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In a blog essay posted on the Web site of The American Scholar before Mr. Mitchell's death, Mr. Zinsser said Mr. Mitchell's approach to broken-down pianos (which musicians sometimes encounter on tour) illustrated his approach to life. "I learned long ago that it does no good to complain," Mr. Zinsser recalled Mr. Mitchell telling him. Instead, listen to the keys and put their flatness or sharpness to use. "You say, 'What does it do?' " said Mr. Mitchell, sounding an imaginary clinker on a piano. " 'Will it do anything? Let's check it out' - NY Times obit, reference to

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Offline Bunker Hill

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Harmonica Frank
« on: October 21, 2006, 01:06:05 AM »
If this isn't the forum to place this hopefully it will be moved, but I thought folk might like to see Stefan's latest addition to his web site:

Offline Gumbo

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Re: Harmonica Frank
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2013, 10:08:21 AM »
This deserves to be in here, too. Thanks to JRO for posting it in the Youtube thread.
That has to be the maddest harmonica technique I've ever seen.  :o

I always thought he had some secret tuning going on but it looks like standard.

Offline Mike Billo

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Re: Harmonica Frank
« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2013, 07:10:10 AM »

  I first discovered Harmonica Frank when I bought the Puritan LP, in the early '70's.

I became obsessed.

For my money, Rockabilly officially starts with him. What a wildman!

To this day, I've tried to play Harp, Harmonica Frank style, with it stuck in my mouth like  a cigar and have no idea how it's done. I've seen others do it.
  I'm a practitioner of "tongue blocking" and yet, after all these years, it remains an elusive magic trick


Offline oddenda

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Re: Harmonica Frank
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2013, 06:48:52 PM »
That is the same technique used by the great Henry Johnson of SC. Rice Miller (SBW II) did it on occasion, too.



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