Joe, as a 50+ tongue blocker you know the tongue is important to playing. But I also like to pucker on a Tremlo and play extra notes even though they are not a true chord. I like to tongue block and vamp . It all adds to sound and except for musicians an audience doesn't know , it only hears the effect.
Yes I also tab a song from music to translate hole positions for different harmonicas and to change keys. A lot of forum writers condemn Tabs but I find them a quicker way to start a strange song. Yes I know, tabs don't give rhythm , but if we have the music or have heard the song it's no problem.
Joe, buying a collection of harmonicas for better sound does not make one a better player. Only practice does that. Get out your Tremlo and swing it.
Well here it is a couple of months since my last post, and I cobbled together enough gift cards over Christmas to land myself the the Seydel Fanfare S. When I was here last I got helpful comments from several of you, including Rex and dezzy, about practice and characteristics of tremolos in general. My interest in the chromatic style mouthpiece and solo tuning was rewarded by a very satisfying playing experience in which the instrument was highly responsive and my playing was accurate. I'm working it into my play/practice routine and look forward to using it. Interestingly enough, taking to heart the comments from other posters, my most intensive play and practice is likely to be on my Hohner Weekender and Echo 48 harmonicas. I just got the Fanfare this week so in the months since my last post, the Hohners have been where I've spent my practice time. I've become more comfortable with them and am playing them better. Also, so much of the folk/traditional repertoire I'm playing on tremolo sounds better with the chords available with a Richter layout. For that reason, I expect to continue the use of traditional tremolo layout harps for most of my own playing, enjoying the Fanfare as a different sort of instrument.
I admit to no experience with Seydel harmonicas before this. I was aware of the company's reputation and broad appeal of its harmonicas among enthusiasts, but I'd never seen one, let alone played one. My interest in the Fanfare, as I stated previously, was curiosity about the mouthpiece and solo tuning. The build quality, mouthpiece comfort, overall response, and tremolo response exceeded all my expectations. It is truly an amazing instrument.
Hi Joe. The Fanfare will not be a problem for you as I believe you understand music and not a beginner. Anyone with a tuner, and most seem to get one, can just Blow/Draw in every hole and write down the notes for all the holes. Don't have to worry about not having a printed chart. Once the position of the notes are found it is just a matter of transposing the music note and practice until muscle memory takes over. I feel some beginners are too technical and get scared to just Blow/Draw and make music. Time to get technical later. I agree that vamping even when it's not a true chord makes music more melodious to an audience, even if teachers shudder. Another point I believe is to play your own interpretation of a piece. Slow or fast in certain sections, soft or loud in other sections. You violate the songwriter's effort, but you put your own soul into the music. Perhap I'm a nut but that's what I enjoy.
Perhaps don't vamp when playing a solo with a pianist. !!