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Harp book success!! Thanks so much guys!
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172 posts
Aug 26, 2022
6:54 PM
I wanna thank MBH members for their support for my new books. After my very brief mention on the forum a couple months ago, my USA & UK book sales (& website hits) skyrocketed with a bit from Canada & Australia.

Far, far from being best sellers - but there seems to be a reasonable interest for a new notation (BeatTab). I'm encouraged. I'm TRYING to do my part to help the community... Dunno if my pricing is appropriate but it seems to be working. I'm new at sales. I have no SEO but exposure seems effective.

I particularly wanna thank those members who graciously allowed me to publish transcriptions of their recordings (which well illustrated important benefits of the notation). It all helps to get this off the ground. I hope it gave them some exposure too although I feel it is rather one-sided.


Last Edited by Shaganappi on Aug 26, 2022 9:20 PM
2318 posts
Aug 27, 2022
1:40 PM
the notation I'm using is based on the Chamber Huang method along with standard notation. There would be no mark for blow and a circle for draw. I use flat signs for bends which I think is keeping in with the rest of the music world so any musician of any instrument could understand it. I would love to hear what your playing sounds like but couldn't find any. This is what I sound like when I'm in a country mood.

Last Edited by
Diggsblues on Aug 27, 2022 1:40 PM
173 posts
Sep 02, 2022
9:20 AM
DiggsBlues - I am unsure of the purpose for your posted vid. Are you saying that it was sight-read from the "Chamber Huang method along with standard notation"? Or that you have tabbed out "Sloppin' the Hogs" so that the rest of the music world can also understand and then play or else accompany your piece?

My understanding is that harmonica players seldom sight-read when performing and that Tab is generally for either:

- Learning or teaching - lick practices & identifying detailed patterns / rhythms.
- Communication - from napkin scratching to full transcribing.

Last Edited by Shaganappi on Sep 02, 2022 9:33 AM
83 posts
Sep 02, 2022
1:48 PM
He wants everyone to tell him how great his playing is.
3064 posts
Sep 03, 2022
8:31 AM
He’s good!
But I think his intent to encourage the OP to post samples of his own playing.
2320 posts
Sep 03, 2022
12:37 PM
If I ask someone to put up their playing it's only fair I put mine. I was just showing what a master like Chamber Huang used. Schaef I'm taking your comment as a personal attack. I don't need anyone to tell me how great or bad my playing is. If I wanted people to tell me how great my playing is I wouldn't have used that example, maybe this

174 posts
Sep 04, 2022
9:21 AM
The Chamber Huang method appears to be just another rudimentary tab system without integral rhythm (unless a dual separate Standard Music staff is also employed). I believe most blues harp players do not use those (standard) duration symbols. On the other hand, BeatTab notation has precise & compact INTEGRAL duration values that are easily type-writable as opposed to requiring a staff or circles or arrows.

The objective value & merits of a notation should stand apart from the OP's harp abilities imo. But FYI, my playing is not nearly as good as yours DiggsBlues - and I have never made a vid.

Q - Did you sight-read using your stated method for the posted vid? Or did you initially learn how to play that piece from a supplied tab? Or have you personally tabbed it for other purposes? If you use (or desire to use) tab in some manner, I am interested in understanding what criteria a good player like you would evaluate a particular notation system for benefits for our community - both players & learners.
2323 posts
Sep 07, 2022
5:33 AM
Standard notation is the original tab. I very rarely use tab. Chamber always had standard notation with his tab. He was a virtuoso and had degrees in music and engineering

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