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7 Comments

  • Katie Says:

    Great stuff! The method you came up with completely broadens the potential of the harmonica as a lead instrument. It gave it a unique sound and almost unlimited versatility. I really enjoyed the songs and look forward to hearing more.

  • Billy Says:

    Very cool stuff.

  • Mithril Says:

    This website looks (and sounds =) great! Hope to see some big things happen here.

  • Ron Jones Says:

    Bill. I won’t sleep tonight thanks to you…
    Are the harps in production? Availabiliy? Cost in Canadian dollars? Definately interested.
    Thanks. R
    P S …magnets as couplings will probably distort the reeds.

  • bill Says:

    R, use the formula on my tech page and couple two single diatonic harmonicas together accordingly. Use harmonicas that you already own assuming you own a few tuned in different keys. Otherwise buy a G and an A OR a B flat and a C (preferably special 20’s) put them together. Use velcro or tape its the easiest to start with. Watch my video on “How to Couple” if you want a more permanent arrangement. Practice the diatonic scales (Do Ray Me etc.) in the low octave. Either of My CD’s can help if you want something to try and imitate after you spend a little time with playing two. Do Not Be Discouraged! I’ve been playing two or what I refer to as the 20 hole diatonic for six years now and the first six months were very, very clumsy, but my perseverance paid off BIG TIME. If you want to set up a call visit me at harmonicadoctor@gmail.com and state “Set up a call” in the subject line. Thanks for your interest in joining the “Versatile Diatonic Harmonica Players Club”, no dues of fees. Bill Price, aka the harmonica doctor

  • Ron Says:

    Not sure if I’m at legal liberty to ask a question about your reinvented harp. I’ll ask anyway.
    Do you suggest a “spacer” of sort to separate the units since stacking them leaves too little lip space. Perhaps a small wood block at each end With the new bolts passing through lower harp, through the spacer and through the upper unit.
    I hope your patent efforts pass in your favor. I’m not privy to your endeavours. Ron J

  • bill Says:

    Thanks Ron, I don’t use spacers, but honestly I never tried it. I’m so used to just simply fastened them without anything in between that I never investigated any other way. If you look at my how to couple video you’ll see that there is a slight angle tilt of the openings toward each other. It actually helps when going from the upper to the lower and vise/versa. I would give this method a try for a while before introducing spacers. I also place the lower tone harp on top (G on top, A bottom etc.), but it would also work in reverse. lower on top is arrangement I taught myself to play with.

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