Alfredo Torres – Amazing Grace
Well done Alfredo from New York with this awesome duo piano and harmonica. Check out his version of "Amazing Grace"! Give him some support in a comment below:)
What harmonica mode(s) do you play?
I enjoy collecting harmonicas almost as much as playing them. I have multiple types of Tremolo, Diatonic, Chromatic, Chord harmonicas, Bass harmonicas, Baby Fats, and even polyphonic harmonicas. My current favorite is the M. Suzuki S-48B, the so-called Bass Chromatic. Its mellow deep tones are amazing.
When did you start learning harmonica?
My father started me off on a tremolo harmonica when I was in elementary school. I played a lot at church and early on at school. However, due to the rigors of College, Medical School, and a busy medical career, I played very little for 4 or so decades. When I started playing again, it was mostly on diatonics. It was only after joining Yvonnick’s school that I began to learn the chromatic. I am still very much a beginner on the chromatic.
What are your top songs to play?
Somewhere over the Rainbow. My mother requested this one the most, and always cried when I played it for her. Ave Maria. (I am currently learning to play Prelude in C Major on the piano). Silent Night, my favorite Christmas Carol.
What are some of your musical goals?
Learning to play harmonica from sheet music. With the Tremolo and Diatonic harps, I played by ear. My wife plays piano and flute; in order to play duets with her I need to master sheet music.
Until my recent retirement I was the medical director at two nursing homes. I hope to return to them (once the pandemic issue is resolved) and entertain the residents with Christmas music. My wife will accompany me.
How long have you been a Harmonica Studio member?
I joined as soon as I learned about it, in December of 2017. Then I became a life-member 2-3 months later., an excellent deal!
What do you like about it? How has it helped you?
It would not be possible to find a live harmonica teacher at this time. Yvonnick’s school fills this need very nicely. As a total beginner at the Chromatic I have all the tools I need, including theory, learning to read sheet music, loads of easy music to play, and hearing Yvonnick himself play the tunes.
What’s your favorite courses/lessons on Harmonica Studio?
The lesson “Directional Combinations in C” is phenomenal; there is so much information on just one printable PDF. I hope Yvonnick can provide similar sheets for at least a few other keys. I also greatly enjoyed the course “Easy Folk and Traditional Songs”
Working on a song with your wife is a great opportunity to evolve. Keep it up!
Delightful. I enjoyed you and your wife playing together. Lovely. I’m certain residences of your homes will enjoy you playing at some point soon.
Thx you. Very nice!