Mudcat Café message #522626 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #37495   Message #522626
Posted By: Rick Fielding
07-Aug-01 - 12:18 PM
Thread Name: Chromatic Harp, Pedal Steel, diabolical!
Subject: Chromatic Harp, Pedal Steel, diabolical!
Got thinking about this after seeing the larry Adler obit.

As most know, I'm a real instrument "nerd", having managed to make some sense (and a bit of music) out of most anything I've bought, found, borrowed or inherited, but these are two instruments that have always had me completely baffed.

I've had a top quality Hohner Chromatic for almost thirty years now and can barely play a scale on it. I find it hard to blow period. I can do a rudementary job on a Marine band either cross or straight, but it strikes me that to learn chromatic you've REALLY got to study....including sight reading AND tongueing (sp) and that seems like too much work for me.

Same with Pedal Steel. I can get around on dobro and lap steel in a few tunings, but the levers on the pedal steel just seem too complicated, and once again, it looks like you'd really have to spend a huge amount of time on it, to utilize it's potential.

Any Chromatic blowers or "peddlers" at Mudcat?