Chromaric Harp and Melodica Together
June 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm #5445TomParticipant
Not sure if this is the correct forum but I want to share this incredible series of duo videos of Masa Matsuda and a chromatic harmonica player whose name I do not know.
The link should bring you to one of a half dozen wonderful videos of these two masters. There’s so much to love about this duo not the least of which is Masa’s fantastic comping skills. Chromatic harp and melodica together…what’s not to love. Enjoy.
TomJune 9, 2015 at 2:06 am #5448Alan BrintonParticipant
Matsuda is the Franz Liszt of the keyboard harmonica, in fine two handed form here. These guys are really cooking. Thanks, Tom, this makes my day.June 9, 2015 at 6:31 am #5450RodionParticipant
Thanks for sharing – really nice both in virtuosity and composition 🙂
and a chromatic harmonica player whose name I do not know.
I dare to suggest the harpist is Tokunaga NobuJune 10, 2015 at 6:06 am #5457TomParticipant
Glad you guys enjoyed it. And thanks for the harp players name, Rodion. That is an efficient looking two-handed technique. I haven’t tried to play with two hands yet but it looks like he mostly reserves the left hand for the lowest keys. Interesting.
TomJune 12, 2015 at 5:49 am #5462
That’s a fantastic video and it shows quite clearly the differences in sound and playing of melodica and harp. I’m amazed how well these two free reed instruments mix together.June 14, 2015 at 1:34 pm #5474LowboyParticipant
Your blues improvisation on your SoundCloud page is beautiful. One minute I think I am listening to a sax, the next minute I think I am listening to a clarinet, then the lower notes sound melodica like. Great bending of high notes and great expressiveness. You pulled out all the stops on this one.
LowboyJune 14, 2015 at 5:40 pm #5476
I’m glad you discovered my recording and I’m overwhelmed that you like it that much! Thank you so much!
I wasn’t sure if I should post it on melodicaworld because I didn’t get a take that I was entirely content with, but here it is:
Hope you enjoy it…June 14, 2015 at 10:14 pm #5480Alan BrintonParticipant
That’s fantastic, Quetscher! You do make that thing sing like a bluebird.June 27, 2015 at 4:04 am #5527Steven MorrisParticipant
The Chromatic Harmonica player’s name is Nobuo Tokunaga 🙂June 28, 2015 at 1:16 pm #5529Carlos PanelaParticipant
wow, it sounds incredibleeJuly 6, 2015 at 8:30 am #5576
Hi Alan, hi Steven,
Thanks for your comments via Melodicaworld and Soundcloud. I’m glad you liked it!
@Steven: Usually I damp my Vibrandoneon with foam, but this time I didn’t, so the warm sound may be a result of the tube amp effect that I used on this recording.July 8, 2015 at 6:39 am #5593Steven MorrisParticipant
I’m intrigued! Could you please share your ideas about dampening? I’m really interested in trying out something like that with my Suzuki Melodion.
Have you tried foam inside of a Melodica/Melodion?July 9, 2015 at 6:25 pm #5595
I never put foam inside of an instrument, just damped from outside, so I don’t know if this would work. If you damp from outside you will need a melodica that is either built like an accordion (Vibrandoneon or Eolina) or that has slits at the bottom, so either you can press the melodica against your body or tape the slits.July 9, 2015 at 6:47 pm #5596LowboyParticipant
Alan is the expert, but I would add that just because a melodica has holes or slots on the back, does not mean the sound is projected from these holes or slots. Often the holes or slots on the back are there for what I imagine is air circulation, sound tuning (with most of the sound emerging from beneath the keyboard), or esthetics. Covering the slots on the back of most melodicas will have minimal effect on the tone. LowboyJuly 9, 2015 at 7:09 pm #5598
Thanks Lowboy, I didn’t know that! So isn’t there any way to change the sound of a melodica-like built instrument?
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