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When I turned eighteen and moved out of the house, for my birthday I was to hear the ‘wonderful’ words, “Here! You wanted to learn to make music? Here’s a mouth harp!” And as such I got my first Hohner ‘Marine Band’ and a lesson book. (The book is actually by David Barrett, a man that enjoys teaching so much that it’s even fun to watch lessons you can’t practice yet, due to the sheer enjoyment he gets out of teaching.)


I originally really just wanted to play the piano, with as a far second the guitar. I had asked whether I could repeatedly ever since I could speak and knew of instruments. As you may imagine, as wonderful as the instrument is, I blew it to smithereens quite literally. I was angry. Angry people drum, so I learned to drum.


Now, I really like to play all kinds of instruments. Even though the Dutch educational system doesn’t allow you to pick your own education when your parents don’t support it, I stick to doing creative stuff anyway. I’m analytical, like to figure things out for myself also. I hope my analyses will help you as well.


I now also have proper recording gear. It works. I tried some shit I’m not really into out of curiosity, but now I’m running into problems due to bad acoustics and my towel doesn’t catch the high echoing-overtones my apartment produces, so now I need a reflection filter. Okay, and I should worry less about volume… And what about those registers? And what about focusing on feel on top of word-placement and pitch. It’s a little bit like I have a big bit of work to do, which is cool, since I’m getting rid of my brain damage so I can concentrate more and I like to work.


On top of the definable shit, I’m also studying what’s a little less definable. I’ve had David Lucas Burge’s course on Perfect Pitch lying around for ages, but I didn’t have a piano and learning the fretboard of my guitar by heart was a bit too much. Also, who says it’s really in tune? A digital piano is a bit more reliable, so, you know, here’s the result of my first exercise: my personal color perception.

If you want to study perfect pitch and color perception, you should figure this out for yourself with your own meaning to the colors. If you think that the above is it, you’re an analytical prick like me. It’s not wrong nor right, it’s personal. The meaning I attribute to yellow for instance is “clear sounding” and red and green are opposing colors causing what sounds like internal dissonance. What would your interpretation be? It’s about your ears needing to open up, mine too, which takes time. You know what? I hear trumpet players are better at it : I’m going to study the trumpet! How’s that for a long shortcut?

Articles:

  • Emile M. Hobo, “Scales, Chords, and Patterns on the Guitar” – September 8th, 2019. [Article]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “Finding Scales on the Fly on the Chromatic Harmonica” – September 3rd, 2019. [Article]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “The Massage – A Quick Note On Piano Technique” – June 30th, 2019. [Article]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “Scales for the Diatonic Harmonica in all Positions” – May 28th, 2019. [A4]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “Scales for the Chromatic Harmonica in all Keys” – May 26th, 2019. [A4]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “Positions on the Diatonic Mouth Harp” – May 23rd, 2019. [Article]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “Knowing Your Mouth Harp Exercises” – July 15th, 2019. [Article]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “Scales and Chords … in all keys” – April 26th, 2019. [A4]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “Harmonica Reference Charts : Chromatic and diatonic harmonicas” – April 25th, 2019; updated May 1st, 2019. [A4]
  • Emile M. Hobo, “Analyzing the Chromatic Harmonica Pitch Set” – April 23rd, 2019. [Article]
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