From: (Anand Prabhakar)
Date: Thu, 9 Nov 95 17:01:53 PST

I recieved this privately and posted it before, but I think it got bounced.

P.S. I hope peter shields doesn't mind me posting this to the list, I think
it's great advice
- ---------------Original Message---------------
James Cotton does two versions of a song called "Mississippi Freight
Train" on
his latest CD (I forget what the CD called). The "whistle" is just 345
starting bent and going up to the unbent position while doing a hand
The sound of the train running starts with a rapid slide from the 4 draw
to the
3 draw, to the 2 draw flattened, and then play the 234 draw, 345 blow,
234 draw,
back to the slide, repeat for a while, then do the whistle again. At least
is as much as I fugured out listening to James Cotton. He also does
noodling around with variations on the blow/draw pattern, but you'll have
to get
the CD if you want to try to figure them out.

Another easy train sound uses the 1-4 draw and 1-4 blow. Start on the
1-4 draw
saying "OOOOO-Waka", then go to the 1-4 blow and say
"Taka-taka-tak", then back
to the 1-4 draw OOOO-waka, etc.

I'm not sure if either of these are the train sounds used in "Crossroads",
I'll probably rent it soon to check it out. If its different and I figure it

out I'll drop you a line on it.

Train sounds are one of the easier harp tricks, and, like most siple tricks,
people I've played it to have been pretty impressed. If anyone else
sends you
ideas on how to do train sounds, please forward them to me, as I
wouldn't mind
adding a few to my bag of tricks.
Subject: Crossroads - GREAT HARP FILM
From: (Anand Prabhakar) at INTERNET
Date: 11/3/95 05:00 PM

One to rent - Crossroads.. This movie has Ralph Machio in it as a good
guitarists that travels down with Willy Brown (A great harpist in the film)
the crossroads where Robert Johnson made his deal with the devil. For
blues enthusists- CHECK THIS OUT!!! It has great music by Ry Cooter
(sp?) There is a great scene where Willie Brown mimicks a train
passing by
using his harp. If anyone knows how to do this, PLEASE POST!!


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