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Sep 27, 2020
11:35 AM
Do we have any Robert Cooksey specialists here? There's one note (it's repeated) on Leecan & Cooksey's Need More Blues that's got me intrigued.

Need More Blues (recorded in 1926) features first position F (!) harmonica. At a few points in the tune (either in bar 7, when were back in the F chord, or in bar 10, coming down from the V) Cooksey plays a six- or seven-note descending run that starts on the blow 10. But the blow 10 isn't F, it's bent down a half-step so it's an E. And there's a little coda at the end, with triplets, that starts and finishes on this same note, a half-step-bent blow 10. It's infernally difficult to do, especially on an F harp.

At no point in the tune does he play a natural F in hole 10. So is he blow-bending the note, or is his 10-hole blow reed a semitone flat?? I like to think the latter.

620 posts
Sep 27, 2020
7:58 PM
havn't had achance to analize------but a lot of times the recording speeds were off back then----If to slow "flat" more common than too fast "sharp"

In quick listen it sounnds like 7 limit old school tuning---

U propbably already know---but after years of playing----- harps start to lean to going a little flat.

Plus the old blues guys were the real deal. They probably played the same harp, or harps for 20-30 years who knows.

It is intrigueing and I will study it later.

right now Im obsessing on "1" 12 bar Mark hummel did in harpoventilater---think its the 13th final 12.

heres your deal ---I dig these old recordings

Last Edited by snowman on Sep 27, 2020 8:00 PM
621 posts
Sep 27, 2020
8:08 PM
just tried to buy---only available in vinyl bummer
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Sep 28, 2020
11:08 AM
Thanks for your thoughts. It's not a recording speed issue as the rest of it's in pitch, in F.
You mean the Yahoo album? I have it on CD (in the UK), so it's out there, somewhere. Check out Discogs.
And please share your Hummel condundrum! At least that one's "modern"!
624 posts
Sep 28, 2020
7:26 PM
Will post it

Its only one of his 12 bar go rounds ---but it has a very different choice of notes. I love that kind of stuff---it forces me to go away from my normal note choices.

been workin on it on n off for a week---its 12 bar 185bpm 0r close----kinda works with all faster jump swing or shuffle---

will work on rod piazza "Juicy harp"---W clark "LOllipop Mama"----rocker L Walter

Im gonna post break down of it in week or so---I'll use my own tab formula

Off topic but if yr into fast Jump swing check out Juicy harp worked on that for a year on n off--

My mom would have wanted me to know, so i looked it up
"a confusing and difficult problem or question"

will check discodogs

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