We’re Strictly Diatonic!
Harpin’ By The Sea is all about the 10 hole, Richter tuned, diatonic harmonica. That’s the blues, 10 hole, or short harp to most of us. If you have a Chromatic, Tremolo, or Octave style harmonica, by all means bring it along, but you will need to invest in a 10 hole, Richter tuned, diatonic harp to participate in our workshops. An example is pictured here.
Not sure where to get one? There will be a trade stand at the event, run by Hobgoblin Music, selling discounted diatonic harps. You can pick one up on the day.
In a nutshell we’re Bob Dylan rather than Larry Adler, but if you’re still unclear, that’s absolutely fine – give us a quick call and we’ll be happy to explain. Alternatively visit www.harpsurgery.com. Either way, don’t let any of this prevent you from enjoying a whole new world of music making.
You will need a 10 hole diatonic harmonica in the key of C Major. The letter C will be visible on the box, or your harmonica’s metal cover plate, or on the end of your harmonica.
You should bring a small set of 10 hole diatonic harps, including the keys of C, A, D and G Major. You will not be able to follow the full programme if you only bring one harmonica. A limited number of discounted harmonicas in various keys will be available to purchase at the event.
You should bring your full set of 10 hole diatonic harmonicas in a standard selection of Major keys. Other tunings are also welcome, however these are in addition to the core Major keys. You will not be able to follow the full programme if you only bring one harmonica. A limited number of discounted harmonicas in various keys will be available to purchase at the event.
The following items will also prove useful on the day:
- Water bottle
- Spending money
- Mobile phone
Food & Drink
You are welcome to bring drinks, fruit and light snacks into our workshops, however picnic lunches (sandwiches etc) cannot be consumed on site. Please help us return empty glasses and china to the bar when your workshop is finished and dispose of any litter sensibly. Do also be aware that eating, drinking and harmonica playing are not the best of bedfellows – food particles and sticky saliva can clog reeds and create unwelcome surprises!