I've always liked this Chilli Peppers song and have picked up my harp from time to time to have a go at it. Trouble was I couldn't figure out the part approaching the end. It just wouldn't work with the A harp I was using for the rest of the song. I finally got a work around by switching to a G harp. Don't think I've ever done that before. There must be a key change at that point and come to think of it at the beginning too, though I had no intention of playing along with that super intro by John Frusciante.
Hey, great job on this! Nice articulation and tremolo on the bent notes.
Good technique on the harp change, too. It was very smooth. Although Dennis Gruenling remains the undisputed master of seamlessly transitioning to other harmonicas mid-song.
You know, the longer I play, the more I realize that one of the harp's real strengths is as a voice substitute. Playing vocal melodies with beautiful expression. So recently, I've been playing a lot of pop songs and vocal lines. I appreciate your videos because you pick different types of interesting tunes and don't always get stuck on traditional blues. ---------- Marc Graci YouTube Channel
Thanks Tony. btw that's an impressive body of work you have on youtube.
Cheers GamblersHand and thanks for the info on the key change.
Thanks Mirco. Yes, it's really catching when you get into it and that's a good point you make on the harp being a voice supplement. I dabble with a couple of other instruments and it's never occurred me to play through a song melody with them. It just wouldn't interest me. The diatonic harp is such a soulful instrument especially using bends.
I always hated that song till l heard this harmonica on it. Excellent. Makes me wanna do a version. If only l can find a good camera angle under Putney Bridge so l don't get nicked by the river police or risking viles disease.
It's like trying to play the Orange Blossom Special with just one harp. Most players use two like Charlie McCoy, some use three. I've found some songs that have as many as 5 key changes. Recently I tackled the Scorpions "Send Me An Angel" which I play using 3 harps. Frankie Valli was a good one for recording songs using as many as 6 keys with half step changes. "Don't Worry About Me" is a good example.
Cheers for the info Raven. Looking back there are a couple of songs where I have used more than one harp. On Broadway with 3 harps and Stone Fox Chase with 2.
The difference here is that with the above songs I could clearly hear the key changes and was prepared to use different harp keys. However with Under the bridge, I didn't detect the key changes and it surprised me that I couldn't play it on one harp and I had to find another harp that would work. I hadn't come across this before on the songs I've tackled. ----------