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Federicoars32
1 post
Feb 08, 2020
5:51 AM
Hi fellows, this is a Chromatic harmonica Blues tutorial that i made couple a years ago, hope you like it, Regards


https://youtu.be/FTP1ie3wrEM
knight66
111 posts
Feb 12, 2020
7:20 AM
Thanks for that, I haven't tried it yet but will very soon. While typing this I'm listening to another of your you tube vids, Improvisation Blues, good stuff thanks.
Federicoars32
2 posts
Feb 12, 2020
8:33 PM
You're welcome !
SuperBee
6489 posts
Feb 14, 2020
1:49 PM
Hi Federicoars32,
I guess I should try it out but I’ve just watched your video and been thinking about your tab system. I guess a + indicates a blow note and (n) indicates a button push?
If that’s the case, I find some of the tab pretty interesting. I’m very much a novice with the chromatic, so it’s maybe more obvious to skilled players. I’m wondering why for instance in a D blues you’d start with 5 5 (6) (6+) 6+
Rather than 5 5 (6) 6 6+

Please understand I’m not criticizing, I’m just trying to understand the decision, whether it’s just a toss of the coin so to speak, or something more reasoned.

Sometimes I can see there is a better flow one way over the other but here I don’t see it. I just want to develop good habits, if it matters.
Federicoars32
3 posts
Feb 14, 2020
6:06 PM
Hi, no problem, references are in the video description. "6 hole draw" and "6 hole blow (with the slide button in)" are the same note (F). (By the way, i'm from Argentina, so my english it's not very good).
SuperBee
6490 posts
Feb 15, 2020
1:15 AM
“"6 hole draw" and "6 hole blow (with the slide button in)" are the same note (F).”

Yes, exactly. I am asking why you chose one rather than the other. Is there a rationale, or just do as you please?


Point taken about the language issue though. I understand, translation is not always clear.
Federicoars32
4 posts
Feb 15, 2020
2:02 AM
No,there's not. It's almost like "2 hole draw vs 3 hole blow" on diatonic.
knight66
113 posts
Feb 16, 2020
8:32 AM
I had a go at playing this, this morning and the tab confused me at first, then I read the instructions( always a good idea)so if I've got it right
(1) = blow = C
1 = draw = D
(1+) = button in = C# or Db
1+ = button in = D# or Eb
etc,etc
// haven't sussed this yet, but I've got a sneaky feeling I've used it before so I should know it.
Enjoyed playing it though and I shall work my way through it on top of every thing else I'm meant be doing.
SuperBee
If I've got it right 5=draw=d (6)=E (6+)=F 6+=F#
groyster1
3523 posts
Feb 16, 2020
8:41 AM
Ive had a chromonica 10 hole chromatic for several years…..I can understand why walter Horton said that a chromatic will "fry your brain"......I just play mine strictly in 3rd position and just to play melodies and never blues riffs
SuperBee
6494 posts
Feb 16, 2020
11:29 AM
Knight66, good one.
I read the notes, then still made up what I thought it said to match what I expected it to be!


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