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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2011-01-11T01:02:59+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=13&t=11599 2011-01-11T01:02:59+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11599&p=108574#p108574 <![CDATA[Re: Bending A major notes]]>
rookie wrote:
Believe it or not, I got in the car to set off on a long journey a week or two ago - going 'home' for the holidays - and had the A harp with me to practice bending (I should stress - long, straight, quiet roads - no danger doing it with one hand) :wink:
Anyway, I picked it up and from the very first draw, I was able to bend the 3, no problem. Was absolutely amazed... The 2 draw and 1 draw took a bit extra work though tbf, but after two or three hours, had it pretty much nailed down. That said, there is a big difference between repeating bends ad nauseum and then hitting them as part of a riff, but I'll keep on tackling this complex last tune...
Cheers for the input people, and a belated HNY...
Rookie, those bends will come accurately in time through muscle memory. Jus' keep doin' it. You'll eventually be able to control 'em like turnin' a knob on an amp. With practice you'll be able to hit any degree of bend even on fast passing notes.

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2011-01-10T23:57:59+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11599&p=108573#p108573 <![CDATA[Re: Bending A major notes]]>
Anyway, I picked it up and from the very first draw, I was able to bend the 3, no problem. Was absolutely amazed... The 2 draw and 1 draw took a bit extra work though tbf, but after two or three hours, had it pretty much nailed down. That said, there is a big difference between repeating bends ad nauseum and then hitting them as part of a riff, but I'll keep on tackling this complex last tune...
Cheers for the input people, and a belated HNY...

Statistics: Posted by rookie — Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:57 pm


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2010-12-25T17:57:16+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11599&p=108334#p108334 <![CDATA[Re: Bending A major notes]]>
The low register A harp is one of the lowest harps commonly sold. The G harp is the only one lower that's commonly sold. The F harp is usually the higher register, unless you specify the low register F, which is extremely uncommon. If you want to hear some great playing on the low register F harp, find some of Walter Tore's stuff on his Spontobeat website.

The main point here is that the lower register harps are harder to bend on the lower notes; they require better air control and longer jaw drops to manipulate the reeds. Just keep practicing it; it's nothing wrong with the harp.

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2010-12-24T12:25:45+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11599&p=108316#p108316 <![CDATA[Re: Bending A major notes]]>
As Greg & jbone suggest, a lot of this is technique.
Could also be that the 3-draw reed needs a slight adjustment. I'd recommend taking a look under the hood & checking on the gapping. There're some very helpful youtube vids if you're unfamiliar with the process. Here's one Gussow made: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkqmXP9IVyg (it starts getting relevant after about 3 minutes in)

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2010-12-23T23:52:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11599&p=108312#p108312 <![CDATA[Re: Bending A major notes]]> i think your best asset besides willingness is the determination to keep a harp in your face. playing with other musicians will give you a real perspective on what works and what doesn't, what's good and what needs attention.

i can't play at the jam tonight, just had a tooth out and i don't want to risk a dry socket- like last time- so i'm just going to listen and lend support.

there are lots of better technical players who can guide you more specifically but if you keep working you will make progress regardless!!

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2010-12-23T18:48:55+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11599&p=108310#p108310 <![CDATA[Re: Bending A major notes]]> Statistics: Posted by rookie — Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:48 pm


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2010-12-23T18:11:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11599&p=108309#p108309 <![CDATA[Re: Bending A major notes]]>
SO - not sure I'm answering your question, but if you mean bending on an A harp compared to a D harp - yes, when you're learning to bend, the lower harps are harder. As you develop your bending technique and muscles - which takes MUCH longer than you think - you won't have any trouble bending the 3 draw on a G harp down 3 half steps.

/Greg
http://www.blowsmeaway.com

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2010-12-23T12:55:57+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=11599&p=108306#p108306 <![CDATA[Bending A major notes]]>
OK, is it just me or is it MUCH harder to bend notes on an A major? I've worked my way thru Mel Bay's Basic Harmonica Method, managing OK on pretty much all lessons, including bending A natural and D maj. So today I decided to tackle the last lesson in the book which uses A maj, and pulled out a dirt cheap harp to practice the licks on. Barely managed a half-step bend on 3 draw, and full step was impossible. Thought it could be the harp's fault, so switched to my virtually unused Marine Band - which was exactly the same. 2 draw's no picnic either...
Any advice?

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