Traditional Irish Music
Starting in 1820 when that 16 year old, Herr Bushmann put some pitch-pipes together to make the first "mundaeoline," harmonicas have been playing all sorts of music styles ever since. Playing "Celtic" music with harmonicas is a challenge (at least for me) ... and really fun, once your mouth figures out how to play the piper-like nature of the Irish/Celtic music style. I mostly prefer using the "diatonic," ten-hole types that were created by another 16-year old, Herr Hohner, around the 1860s. They're inexpensive, but with a little customizing and sanding to make the tone holes tight, they become very professional sounding. Tony said I could use the blog to help us reed harp players talk about the ways these wonderful little instruments are used to play music that is in the traditions of Celtic music found throughout the world.
For starters, I have some of my tunes posted on YouTube that I hope will help get this discussion going. When I go out in group playing, I use a little battery-operated, Roland Cube to get that small (very small) bit of amp needed to play with very resonant instruments like the fiddle, dulcimer, etc..
I know there's a LOT of reed harp folk far better than I am, and it'd be good to hear from you. -- That KelticDead guy.
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