Reply To: Melodica Playing Techniques


Hi Jazzman,

Nice playing. Welcome to the forum. Together, all of us will make the world hungry for the melodica. It may take 50 years however!

In terms of the key click, I actually like it most of the time as I am primarily a blues and R&B player.

I tend to play the melodica keyboard aggressively, having played rock and blues Hammond organ for many years. In my organ days, sometimes my hands would be bloody after a concert. The Hammond also has an electronic key click that is considered by many to be an essential part of the sound. So sometimes I play hard to get the click. But I am learning that to emulate the harp, I am better off playing legato.

I have been working very hard on my sound for the last couple of months and will post my latest advancements this weekend. It has been a struggle to get where I am. There were days when I thought I would just give up, but I am persevering.

In a few minutes I am going to post a recording that compares the sound of several melodicas. I promised I would do that.

Then I am going to make a recording of my latest efforts to get a cool “melodica blues sound.” Between unorthodox playing techniques and a few sound shaping tools that harp players use, the blues sound is starting to come together.



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