Harmonica solos--like 'em, hate 'em, it depends (on what)?

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Harmonica solos--like 'em, hate 'em, it depends (on what)?

  1. Like 'em

    27.5%
  2. Hate 'em

    3.8%
  3. It depends on whether they're artfully done

    36.3%
  4. It depends on whether they're brief

    6.3%
  5. It depends on someone other than Dylan is doing them

    8.8%
  6. It depends on their purpose/context in the song

    31.3%
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  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    If you like 'em, which ones/what kinds, and why?

    If not, why not?

    Just curious!

    (By the way, big fan here of some--some--of Dylan's harmonica solos/parts....)
     
  2. Teleterr

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    I like how Dylan has been playing the harmonica for 60 years and still can t play it.
     
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  3. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    I don’t like Dylan/Neil Young harmonica solos.

    I love Kim Wilson, Little Walter, Big Walter, Slim Harpo and James Cotton (the style of harp playing I attempt).
     
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    I love the harp solo on LZ's 'You Shook Me'. Plant's "uuuah-heah-uuuuuah-heah" in the middle makes me smile every time. I hope I spelled that right.
     
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    Bends ..........
     
  6. memorex

    memorex Friend of Leo's

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    If Howard Levy's playing it, I'll listen all day.
     
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    you know that guy who gets up at open mic to blow? or begs you to let him sit in for just one tune?
    he ALWAYS overplays
    it's his fault that I hate harmonica
     
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    1.25
    Mind blown!
     
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    Depends of the song but whatever Mark Feltham plays is good in my book.
     
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  10. archetype

    archetype Fiend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    The best example of stunt harmonica playing, ever.

    Edit: News at 11, man wows blues crowd, plays harmonica behind his head.
     
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    Much like banjo players, harmonica players haven't got a clue what their instrument sounds like out front...thus they overcompensate. More Cowbell!

    I dislike Dylanesque playing: can't remember the lyric? Blow some noise.

    Don't stand next to the harmonica player, you'll usually get wet. Esp. true if he has to swap harps in mid tune. In between tunes, he's slapping the spit out of them. Ew!
     
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    Toots Thielemans is fantastic.

    This is one from his Brazil Project album, but he has many more, check them out.

    Very different from Dylan-type harmonica.



    Mike
     
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    I suppose it depends on the song & context. But I can say that player with Blues Traveler (John Popper?) grates on my nerves to no end. Don't know if it's the frequency range, his mannerisms, the material or what but it absolutely slays me. My wife, she says it "grumpifies" me. She's right.
     
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    I generally loathe them (diatonic “harpmonicas”) and their owner/operators.
    I love what Stevie Wonder does with chromatic harmonicas.
    That’s it.
    Only him.
    I know one great harmonica player/singer, Johnny Santos.
    He knows how to play, what to play, when to play, and when not to play.
    Great singer, too.
    Anyways, guys who wannna sit in, or guys that do sit in, invited or not bug me.
    Most of the players I have experienced don’t know how to stop.
    As you may have surmised, I largely can’t stand em’!
     
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  15. chezdeluxe

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    I like my own harmonica solos. :rolleyes:
     
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    There's Big Walter Horton's solo on Jimmy Rogers "Walking By Myself"...and then there's everything else.
    At the 1:22 mark...
     
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    I know a couple of guys who play harmonica well. I enjoy listening to them. I suppose they are like a lot of instruments like banjos, accordions, and bagpipes. Poorly played they can be pretty annoying. Every once in a while somebody comes along and it's like wow! Played with skill and subtlety they all can produce beautiful music.
     
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    I always thought this song had a quality harmonica solo. (around the 2:30 mark)

     
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    The amazing, late Norton Buffalo.
    He was a coll singer, too!
     
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    I've been playing harmonica professionally off and on since probably 1983, if memory serves me correctly.

    Electric blues and acoustic "folk" (we call it American now) bands. Acoustic solo with a harp in a rack, too. I've done some studio work.

    And I've sat in with jazz and country bands. And played harmonica in worship.

    There was a time when the blues band played 30 songs a night, and I played at least 24 bars on probably 21 to 24 of them.

    I've got nothing against harmonica solos. But I've also been onstage with harmonica players who play over everything or don't get that a song doesn't have standard changes.

    And these days I get tired of my own playing after half an hour on stage at a blues jam.
     
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