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Classical music on diatonic harmonica?
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Maraboy
10 posts
Apr 17, 2017
8:34 PM
Have you been playing classical music on diatonic harmonica? Jean Sibelius is Finland's most famous composer of classical music. The song title is Finlandia. Did you know that Finland will meet this year for 100 years. It is, therefore, been 100 years an independent state, greetings to all, mara
https://www.facebook.com/1811490609074452/videos/1885281878361991/
STME58
1961 posts
Apr 17, 2017
10:26 PM
I have heard that tune many times as a hymn, "Be Still My Soul". The tune is listed in the hymnals as "Finlandia" Nice recording. I like the mix of sound and images.

Classical pieces I like to play on the diatonic include, Jesu Joy, Ode to Joy, That Sheep May Safely Graze, Rondeau, Ariosa, Wachet auf, From the New World, and others.
boris_plotnikov
1124 posts
Apr 18, 2017
1:49 AM
Once I played Boccherini Minuet

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Moon Cat
674 posts
Apr 18, 2017
3:16 AM
YEAH BORIS!!!! I wasn't nervous for you... but for OUR instrument! Great job buddy!
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boris_plotnikov
1125 posts
Apr 18, 2017
4:04 AM
Thank you Jason! It's always pleasant to hear a kind word from you!
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Diggsblues
2098 posts
Apr 18, 2017
9:46 AM
Good job Boris! This is always tough on Diatonic because of the change is note quality sound from bends and overblows.
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boris_plotnikov
1127 posts
Apr 18, 2017
4:07 PM
Diggsblues
Thank you! It not as complex as it seems, but it required some practice
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STME58
1963 posts
Apr 18, 2017
11:52 PM
Boris, I really appreciate your classical playing. You have the overblows very under control to get those accidentals on the diatonic and keep it musical in both timing and timbre.

That venue in the video is very nice, is that a music school?
boris_plotnikov
1128 posts
Apr 19, 2017
3:56 AM
STME58
Thank you! It is philarmonica hall in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
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20REEDS
39 posts
Apr 19, 2017
11:32 AM
I love both harps in a classical setting, I would really like to see more Harmonica and classical guitar small ensembles.

I think it would be cool at spah or elsewhere to have a composition contest / showcase to really increase the repertoire focused on our intrument.
garry
676 posts
Apr 19, 2017
2:34 PM
I've been working on Bach's "Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" as a solo piece. It'd done wonders for not only my first position playing, but my dexterity in general and blow notes in particular. Which in turn has made all my other playing better as well. I guess I'd fallen into the habit of using mostly draw notes, and this gives me more options. Highly recommended as an exercise.



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STME58
1964 posts
Apr 19, 2017
11:44 PM
Garry, how are you dealing with the key change at the end of that piece? You can start in second, and use overblows for the 7th until the modulation to first, or you can start in first and use overblows for the flat fourth as you modulate to 11th, you can switch harps at the modulation, or you can end the piece early and skip the modulation. I have been using the last method, but I am trying to make the first two musical.
harmonicakev76
3 posts
Apr 20, 2017
8:31 PM
I play the William Tell Overture, sometimes Ode to Joy


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