Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on October 15, 2002 at 21:48:05:
In Reply to: I got a harmonica for my 18th birthday! Important question not found ont he site. posted by Stuart Myers on October 15, 2002 at 14:02:10:
: My 18th birthday fell last saturday and I got a JSH "The Blues" harmonica in the key of B as a present from a mate, well, I'm hooked already and annoyed many a person attempting to play it around them.
: The lessons on this site are great! I already can accomplish a clean single note at least 50% of the time and I've started playing simple melodies. (I learnt Mary had a little lamb, and worked out "God save the queen" (so patriotic), and Twinkle Twinkle little star) (playing with the whistle method)
: I have a couple of questions, I've noticed that drawing (Is this the right word for breathing in on a note) on hole 1 and 2 on my hormonica produces a very metallic "razzy" note on hole 1, and a "train whistle" type sound on draw 2. drawing on 3 produces a milder effect as on 2. But then from 4 upwards the harmonica seems to perform fine. Might this be a technique error? Also anyone know anything about my make of harmonica? Any good? :-S
: Finally, I play tuba as my primary instrument, would playing the harmonica effect my hombesure(sic) for tuba? I'm a high level on tuba and don't want my playing to suffer from playing harmonica.
: Anyways, thank very much for any help/advice you can give to a keen young player! :)
Although I don't play tuba (nor any instrument of the brass family), I doubt that your tuba skills will be adversely affected because of your harmonica playing.
If you are already an accomplished musician, then you have a big advantage over other harmonica players who are just starting out.
You probably know the importance of personal motivation, studying and diligent practice.
The best advice that I can give to you is...to have fun.
Wishing you success in your endeavors,
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