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Great low-cost gift for would-be crossharp players!

"Shortnin' Bread" is one in my series of "how-to-play-crossharp" song lessons. Crossharp is that style of play in which the harp's 2 "draw" and 3 "blow" holes become the tonal center, instead of the 1, 4, 7 "blows." Crossharp is what you're used to hearing in blues or C&W (as opposed to cowboy or Dylan songs). It's notorious for its "bent," bluesy sound.

This item includes:
• .mp4 file of "Shortnin' Bread" played the "crossharp" way. Notes of song are illustrated "bouncing-ball, sing-along" style as the tune plays (see pic 2-5). Arrow over harmonica hole indicates whether to blow or draw on that particular hole. Video will be immediately downloadable, via Etsy, upon purchase.

Want this video on a FlashHarp®? Go here: www.etsy.com/listing/61524612

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ILLINOIS RESIDENTS: Sales tax will be added onto your invoice.

Frequently asked questions about BackyardBrand

• A patented 8GB flash drive (U.S. Pat. Nos. D602,940 & D624,550)
• Includes 5-step lesson & 9 videos www.etsy.com/listing/61524612
• A great-sounding, playable little harmonica
• A personalizable accessory
• A 26" - 29" necklace (necklace items only)
• A geeky, musical marriage of convenience and soul
• A unique gift and fun conversation piece
• A hi-tech hunk of real harmonicana
• A collectible

Specs:
- Full compatibility with USB 1.1 and 2.0
- Dual Channel Flash Memory Architecture
- Hot plug and play; functions like another hard drive
- Supports password protection
- No driver needed (Windows 98SE driver available)
Dimensions (in inches):
With USB cap on, out of plastic box: 3³⁄₁₆ x 7/8 x ¹¹⁄₁₆
• Integrates a harmonica and a flash drive in one
• Stores data such as pics, tunes, videos, just like ordinary flash drives
• Makes great-sounding music
• Makes a fun gift
• Looks fabulous (stainless steel, brass and black)
• Imparts the feeling of a musician carrying an ax to a gig
• Deflects any shaming of your playing ("Hey, it's just a flash drive—chill!"). And even if you stop playing for a while (it happens) should the urge to start playing again strike—which is a lot more likely with a FlashHarp since the USB gives you a reason to keep carrying it—well, I say go for it!
• End up in the back of a drawer like plain, old harmonicas
• Leave you with the vacuous vibe of ordinary flash drives
• Start playing when you plug it in (that's a techy taboo)
• Record audio (there's no mic built-into the FlashHarp)
• Require you to bend or play single notes (but you can if you want to!)

The important thing is setting free the musical spirit inside you. The harmonica has always been a great tool for that. It was good enough for Abe Lincoln—http://bit.ly/109ch1g—so it's good enough for me!
Yes!

The memory and musical workings are imported and supplied to me brand-new by market leaders. Additional custom-designed and -tooled parts are made just for me here in the state of Illinois, U.S.A. I carefully combine everything by hand so it all coexists peacefully. My video lesson and playalong songs, which demystify the obstacles that often trip folks up, are my finishing touch on a digital device with a hobo soul.
I build it in the National Historic Landmark village of Riverside, Illinois, http://vimeo.com/75615729 which was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, same designer of New York City's Central Park. The country in which Illinois is situated, U.S.A., sprang from the imaginations of its forefolk, whose attempts to make "a more perfect union" proved a work still in progress in 1862 when the first harmonicas started arriving from Germany. This was the precise date Abraham Lincoln—our first poet president, our first patent-holding president, and, Illinois' favorite son—penned the Emancipation Proclamation: http://1.usa.gov/xEcZ7F Lincoln defines Illinois' sense of place and some say the harmonica was one of his favorite things. http://bit.ly/109ch1g
People are less critical of FlashHarpers' playing ability because the novelty aspect of the instrument distracts the watchdog critic's mind (the undoing of most beginners). This diversion is supported by the wildly positive reactions FlashHarp elicits, such as "Wow!" "Freaking cool!" "Fantastic!" "Genius!" "Love it!"

Also, quitting the instrument for a while—it happens—never feels like failing on FlashHarp since it stays useful; many even regard its players as possessing a kind of stick-to-it-iveness that borders on sheer, cockeyed enthusiasm.

FlashHarp is the only playable harmonica that's also a USB flash drive. It's a great sounding little harmonica to boot, as the video of me playing "Summertime" on my "About" page demonstrates.
INDIE ARTISTS ALLIANCE: "one of the coolest inventions that we have ever seen combining music and technology." indieartistsalliance.com/2011/04/flashharp/

GIZMODO: "4GBs of musical goodness." gizmodo.com/5397374/instructions-on-playing-the-flashharp-harmonica-usb-drive-come-included

DudeIWantThat: "You might find other USB storage sticks as portable and artful, but this is the only one with the added entrepreneurial potential to score you some beer money." dudeiwantthat.com/gear/music/4gb-flash-drive-harmonica.asp

HGTV: "FlashHarp has the mini mojo to be your main flash drive." marketplace.hgtv.com/Product.aspx?Lid=4145-10110940

Or Google FlashHarp, Harmonica USB or Backyard Harmonica Teacher.
Buy an old-fashioned harmonica and you'll soon feel bound to the tastes of a bunch of honchos in biker garb and mirror sunglasses. By providing utility, FlashHarp slips the harmonica out of the clutches of these elitists and puts its freewheelin' feelin' back where it was when the harmonica was the instrument of choice for cowboys and hands of all kinds—including the likes of you. Which is where it belongs, imho.

Now you're free to plug-into the same spirit the early pioneers enjoyed, before the harmonica got put up on its all-too-serious pedestal. So you can explore playing more safely—in a sort of hi-tech hobo "campground" where no one judges you.

Check out the big backyard of BackyardBrand here: http://bit.ly/vPqaY2
More about sucking than blowing, crossharp (blues) really crosses up beginners because it makes the 2 "draw" (and 3, 6 and 9 "blows") the tonal center. www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand?section_id=13493203

Straight harp keeps the tonal center the 1, 4, 7, 10 "blows." It's how Billy Joel is blowing on "Piano Man." Acquiring do-ra-mi familiarity in the straight key is a necessary first step for any harmonica player. www.etsy.com/shop/BackyardBrand?section_id=13498720

If you know how to play single notes, you know it's like riding a bike—and your skill will easily transfer to a FlashHarp. If you've yet to master single notes and want to, I offer this: www.etsy.com/listing/55473256
1) DO NOT SEPARATE THE BOX HALVES. Returns are not accepted for FlashHarps whose box label-seal is not intact—so-called "Intimate items" that may have made contact with someone's lips. (See Policies.)

2) STATE TO ME IN A CONVO THAT THE BOX LABEL-SEAL IS INTACT AND ITEM IS UNUSED. I'll provide a Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) number.

3) WRITE RMA# CLEARLY ON OUTSIDE OF RETURN SHIPPING BOX. Refunds do not include the cost of shipping and are issued after received goods are confirmed unused. Cost to return to Buyer any goods I find unrefundable will be paid by the Buyer, in advance.

Shortnin' Bread Crossharp Video

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