 28, 2012 at 10:35am

Phil, I'm pretty sure that Neil crosses a C harp to play in G for Falling From Above

I seem to recall answering this question before, but can't find it now.  Didn't there used to be a Harp On A Rack group?

 

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