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VTTrish

Possible heartbreak...
« on: July 30, 2019, 02:49:12 pm »
I might have an issue that may or may not be workable. I have arthritis pretty bad in my hands. My fingers aren't all gnarly and twisted and I don't have problems with most instruments. When I bend my fingers they do twist a bit. It wasn't a problem with the MO's once I got used to them. My Coda came yesturday. It's wider and a bit thicker than the MO. I can't completely cover the holes on the left. One of my fingers doesn't even cover one at all unless I put it there with my other hand. I've been doing fingering, not blowing so I didn't notice till just now. If my 4 fingers are flat on the holes my thumb isnt. It causes pain for all 5 to be in their proper position. Hopefully I can adjust somehow but I'm afraid I'll never be able to cover 2 of those 5 holes

Windjammer

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2019, 10:18:48 pm »
I think and hope that you will be able to adjust with time.  :(
Just for your info as you are learning. The outside set of holes are for the low chamber and the inside set of holes is for the higher chamber. :) I do a lot of finger excises and stretching also. I’m better than I was but I still keep wanting to grip too hard and intern cause my left hand to start hurting. >:( :(

MikeOR

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2019, 05:27:05 am »
More new info. I had no idea of the connection between the chambers and the hole pairs 😎

Windjammer

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2019, 09:17:50 am »
This info I figured out by studying the instrument it’s self after I got it.  8)  I don’t think it is written down anywhere. At least officially. ;)

Windjammer

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2019, 09:41:32 am »
Hey VTTrish. How is your playing coming along? Is it getting any better for you? ???

VTTrish

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2019, 03:29:38 pm »
Hi! Thanks for asking! I'm only having issues with getting clear accurate notes involving my middle and ring fingers, right hand. They have a twist and bend that make it difficult to cover the holes properly. It has improved a bit. Years ago when I started playing MOs I had similar issues but the way my fingers "fit" the CODA is different. It will take time. Karl even called to offer some tips :) Awesome to get help from The Man himself

Windjammer

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #6 on: September 08, 2019, 02:39:29 am »
That’s Karl for you.  :)  Karl is awesome. I am glad to here it is getting a little better.
I hope and pray it continues to improve and you get better every day. :)

VTTrish

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2019, 06:26:10 pm »
Ugh, daily practice and finger excersizes...my middle finger just doesn't want to cooperate. Still trying. Thank goodness for the silencers.

Harp Player

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2019, 09:55:35 pm »
I am sorry you are still struggling with your hands.  You might want to consider a different type of instrument.  The harmonica don't require a lot of finger dexterity. The down side to them is reed plates don't last a life time like Ocarinas do

Windjammer

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2019, 02:36:35 am »
I think note bending makes harmonica reeds go bad a lot quicker. When I learned to bend notes I started going through reed plates a lot faster. But it sure makes the instrument more versatile and gives it that unique sound. :)

Harp Player

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2019, 11:49:48 am »
If bending is done incorrectly it can certainly shorten the life of the reeds.  If done correctly it don't seem to affect them as much. 

Windjammer

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2019, 03:05:58 pm »
 Very true. But a lot of people including music store people have a little bit of a misconception on what note bending is. One guy told my brother in-law to hold it up to his mouth and suck really hard. :(  I think doing that with a brand new harmonica with no break in period is a recipe for disaster.  ???  That said ,I have been very fortunate with most of my harmonicas. I still have my original C-Special 20 with the original reed plates after close to 30 years give or take a year or two.  :)

Harp Player

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2019, 11:56:20 pm »
I have mostly Lee Oskar Harmonicas, with a few Special 20's that are Tenor range. I have a couple of other Harmonicas that I play some, but are no longer available.  I mostly play straight harp and tend to wear out the blow 7.  As for the life span I have to replace the reed plates on average about every 5 years or so, but I tend to wear out the G plates faster than the others.

Windjammer

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2019, 11:50:41 pm »
I have 4 Lee Oskar Harmonicas, including a 30th Anniversary Special Edition C, that I love.
I play straight harp probably 75% of the time. Have you ever tried to play a harmonica and a EDC Coda together like on a recording or with someone else playing one of them? I wonder if they could sound good together?  ???

Harp Player

Re: Possible heartbreak...
« Reply #14 on: March 14, 2020, 02:20:06 pm »
Somehow I missed your last reply to me on this thread.  Sorry about that.  To answer your question.  I don't have what I consider to be proper recording equipment so I haven't tried that.