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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. As a first test run, I put this together: “Funk ass mother fucker” by me. Click for mp3 and lyrics. The end introduces some artistic license, since the bad guy gets caught and is a little less organized than he presumed.


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. 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?

Articles:

  • 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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