Wednesday, January 27, 2010
As we ramp up for production we are always looking for great talant! We at Harrison Harmonicas, Inc. would like to proudly announce the addition of Dave Payne to our team! We are very excited to have added Dave's talents and wealth of knowledge. Please help us to welcome Dave to Harrison Harmonicas, Inc.
As Michael Peloqin has relocated from CA., Dave and his family will be relocating as well, from WV. I would also like to publicly thank them both of their dedication and for uprooting their lives for Harrison Harmonicas and our wonderful instrument! It is a true testimonial of their love for the harmonica! Thank you both!
Dave will be working directly with me in the factory as we begin production of the B-radical. --Dave, get ready for some 15 hour work days!
As a reminder Michael is our Customer Service Managing Partner. As a bonus to HH, Michael and Jason Ricci will be teaming up to offer Masterclasses in the near future. These classes are going to be amazing. Michael and Jason are not just World Class players, they are both great teachers too! It is exciting to listen to them talk passionately about what and how they are planing to offer something different. I am looking forward to theses classes, and will be attending them myself for sure.
While I am here:
We have been assembling the first lot of B-radical harmonicas in the key of Bb. They will be shipped out early next week! I am extremely proud of the B-radical! I personally can't wait for our clients to get the chance to finally receive and play them. Thank you all for your tremendous support and patience with regards to our production delays. Get ready, they are coming!!!
Harrison Harmonicas-"The only harmonica manufactured in the USA!"
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
It will cover the following topics:
Mixing techniques within your playing: In this portion of the workshop we'll go through a handful of specific riffs that have great examples of how you can mix various techniques to create a more well rounded solo.
Playing one position with different styles: In this section we will take 1st, 2nd and 3rd position and work on each one with various different grooves/styles of blues. This is especially important and interesting when it comes to 2nd & 3rd position. We are going to focus on approaches to playing those different styles for each position with examples of ideas/riffs for each of them.
Setting Amps for harmonica/getting good amplified tone: We'll go through the exact process that I would take to set up various amplifiers. This would be a perfect place/time to bring your amp out(if you have one) and I can help you produce the best tone for your mic/amp combo. Even if you don't have an amp you can learn how to set up amps that you use at jams or wherever. It's important knowledge for any harp player.
Now available for purchase, the best blues backing tracks in the world "The Ultimate Blues Jam Vol 1, Vol 2, and Harmonica Edition"
Purchase and download all 3 CDs on sale right here: http://www.payloadz.com/go/sip?id=1178226
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Grammy® Award winner Howard Levy in conjunction with ArtistWorks Inc. (AWI), is excited to launch The Howard Levy Harmonica School (HLHS) ? the first ever online personal video exchange school that will teach students around the world to play harmonica, including the various genres of jazz, blues, folk, classical and world music. Partnered with online video technology experts AWI, Levy integrates years of experience as a player and educator with their innovative video exchange teaching technology. Students around the world can now study one on one with harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy. Up until now video education has been a very one-dimensional learning experience. With AWI's groundbreaking video platform, learning has now become a multi-dimensional experience that is more efficient, collaborative and fun. AWI's personal video exchange technology is revolutionizing the musical learning experience.
Howard Levy is the world's most advanced diatonic harmonica player and out of him flows radiant music. His entire life has been musical - since his early compositions and improvisations at age nine. He doesn't play just harp, he plays instruments from all the families and applies his masterful technique to each. His harmonica style is influenced by multiple cultures, as well as playing other musical instruments. Levy is widely known as a founding member of the Flecktones and has also performed and recorded with Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Simon, John Prine, and many others.
HLHS offers the most extensive, educational harmonica program available online. Levy's comprehensive interactive video curriculum is a self-paced program categorized by skill level (beginner harmonica to advanced), as well as by styles (jazz, blues, world music, classical and folk). Student members to the HLHS watch and study the harmonica video lessons at their appropriate skill level or style preference. Using a basic webcam, students record themselves practicing and submit their video online using the site's video exchange system. Once the student's video is uploaded, Levy reviews every video and responds directly to students with a personalized critique, either by video or written evaluation. The exchange between master harmonica teacher and student are subsequently published on the site for all students in the community to learn from.
The Howard Levy Harmonica School is built on the proprietary technology platform and video exchange system of ArtistWorks, Inc. Originally implemented at the Jimmy Bruno Guitar Institute, the AWI format allows virtuoso musicians to teach the world by presenting their full method or curriculum on video to subscribers of their sites. The artist offers instruction and guidance through personalized video exchange lessons online. The students and the artists use simple webcams to manage the video flow using the Video Management System created by ArtistWorks. This inventive use of video exchange for the instruction of musical instruments has been implemented at Qbert Skratch University, the Andreas Oberg Guitar Universe, Peery Piano Online, Tony Trischka School of Banjo and now, the Howard Levy Harmonica School. All online lessons are available for a $60.00 subscription fee for a three-month period.
Harmonica reeds in stroboscopy: See how the reeds of a harmonica vibrate.
Basically there is a 'blow reed' that vibrates while blowing and a 'draw reed' vibrating whilst you draw. Advanced playing techniques -called 'bending' and 'overblowing' allow reeds to switch functions. When the harmonica player is 'bending the tone' both reed do vibrate at the same time. It is used to produce a lower voice and has some special sound characteristics that made the harmonica so usefull for the blues (it does not sound good here because I overdid it for demonstration purposes). In overblowing the harmonica player switches the reeds functions. She/he makes the draw reed vibrate whilst blowing. This produces a higher sound (here again, not beautifull to the ear but impressive to see).
Thanks to Prof. Dr. Neuschaefer-Rube from the Universitätsklinikum Aachen (RWTH Aachen University) for letting me use the stroboscope which is usually used to examine patient's vocal folds vibration.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Here is a passage from the book THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck.
"A harmonica is easy to carry. Take it out of your hip pocket, knock it against your palm to shake out the dirt and pocket fuzz and bits of tobacco. Now it's ready. You can do anything with a harmonica: thin reedy single tone, or chords, or melody with rhythm chords. You can mold the music with curved hands, making it wail and cry like bagpipes, making it full and round like an organ, making it as sharp and bitter as the reed pipes of the hills. And you can play and put it back in your pocket. It's always with you, always in your pocket. And as you play, you learn new tricks, new ways to mold the tone with your hands, to pinch the tone with your lips, and no one teaches you. You feel around - sometimes alone in the shade at noon, sometimes in the tent after supper... Your foot taps gently on the ground. Your eyebrows rise and fall in rhythm. And if you lose it or break it, why, it's no great loss. You can buy another for a quarter.”
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
I was the victim of theft of musical equipment taken from my van parked in my driveway(sometime after 1am this morning 12/30). Here is a list of equipment taken, any leads or help finding any or all equipment will be rewarded.
· 1 FENDER 1965 BLACKFACE DELUXE REISSUE(SN AC082182)
· 1 DESIGNED TO FIT COVER FOR REISSUE DELUXE
· 1 FENDER NOS TWEED LIMITED BLUES JUNIOR(SN D16831)
· 1 DESIGNED TO FIT COVER FOR BLUES JUNIOR
· 1 FENDER HOTROD DEVILLE AMP(SN B265801)
· 1 TUKI COVER FOR HOTROD DEVILLE
· 1 MACKIE 808M PA HEAD
· 1 MARS ROLLING PA CASE FOR MACKIE 808M
· 1 CARVIN MINI PA AMP AG100 D(SN OD14535)
· 1 SKB 1200 12 SPACE MICROPHONE CASE
· 3 SHURE SM 58 MICROPHONES W/CABLES
· PA CABLES
· 1 1982 TOKAI STRATOCASTER
· 1 LEATHER DOUBLE GUITAR GIGBAG(BROWN)
· 1 FENDER 'MISSISSIPPI SAXOPHONE' TWEED HARMONICA CASE
· 6 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMINCAS KEY OF A
· 1 HOHNER MARINE BAND HARMONICA, KEY OF G CUSTOMIZED BY WORKING MAN HARPS
· 1 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICA, KEY OF Ab
· 1 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICA, KEY OF Bb
· 3 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICAS, KEY OF C
· 1 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICA, KEY OF Db
· 2 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICAS, KEY OF D
· 1 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICA KEY OF Eb
· 1 HOHNER MARINE BAND HARMONICA, KEY OF E
· 1 HOHNER MARINE BAND HARMONICA, KEY OF F
· 2 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICAS, KEY OF LOW F
· 1 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICA, KEY OF LOW D
· 1 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICA, KEY OF LOW C
· 1 HOHNER SPECIAL 20 HARMONICA, KEY OF LOW E
· 2 HOHNER MARINE BAND 465 HARMONICAS, KEY OF C
· 1 HOHNER SUPER 64 CHROMATIC HARMONICA
· 1 HERING CHROMATIC HARMONICA
· 1 HOHNER 'SCHOOL BOY' HARMONICA, KEY OF C
· 1 ASTATIC JT-30 MICROPHONE(151) CUSTOMIZED BY MR. MICROPHONE(CHROME)
· 1 ROAD CASE BRIEFCASE(BLACK)
· FOLLOWING ITEMS INSIDE:
· 10 SETS GHS MED GAUGE BOOMER STRINGS
· 50 VARIOUS GHS BOOMER STRINGS