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Octaves

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Gnarly He Man:
It’s not easy to play octaves on every musical instrument. Chromatic harmonica achieves this fairly easily, with the right embouchure.
Of course, it’s a great way to check the tuning of a harmonica, if the octaves aren't right, one or the other of the reeds is out of tune.
How many people here use octaves in their playing?

SlideMeister:
(Great suggestion, Gnarley!)

                                             "OCTAVES"
Do you like them?
Do you play them?
Or do you like hearing others play them?
Advantages?
Disadvantages?
Do regular folks really want to hear them?
Lot to talk about here :)

SlideMeister:

Do you like them?

Yeah, sorta, sometimes

Do you play them?

Not much. Too painful. My canines bite the inside of my upper lip

Or do you like hearing others play them?

Yeah, but they can be overdone

Advantages?

"thickening" up and adding another aspect to your performance, and used for a quick check of your tuning

Disadvantages?

Only sound good when your axe in in perfect tune

Do regular folks really want to hear them?

Don't know, but Chromatic and suck-harp players can't seem to be able to do without them

Age:
I noticed that some Chromatics are better for "octaving." Thinner Chromatics for example: Hering 12 holers and the CBH were (for me) the easiest and least painful Chromes to use for the trick.
CX-12's OTOH were impossible (for me) In this area, I can see where the "JAZZ" would probably be better. (again - just me)
I'd rather just push a button on the floor ;) for as often as I ever use the technique :)

Grizzly:
I like to play octaves, love to hear others. If in tune.

Tom

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