Obligatory harmonica playing by lead singers

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Re: Obligatory harmonica playing by lead singers

Postby Snarfyguy » 10 Mar 2018, 05:57

Very Stable Baron wrote:My instinct was to come on here and say something snarky and dismissive about the very concept. But on reflection, I don’t mind so much! Hell, I even like the LZ examples!

My knee-jerk reaction is to say I hate it, but on reflection I even don't want to revisit the stuff and find out, having had precipitously diminishing returns with "blues rock."
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Re: Obligatory harmonica playing by lead singers

Postby Pansy Puff » 10 Mar 2018, 07:53

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Jimbo wrote: Now, I'm still not sure how it works and I'll get this wrong but sorta, but if a song in the key of E, for some reason, I was told by Billy, the A harp was called for. You had to be a good harp player to get some harmony out of the two different keysD


Only a requirement in blues. Play the harp two steps up from the key of the song. Otherwise you can't get the blue notes (iirc).

. Other musics differ.

Other way, I think. So my C harp plays the blues in A (basically C and Am scales are the same notes so I just need to blow like hell to get the flat E)
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Re: Obligatory harmonica playing by lead singers

Postby Jimbo » 10 Mar 2018, 09:13

Left off the topic theme is lead singers obligatory playing of maracas, tambourines, cowbells and that odd thing you slap and it goes buzzzzzz.
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Re: Obligatory harmonica playing by lead singers

Postby Osgood » 10 Mar 2018, 09:30

Jimbo wrote:Left off the topic theme is lead singers obligatory playing of maracas, tambourines, cowbells and that odd thing you slap and it goes buzzzzzz.

Better that than dancing until the fucking guitar solo ends
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Re: Obligatory harmonica playing by lead singers

Postby Six String » 10 Mar 2018, 21:31

The use of the harmonica on the last two Talk Talk albums was a surprise, in a good way. It was a brilliant use of the instrument that takes it beyond the blues.

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Re: Obligatory harmonica playing by lead singers

Postby Belle Lettre » 10 Mar 2018, 23:11

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Re: Obligatory harmonica playing by lead singers

Postby sloopjohnc » 12 Mar 2018, 21:34

While I don't dig his music that much, Huey Lewis is probably in the top three of lead singers/harmonica players.

I enjoy Robert Plant's tone - it's very Chicago blues - but he doesn't play that hard of stuff. But he's gotta style.

I was also thinking Stevie Wonder, he's very good at chromatic, and Lee Oskar and Magic Dick, but Wonder's the only lead singer.

Lee Oskar is probably the best of all of them.