This site is somewhat refreshing. Generally whenever one is seeking info on the net re harmonicas it is almost an assumption that it has to be about blues. In my case whilst there is a limited (extremely limited) amount of blues that I happen to like. I have a definate preference to play melodies. I have no desire to play in a group hence playing riffs makes no sense nor do I want to jam with tracks. The nearest thing to blues that interests me is in playing certain melodies with a bluesy feel eg like Summertime, St James Infirmary & Wayfaring Stranger.
For my liking the Little Walters , Sonny Boy & Charlie Musselwhite do nothing for me. Sure they have some technical mastery but the stuff they play I find dead boring and usually quite depressing! Give me players like Charlie McCoy, Brendan Power or Buddy Greene.
OK so I’ve probably lit a few fuses. Sorry no offence meant. I know blues has its devotees some of whom are fanatics. Good on them. But I think the harmonica has so much more to offer than just playing blues riffs!
Come on tell me what you think?