Reply To: Giant Steps Monsters of Melodica

Alan Brinton

I agree that the Hammond sounds like a soprano sax in parts of the Monsters video, but I think what’s most impressive is the demonstration of virtuosity that one doesn’t expect or even think possible on a melodica. We marvel at it on a sax, but we are not shocked by it, because we know the instrument has those capabilities even if most players don’t. Melodicas have their own sound. I’m impressed by hearing them made to sound like a harmonica or a saxophone. But hearing someone do kinds of things that these other instruments do is what really blows me away and should astound people who think the melodica is just a toy. I love Toots Thielemans. I like to hear a melodica sounding like a chromatic harmonica, and I make my feeble efforts to get that sound. But the real question is about the extent to which it might be possible to do the kinds of things on a melodica that Toots does on his harmonica. If I hear somebody actually doing so, I know it can be done. And it seems to me that this is the real significance of this video.

Bluesette, anyone?

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