Posted by Bill on August 08, 2001 at 23:09:45:
In Reply to: 12 hole diatonic posted by john marsden on August 08, 2001 at 11:47:28:
: i am just learning to play the blues harp.ihave been playing for about 6 months, i found that single notes where easy to play just started to bend a few notes.i have several harps [pro harp,blues harp, marine band].i find that bending notes on the marine band is easier than the pro harp is this because of the wooden comb on the marine band?i olso notice that you can purchase a 12 hole marine band what are the extra 2 holes for, and is the twelve hole a true blues harp,also do many pro's use a 12 hole.
I believe the bending on the marine band is easier due to characteristics of the reeds. Wood or plastic should have little effect on bending, plastic is characteristically more airtight.. Try a Special 20 and get the best of both worlds.
I've never tried the 12 hole diatonic: I think there are two types: the 12 hole diatonic and the Steve Baker Special, the later being prefered for playing the blues.... I'll let someone more knowledgeable in this area finish.......
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