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wallyboy
01-16-2013, 08:41 AM
anyone use harmonica with uke, i am looking for easy start off song, not got a frame yet if i get on ok i will get one,
thanks,

philrab66
01-16-2013, 09:44 AM
anyone use harmonica with uke, i am looking for easy start off song, not got a frame yet if i get on ok i will get one,
thanks,

http://www.ezfolk.com/harp/tabs/amazgrac/amazgrac.html
This one has harmonica in verse 2. http://www.ezfolk.com/uke/tabs1/amaz-ma/amaz-ma.html#.UPcQzx1LPmo

wallyboy
01-16-2013, 10:11 AM
http://www.ezfolk.com/harp/tabs/amazgrac/amazgrac.html
This one has harmonica in verse 2. http://www.ezfolk.com/uke/tabs1/amaz-ma/amaz-ma.html#.UPcQzx1LPmo

thanks phil, one to try, looks easy enough

FiL
01-17-2013, 03:03 AM
Wallyboy,

You'll find a number of uke-n-harmonica performances on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cherkcom.

If you're new to the harmonica, try playing along to songs with just the harmonica to start off. When you get comfortable with that, then try playing it with your uke. To me, it's not much different than singing while playing the uke, and people do that all the time. It really comes down to how well you know your instrument. (And it that area, I'm very much still learning!)

- FiL

Rubio MHS
01-17-2013, 03:31 AM
Before I started playing the ukulele, I had a BAD case of Instrument Acquisition Syndrome with the harmonica. I still have 40 harmonicas. I've played the harmonica with the guitar and the piano, but for some reason, I never got into playing it with the uke. The ukulele got me more into singing.

Tootler
01-17-2013, 06:19 AM
I also have few you tubes with uke & harmonica, though I haven't done much recently. I echo what Fil says.

My you tube channel is in my sig file.

wallyboy
01-17-2013, 07:27 AM
Wallyboy,

You'll find a number of uke-n-harmonica performances on my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/cherkcom.

If you're new to the harmonica, try playing along to songs with just the harmonica to start off. When you get comfortable with that, then try playing it with your uke. To me, it's not much different than singing while playing the uke, and people do that all the time. It really comes down to how well you know your instrument. (And it that area, I'm very much still learning!)

- FiL
cheers fil nice job on thr YT vids, i think you gave the right mix of the harmonica, i think the harmonica go's well with the uke, got to wait until monday before i get the harmonica


Before I started playing the ukulele, I had a BAD case of Instrument Acquisition Syndrome with the harmonica. I still have 40 harmonicas. I've played the harmonica with the guitar and the piano, but for some reason, I never got into playing it with the uke. The ukulele got me more into singing.
funny enough wifey and i are off singing to-night, hopefully might improve my singing LOL

I also have few you tubes with uke & harmonica, though I haven't done much recently. I echo what Fil says.


My you tube channel is in my sig file.
cheers tootler

blue_knight_usa
01-17-2013, 09:37 PM
anyone use harmonica with uke, i am looking for easy start off song, not got a frame yet if i get on ok i will get one,
thanks,

Harmonica goes great with uke! Here is 9 Pound Hammer is all about the strum, the chords are simple.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVwBgHxHZGY

Cheers!

blue_knight_usa
01-17-2013, 09:38 PM
anyone use harmonica with uke, i am looking for easy start off song, not got a frame yet if i get on ok i will get one,
thanks,

Here is another one I did with harmonica.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeK5q1HSvjQ

Cheers

bazmaz
01-17-2013, 09:56 PM
On most of the songs we play that follow a blues turnaround pattern (i.e 99% of rock and roll!) I play cross / blues harp to accompany. I think it goes great with uke.

nighthunte29
01-17-2013, 11:28 PM
I have just started jamming out with a friend who has just got into harmonica and we are currently learning Redemption Song, he is chiming in with the lyrics, and I am playing the chords and riff, I'm no harmonica player, but I guess it's pretty simple on his behalf (?), and it definitely is on mine cause the chords and strumming is pretty simple!

Maluhia!

SailQwest
01-18-2013, 04:54 AM
My husband started playing ukulele so that we could play music together. I was a harmonica player. It worked out well for us. :D

wendellfiddler
01-18-2013, 08:14 AM
Here's one with hands-free chromatic harmonica, uke and bass harmonica- then there are some other things that happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6C1B4FIeZM

Dug

philrab66
01-18-2013, 08:56 AM
Here's one with hands-free chromatic harmonica, uke and bass harmonica- then there are some other things that happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6C1B4FIeZM

Dug

Yee ha. That is some nice holder for that harmonica.

wallyboy
01-18-2013, 12:01 PM
Here is another one I did with harmonica.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeK5q1HSvjQ

Cheers
great vid really enjoyed, does sound nice with uke


On most of the songs we play that follow a blues turnaround pattern (i.e 99% of rock and roll!) I play cross / blues harp to accompany. I think it goes great with uke.
yes it does seem to compliment the uke,


I have just started jamming out with a friend who has just got into harmonica and we are currently learning Redemption Song, he is chiming in with the lyrics, and I am playing the chords and riff, I'm no harmonica player, but I guess it's pretty simple on his behalf (?), and it definitely is on mine cause the chords and strumming is pretty simple!

Maluhia!
i hope to be able to play uke and harmonica well to-gether,
there seems so many songs out there to suit both


Here's one with hands-free chromatic harmonica, uke and bass harmonica- then there are some other things that happen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6C1B4FIeZM

Dug
looked a lot of fun, sounded good

coolkayaker1
06-09-2014, 06:23 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-_9cwdLug

These ladies absolutely tear it up on When The Levee Breaks, particularly the harmonica. That drummer is so Bonham-esque. She's going to tear some skins back there.

This sounds so awesome that it gives me goosepimples.

kohanmike
06-09-2014, 09:15 AM
Not exactly uke and harmonica. My friend and I started playing together a couple of weeks ago. He's a very accomplished guitar player and took up the harmonica recently after developing nerve damage in his shoulder. He was inspired from my harmonica playing, but I'm doing the uke side. We're working up a song list including "Folsom Prison Blues," "King of the Road," "Apache," "If I Only Had a Brain," "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning" and meeting Wednesday to fill it up more.

Ukuleleblues
06-09-2014, 12:10 PM
On most of the songs we play that follow a blues turnaround pattern (i.e 99% of rock and roll!) I play cross / blues harp to accompany. I think it goes great with uke.Yeah, I have lots of fun with that. Key of B (on a D tuned uke) using a E harp played cross harp (key of B). This was from 2011. http://youtu.be/i7JRDARgkFE

NOTLguy
06-10-2014, 01:27 AM
I have used a Marine Band Harmonica mounted on a neck holder when our Ukulele Group plays Piano Man by Billy Joel, and also Heart of Gold by Neil Young. Both these songs use a C Harmonica played in C ( not cross harp ).

Sorry I don't have any videos of performances.

Regards,
Bill

Walden
06-10-2014, 06:38 AM
It's kind of like the organ, where you have one hand on one keyboard and the other hand on another keyboard. The uke is playing the left hand part while the harmonica is playing the right hand part. It's VERY satisfying to be able to be your own accompanist.

katysax
06-10-2014, 06:41 AM
We have a guy in our uke group who is an excellent harmonica player. He'll just start to play the harmonica when it's a song he feels good about, or it seems right to him. Sometimes we'll stop singing for a few bars or a chorus and let him play while we accompany. It really adds to the group and we enjoy his playing.

Down Up Dick
10-20-2014, 02:40 PM
When I was an avid harp player, I had a bad case of HAS. I bought a bunch of harps and tools to work on them. I learned how to repair them and to change the tuning on them. I did lots of experimenting with different tunings. My only failing with them was that I'm a dedicated melody player. I'm having a similar problem with my Ukes.

I wanted to play accompaniments to my CDs, but I had lots of trouble with it and would slip into playing melody. I never did learn back up.

But now I can play melody and accompany myself on the Uke. I bought a harp holder, and I've already played a couple of tunes using it. So "All's Well That Ends Well" (good ol'Will!).

How 'bout you? Have you tried blowing some harp? For those of you who say that you can't sing, here's an answer to your problem. Give it a try. It's a good way to extend your uking.

Wail, Baby! :old:

IamNoMan
10-20-2014, 03:17 PM
I occasionally play harmonica and accordion, usually melody as well. Singing is really my bailiwick though. My voice doesn't weigh as much as a harp and I can sing in more keys than four. I have to laugh at my friends who specialize in harp. They carry around more containers to hold their harps and end up having to fiddle around for a different one every other song or so. One fellow has a box as big as an electric organ.

I find it pretty easy to back folks up on uke or banjo but have some difficulty accompanying my singing. Not a good multi- tasker I suppose.

You indicate you have some knowledge of harp repair. Do you know how to repair reeds? One or two of the folks in UU are looking to repair/replace concertina reeds.

Down Up Dick
10-20-2014, 03:45 PM
IamNoMan, most of my "repairing" was retuning the reeds, cleaning the reed plates and like that. The reeds are pressure stamped unto the plates, and I don't know if they can be replaced. You can buy new plates for harps though. That may be cheaper than buying a whole new harp. I think Hohner still makes concertinas, so maybe they
repair them.

You sure like to travel light -- no sheet music, no bulky harmonicas, surely no music stands or seats . . .

Well, keep on keepin' on! :old:

Jim Yates
10-20-2014, 07:38 PM
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I play a number of tunes on the mouth harp with guitar, but the only one I've played in public with uke and harp is Walkin' My Baby Back Home in C. That must be what I was doing in this photo.

kohanmike
10-20-2014, 08:04 PM
I learned to play harmonica over 30 years ago from Lyle Waggoner (yes, from the Carol Burnett show, he's very good), but never made it my main instrument. A few months ago my guitar buddy decided to take up the harmonica with the advent of nerve damage to his shoulder. He's one of those who will sit in room for hours by himself learning the instrument.

He then asked me to bring over a uke so we could collaborate on some songs. Haven't been able to get together that much, but the few times we have, it's been great fun. I'm one of those who has a very hard time sitting by myself practicing, but put me together with someone and I could go on for hours.

anthonyg
10-20-2014, 08:26 PM
Isn't the definition of a Gentleman, "A man who knows how to play a harmonica but doesn't"?

OK, maybe I've gone a bit too far but honestly, I BLAME Bob Dylan for being the guy who made EVERYONE think that they could and IMPORTANTLY, should play a harmonica. Now don't get me wrong. If someone can REALLY play a harmonica then fine, but more people play them than there are people who know how to play them.

Anthony

kohanmike
10-20-2014, 08:55 PM
If someone can REALLY play a harmonica then fine, but more people play them than there are people who know how to play them. Anthony

In the same vain, as much as I admire Shakira and am impressed with her intelligence and articulation of English as a recent second language, when I heard she plays many instruments, including harmonica, I looked up a video, but when she started playing, it was very obvious she was "faking it" because as long as your using the correct key harmonica, all you need to do is put it in your mouth and blow and suck, which will sound right, but is not really "playing" the harmonica.

What Lyle taught me was invaluable, how to isolate one note. I told him I tried for years to use the written instructions, but could not figure out how to hold my mouth and tongue. He said he will show me the same way an old harmonica player showed him. He took my hand and put the side of it in his mouth and played my hand like a harmonica. That was all I needed, I got it instantly. I then played "On Top of Old Smokey" just like that.

A few days later I was working on another stage and mentioned to a young actor that Lyle taught me to play single notes on the harmonica. He pulled out a harmonica and played the blues. Wow, how do you do that? He explained about using the back of the tongue to control the sound as you suck in. It took me about 15 minutes to get it.

I have to say, this conversation is prompting me to start working on the harmonica more regularly now.

Jim Yates
10-21-2014, 05:01 PM
A good friend and mentor to both of my sons was the late Willie P. Bennett. Willie was the best rack harp player I ever heard. This is the last song I ever heard him play.
I have a few of Willie's old mouth harps and I hope they still have some of his mojo on 'em.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_F60DwKOZkU

Jim Yates
10-21-2014, 05:13 PM
In the early '60s, my brother and I shared a guitar, a 1958 J-50, still owned by my brother, but since we had a desire to play together, but didn't have the cash for another guitar, we took up the mouth harp. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee were our roll models and, once we learned cross harp and note bending, we had a lot of fun playing the blues.

In 1968/1969, I took a year to do some travelling overseas and since I was hitch-hiking, I decided not to take a guitar. I borrowed guitars in youth hostels and went into music stores to try out guitars as often as possible, but most of my musical time was spent playing the mouth harp and this was the time I made the most progress, standing at the side of the road waiting for a car to come by.