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Sunday, January 31, 2010


The Harmonica, also called harp, blues harp, french harp, and mouth organ. It is played by blowing air into it or drawing air out by placing lips over individual holes (reed chambers) or multiple holes. The pressure caused by blowing or drawing air into the reed chambers causes a reed or multiple reeds to vibrate up and down creating sound. Each chamber has multiple, variable-tuned brass or bronze reeds which are secured at one end and loose on the other end, with the loose end vibrating and creating sound.

VJC Harmonica Band concert 2008 - Resonance X When You Believe (from "Prince of Egypt") Year Twos

This is one of the most cheapest musical instrument that most youngsters can afford when we were kids and some could have owned a few harmonicas. I think the brand is 'Butterfly' and it was made in China. Thanks to our old folks and neighbors for their 'expertise', said blowing and sucking the harmonica is unhygienic. Our next economical musical instrument is the bamboo flute which also shared the same death blow. Blowing the flute at night will attract unseen beings. Oh really?

Heng Ee Harmonica Band won ensemble champion with the song of Orpheus In The Underworld by Offenbach. Conductor: Cheetion

The basic parts of the harmonica are the comb, reed-plates and cover-plates. The comb is the term for the main body of the instrument which contains the air chambers that cover the reeds. The term comb originates from the similarities between simple harmonicas and a hair comb. Harmonica combs were traditionally made from wood, but now are usually made from plastic (ABS) or metal (including titanium for very high-end instruments). Some modern and experimental comb designs are complex in the way that they direct the air. [wikipedia]

This is a beginner HARMONICA LESSON for your "C" harmonica that offers you an exercise for practicing you single note technique. I hope this video helps you with your accuracy with single notes.

The Harmonitones (Bob Ferguson lead harmonica, Doug Fisher chord harmonica and Erine Beitler bass harmonica) play Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy in the early 1970's.

Let it be - A great song of The Beatles, was played by Igor Flach. This may be one of the best covered versions for playing harmonica. Let's enjoy his impromptu.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Bagpipes are a class of musical instrument consists of a bag as a constant reservoir for air, a chanter with a number of finger-holes, and usually a three drone pipes to be rested on the piper's left shoulder. The supply of air into the bag is by blowing into a blowpipe or blowstick. The modern blowpipes are fitted with a non-return valve thus saving the piper from using his tongue to cover the tip of the blowpipe while inhaling. I'm amazed that bagpipes do rock which I was not aware of until lately. Whoa they are awesome. Hey thanks to Mei Teng who brought up this point which I shared the same "I think of Scotland whenever I see bagpipes! Oh and not forgetting the kilts! [mei teng]"

Neil Hubbard has taught the Scottish Highland bagpipes to individuals and groups since the early 1990's. Hubbard also teaches individual bagpipe lessons at his home in Kirkland, Washington.

The Maui Celtic Bagpipes and Drums band presents: World Champion Bagpiper, Jack Lee, performing at the Makawao Union Church, march 18th 2006.

The bag is an airtight reservoir which can hold air and regulate its flow while the player breathes or pumps with a bellows, enabling the player to maintain continuous sound for some time. Materials used for bags vary widely, but the most common are the skins of local animals such as goats, dogs, sheep, and cows. More recently, bags made of synthetic materials including Gore-Tex have become common.

Bagpipes, Drums, percussion & heavy guitar riffs: The PowerPipes rock the house!!! March 23rd `08, Spielraum Gaspoltshofen.

Comedian Johnny 'Bagpipes' Johnston, covers the THX logo, Star Wars theme, ACDC and more. Funny Stuff!

Dozens of types of bagpipes today are widely spread across Europe and the Middle East, as well as through much of the former British Empire. The name bagpipe has almost become synonymous with its best-known form, the Great Highland Bagpipe, overshadowing the great number and variety of traditional forms of bagpipe. For further information on other types of bagpipes and its history check it out with Wikipedia.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers on BBC TV's "When will I be famous?" with a rendition by Queen ~ 'We Will Rock You'. 

Tune from Chris Armstrong "Dreams of a Child".