From: Winslow Yerxa <;>;
Date: 15 Nov 95 14:27:45 EST
Subject: Various


===Country & Bluegrass harp

The chromatic country session man Charles Williams alludes to is
Jimmy Riddle, who is profiled in Kim Field's HHHB. He played
piano with Roy Acuff (Onie Wheeler played harp in that band) and
was the "eeffin" guy on HeeHaw. I have a rare album by Riddle
where he plays a number of tunes, frequently switching back and
forth between diatonics -played cross or straight and various
keys of chromatic, usually played straight.

=====Amplified Chromatic

Kurt asks about micing his 270. Yes, you have to get the part of
the harp you're playing directly in front of the mic. This can be
a problem with longer-bodied instruments (remember, Piazza and
many others play the 16-hole instruments, not the 12-hole that
Clarke plays). Big hand help, so you can cup them around the
entire mic/harp combination. Otherwise, you'll have to shift.

However, you also mention getting less volume from your
chromatics than from diatonics. This just shouldn't be.
Chromatics can be played every bit as loud as diatonics, but
it's a matter of control - you can't punch them hard like you can
a diatonic, or they'll refuse to speak. Work on playing a note,
then increasing your wind volume and your body resonance once the
note is started. Then work on starting the note that way, without
hitting it hard.

The normal acoustic playing volume for diatonic and chromatic
should be the same, and isn't hard to achieve for either one,
especially when you're playing amplified. Providing your
chromatic isn't leaking air through the slide, you should be able
to get solid volume and tone through it. Match it up with your
diatonic tone and volume, and amplify 'em the same.

=====Using the diaphragm

Jeremy Jones writes

I am new to the list and have just been looking in so far.
I've already gotten some good information(info on bending
from the diaphram) in just reading the list for one week, so

Just one word of clarification. While I am skeptical of *bending*
from the diaphragm, I am a wholehearted supporter of *breathing*
from the diaphragm. Just curious, Jeremy. Did you try bending
from the diaphragm, and if so, did you note a benefit?

Winslow Yerxa
Harmonica Information Press

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