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  • #13167

    Hey there, I’ll post the link I bought replacements from

    http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/westmusic/item/10009572/

    Hope this helps!

    #10148

    I think this is a really interesting and important discussion. Ill soon be handing in my masters research on this subject along with pieces of music showing how expressive the melodica can be as an instrument (including notation showing specific techniques).

    In the UK there is also a grade syllabus which includes the melodica but only up to grade 3. My aim this year is to get involved with the syllabus and expand it if possible. Compositions for the melodica on the syllabus are not specific to the instrument though sadly. You could pick up the grade pieces and play them on violin or flute.

    Id like to hear peoples thoughts on improving the perception of the melodica…

    #9598

    Above is a picture I recently took of the Suzuki Pro, Suzuki M37, Hammond 44 and Hammond Bass

    #9597

    Suzuki Pro 37, Suzuki M37, Hammond 44 and Hammond bass

    #9134

    I have begun putting together layered videos of melodicas, mainly for fun and to show some techniques of the melodica through well known pieces! Would be great to get feedback for future ones.

    #9103

    Hi Lowboy,

    These studies are great, and I would love to reference them in my research masters focusing on melodica techniques. Also I would like to send you a questionnaire which would take about 10 mins to complete if thats OK with you? It is about various aspects of the melodica and I will use them in my final thesis which will be published next year.

    My email is kingn7@uni.coventry.ac.uk

    For anyone else who would like to take part I would love to hear from you, and I can send you over the questionnaire!

    Many thanks!
    Nathan

    #8960

    That was my first time playing the Pro-37 and it has a great touch. Made moving around the melodica effortless. And I agree with the power of it. That small setup meant everything was quite audible. We performed those pieces later that evening in a venue, and using a microphone for the melodica is always a problem. Has anyone found any interesting ways of micing it up?

    #8954

    Heres a rehearsal video of anyone interested in gypsy jazz. I feel the melodica fits really well in this setting playing melodies and chords. Here are links to Danse Norvegienne and Minor Swing. Would like to know peoples opinions!

    #8857

    @jazzman1945 I would be very interested in hearing the jazz trio, where could I find a recording and/or sheet music?

    I posted a while back some questions I am asking melodica players for a rounded view of the instrument and what im studying about it. I will copy and paste the questions again. Thanks in advance for answering the questions!

    1. What about the melodica makes it a unique instrument? (if you think it is a unique instrument)

    2. What sort of techniques do you use that you believe idiomatic (specific) to the instrument?

    3. Have you experimented much with the melodica, electronics maybe?

    4. How do you think it could be improved?

    5. FINALLY What do you love about the melodica? (everyone is here I imagine because they enjoy playing and experimenting just as much as I do)

    #8335

    Hi there, I see this is an old post but do you remember where you ordered these plates from? I’m struggling to find anything online at the minute.

    Thanks
    Nathan

    #8320

    Also I came across your circular breathing video a few months ago Daren so its nice (and surreal) to be talking in a forum with people who are actively playing with the melodica.

    #8319

    It is great hearing all the same names pop up. It assures me I am researching in the right places! Daren, the videos are, circular breathing is a technique I have been looking into. As I come from a piano background I have never needed to use it but am currently learning. Any scores you have would be greatly appreciated as I would like to know how you have scored the melodica parts.

    The questions I am asking to help put together research for my Masters are as follows (anyone feel free to answer, I would love to hear from people with many different backgrounds)

    1. What about the melodica makes it a unique instrument? (if you think it is a unique instrument)

    2. What sort of techniques do you use that you believe idiomatic (specific) to the instrument?

    3. Have you experimented much with the melodica, electronics maybe?

    4. How do you think it could be improved?

    5. FINALLY What do you love about the melodica? (everyone is here I imagine because they enjoy playing and experimenting just as much as I do)

    Thankyou in advance!

    #8274

    Hi Daren, great to hear from you!

    I am getting the hang of a few interesting techniques you have shown here. My idea will be to put on a concert in Coventry in the UK where I will perform original pieces for various ensemble groups and solo melodica. For instance, piano and melodica, melodica solo, melodica duo, melodica quintet and melodica with my function band, which is where I use it most anyway.

    Do you have any melodica composition Daren I could analyse and maybe reference in my academic paper?

    Also I have a few questions which I am using to gather information from melodica players around the globe. If any one here could answer a few that would be a great help!

    #8241

    Thanks Alan, I had not actually come across Eugen Doga! So already posting here is helping. Makoto Namura is very interesting as he has a video showing off some extended techniques which I am very interested in as I want to compose studies based around different techniques.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtZ0fM8ltwc – here is the video if anyone is interested.

    I would love to know what extended techniques people here have across with the melodica. I am aware that ‘Lowboy’ has some studies they have put on the forum which are very interesting.

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