Melodica Studies and Blues Melodica Recordings
January 7, 2018 at 10:49 pm #9591
Here is a recording of about ten melodica solos from a live performance of acoustic roots/folk/rock music. I hope this link works. It has been a while since I have posted anything from SoundCloud.
. . . Well I tried about eight times to post a SoundCloud track and it did not work. I must have lost my touch or I got locked out after several attempts. I will try later.
In any case, that track is on my SoundCloud page along with other melodica studies and blues recordings. I created these studies and recordings to show how expressive the melodica can be. (The links to all of these recordings, originally posted on MelodicaWorld, were broken by Dropbox.com as they changed to a new service.)
So when you get a chance, put on some headphones and listen to a few of my recordings on SoundCloud. I think you will hear some interesting sound you never thought could be made with a melodica. You can find my SoundCloud page by searching SoundCloud.com for “Lowboy Bootay.”
In the meantime I will figure out how to properly embed a SoundCloud link in a MelodicaWorld post. It looks like the process has changed.
LowboyJanuary 8, 2018 at 12:07 am #9593
That works. Instructive, worth studying. Got my dog Charlie barking and his sister Etta mildly woofing.January 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm #9594
LOL The melodica seems to have that effect on dogs.February 6, 2018 at 1:50 am #9730
Just signed-up with Melodica World and came across your recordings on Soundcloud. HOW DID YOU DO THAT?? “Ultimate Blues Harmonica Sound from a Melodica” on Soundcloud just made me sit-up and say “now that’s a some great harmonica playing” and then I realized it is a melodica. Great stuff!! Thanks for sharing.February 10, 2018 at 3:51 pm #9733
Welcome to Melodica World.
Describing my techniques, equipment, and the three-year development process is a very long story. A number of my SoundcCloud recordings have descriptions of the equipment I use. The next time you are listening to one of my recordings on SoundCloud, click on the photo associated with the recording and a description of the recording will appear in most cases.
I have documented my discoveries and techniques for the better part of three years on Melodica World. So if you review my posts, you can see nearly everything I have tried and descriptions of my explorations.
My work in getting a melodica to sound like–and be expressive as–an amplified blues harmonica has come a long way recently, but I have not had time to document (record) the results. I will be making some new recordings in the near future as I am now playing regularly with some blues players.
Nearly everything revolves around the fact that Hohner HM-26, HM-27, and HM-32 melodicas project the sound out of the back of the instrument. About three years ago, by accident, I discovered that if you hold the back of the instrument against your chest, the sound is muffled. My moving the instrument away from and towards your chest, and using other techniques, you can get a wide range of modulations from the instrument that are not possible with any other melodica.
Thanks for your interest.
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