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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2006-03-06T16:44:23+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=13&t=1191 2006-03-06T16:44:23+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1191&p=12639#p12639 <![CDATA[RE: Can Harps Get Too Responsive?]]>
ps: I play about 90% of my songs on a harp rack. It is like learning another instrument.

Statistics: Posted by watertore — Mon Mar 06, 2006 4:44 pm


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2006-03-06T15:44:51+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1191&p=12638#p12638 <![CDATA[RE: Can Harps Get Too Responsive?]]> The low note draws bend so easily that any chording is very hard to keep in tune.

First of all, I believe that "pitch" is the term you are looking for. A harp is either in tune or it is not, and the reeds can be bent out of tune, usually by drawing too hard.

I think your playing has probably progressed to the point where you have more power than you realize. The one and two hole draws especially, can be temperamental and are prone to overdrawing and the note is easily bent below the intended pitch. They are the longest reeds in the harp and have the most surface to catch the most air.

New harps will "break in" and become easier to play, but a harp cannot be TOO responsive in my opinion. At this point you need to play with more control and less force. Draw with a steady slow breath...overdrawing will cause the note to bend and the pitch to drop.

Bosco

Statistics: Posted by bosco — Mon Mar 06, 2006 3:44 pm


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2006-03-06T14:55:08+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1191&p=12637#p12637 <![CDATA[RE: Can Harps Get Too Responsive?]]>
Later,it's time to make some music
dblues
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Statistics: Posted by dblues — Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:55 pm


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2006-03-06T14:45:27+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1191&p=12636#p12636 <![CDATA[Can Harps Get Too Responsive?]]>
I have a Delta Frost in G that I have trouble playing in tune when on the neck rack. The low note draws bend so easily that any chording is very hard to keep in tune. Contrast this to out of the rack and held, it draws easy but can be kept in tune with reasonable breath control. I've had harps blow out on me and go totally out of tune, but harps getting too responsive? Do the reeds break in so much that the harp can become too responsive? Should I try a new draw plate or should I assume that this is just a Delta Frost characteristic. FWIW I love these harps. I really can't imagine that I blow too hard. I don't try to play over anything more than my own acoustic guitar.

Statistics: Posted by orb mellon — Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:45 pm


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