Chromaric Harp and Melodica Together

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  • #5445
    AvatarTom
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    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.
    Tom

    #5448
    AvatarAlan Brinton
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    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.

    #5450
    AvatarRodion
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    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 Nobu

    #5457
    AvatarTom
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    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.
    Tom

    #5462
    AvatarQuetscher
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    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.

    #5474
    AvatarLowboy
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    Questscher,

    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.

    Lowboy

    #5476
    AvatarQuetscher
    Participant

    Lowboy,

    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…

    #5480
    AvatarAlan Brinton
    Participant

    That’s fantastic, Quetscher! You do make that thing sing like a bluebird.

    #5527
    AvatarSteven Morris
    Participant

    Awesome video!

    The Chromatic Harmonica player’s name is Nobuo Tokunaga 🙂

    #5529
    AvatarCarlos Panela
    Participant

    wow, it sounds incrediblee

    #5576
    AvatarQuetscher
    Participant

    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.

    #5593
    AvatarSteven Morris
    Participant

    Questcher,

    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?

    #5595
    AvatarQuetscher
    Participant

    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.

    #5596
    AvatarLowboy
    Participant

    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. Lowboy

    #5598
    AvatarQuetscher
    Participant

    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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