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Deamt up instrument

Dave the Gnome 09 Nov 16 - 04:29 AM
Will Fly 09 Nov 16 - 04:38 AM
Raggytash 09 Nov 16 - 06:04 AM
Jack Campin 09 Nov 16 - 06:54 AM
GUEST,Tom Napper 09 Nov 16 - 08:59 AM
Dave the Gnome 09 Nov 16 - 09:12 AM
Jack Campin 09 Nov 16 - 10:41 AM
McGrath of Harlow 10 Nov 16 - 09:44 AM
Andy7 10 Nov 16 - 02:58 PM
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Subject: Deamt up instrument
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 09 Nov 16 - 04:29 AM

I had a very strange dream last night. Part of it involved me purchasing a package that contained 2 mouth organs - One in C and one in C#. In the dream I thought, what a good idea. Fasten both into a dual gob iron holder, one above the other, and you the ability to play in any key without using a button.

May be a pig to play in some keys but has anyone ever done it?

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Deamt up instrument
From: Will Fly
Date: 09 Nov 16 - 04:38 AM

I've seen quite a few people play with two held in one hand, one above the other, over the years. Not a half-tone apart, I have to say, but it's certainly been done.


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Subject: RE: Deamt up instrument
From: Raggytash
Date: 09 Nov 16 - 06:04 AM

Many years ago I saw a chap who had about 10 mouth organs fastened round a shaft so he merely rotated the staff to play the instrument in the selected key.

Again many years ago Ted Edwards fashioned a one string omelette pandolin. One omelette pan, one six inch ruler and some frets together with one string ............ and it worked.


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Subject: RE: Deamt up instrument
From: Jack Campin
Date: 09 Nov 16 - 06:54 AM

Multiple mouth organs on a spindle have been around for a long time - Eddie Wallace from Glasgow uses one with all 12 keys (weighs a ton). 6 is the commonest; you can buy the spindles from Hohner (though my guru Iain Grant latterly preferred to put Tombo moothies in his, as they were better and cheaper). They are usually laid out in fifths; Iain's were Bb, F, C, G, D, A. Do the Bluebell Polka in both F and G and you can get through them all.

If anybody ever found a reason to use 2 semitonally separated moothies the same way as a chromatic, it will probably have been Sam Hinton. Try his set of instructional moothie videos on YouTube (hosted by the New Age pianist George Winston).


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Subject: RE: Deamt up instrument
From: GUEST,Tom Napper
Date: 09 Nov 16 - 08:59 AM

Check out Brendan Power's Twin Harmonica System on www.brendan-power.com


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Subject: RE: Deamt up instrument
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 09 Nov 16 - 09:12 AM

Looks good. I guess the difference between that and an 'ordinary' chromatic is that you can combine any keys - G/D for instance to play along with English melodeon styles?

Difference between it and my dreamt up one though is the Power's one still has a button and single row of holes. With my dreamt up one there was no button and two rows of holes so, for instance, you could accompany yourself on guitar. You would lose speed but gain flexibility. I think!

DtG


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Subject: RE: Deamt up instrument
From: Jack Campin
Date: 09 Nov 16 - 10:41 AM

Sam Hinton frequently used fifth-apart pairs of moothies that way. George Current does the same. Hinton demonstrates some clever stuff where he has four moothies in his hands at once and shuttles them sideways to get two in play at any one time.

George Current once told me it is actually possible to blow and suck on a moothie at the same time - you can channel the exhaust back around.


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Subject: RE: Deamt up instrument
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 10 Nov 16 - 09:44 AM

Blow and suck at the same time? I'd have to see and hear that to believe it. I mean circular breathing is bad enough ( and I can't do it), but at least the mouth and nose gives you two airways.


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Subject: RE: Deamt up instrument
From: Andy7
Date: 10 Nov 16 - 02:58 PM

I recently got myself a harmonica. There's a warning in the accompanying booklet to stop playing it immediately if one of the notes ever goes out of tune, as there's a risk that the (metal) reed could then snap off and be inhaled into the windpipe. Yikes! does that ever really happen?


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