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Big Road Blues Discussion Forums 2007-06-12T13:14:57+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/feed.php?f=13&t=6089 2007-06-12T13:14:57+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=59241#p59241 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]> Statistics: Posted by jay — Tue Jun 12, 2007 1:14 pm


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2007-06-12T12:57:47+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=59238#p59238 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]>
I have read more than once that tilting the harp is bad for your harps for just that reason. Unaturally angling a harp increases the reed surface that catches air maximizing your opportunity to bend a reed. I ruined a couple of harps that way when I was starting out.

The proper technique is a straight airflow across the reed and the bend is made by dropping your jaw and increasing the size of your mouth and throat cavity.

Keep at it, Stef!

Bosco

Statistics: Posted by bosco — Tue Jun 12, 2007 12:57 pm


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2007-06-12T06:51:57+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=59226#p59226 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]>
Start with the 4 draw. Whilst drawing in on the 4 hole SLOWLY tilt the back of the harp up towards your nose. At some point you will hear the note drop down by a semitone. If the sound chokes off altogether, or the harp pops out of your mouth you have gone too far.

I know that its not the correct way to bend, but it really helps you to visualise the change that you need to make to the angle of the airflow that causes the bend. Once you have done this a few times you'll be able to hit the 4 draw bend without tilting the harp, then you can move on to the others.

Statistics: Posted by jay — Tue Jun 12, 2007 6:51 am


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2007-06-11T08:19:00+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=59159#p59159 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]> Statistics: Posted by Stefanie1 — Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:19 am


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2007-06-08T17:50:14+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=58996#p58996 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]> many beginners with their bends and the accuracy of the bends often comes from using far too much breath force and to go along with that, learning how to properly manipulate the shape of the inside of your mouth, regardless of whether one puckers, TB's, or any other method one uses for getting single notes. Try using much less breath force and I will almost guarantee that the bends will become easier to play, and the other added benefit will be that the harps become more responsive and you won't blow them out so quiickly.

Statistics: Posted by barbequebob — Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:50 pm


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2007-06-08T15:57:04+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=58989#p58989 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]> Statistics: Posted by jeffl — Fri Jun 08, 2007 3:57 pm


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2007-06-08T14:28:29+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=58981#p58981 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]>
Work on your bending techniques and get those notes. The 2 draw can be bent down to two semitones and the 3 draw can be bent down to 3. Bending technique can be hard to describe, but for me it's all in the tongue and throat. Your teacher should be able to expain it better and if you do some searches on the web you can find some good free lessons.

Statistics: Posted by dcblues — Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:28 pm


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2007-06-08T14:22:53+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=58980#p58980 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]>
The diatonic harp is a weird instrument in that you cannot play a major scale from one end to the other.... even with bending. If you want to play DO RE MI on the C harp then you will find those notes between holes 4 and 7 (C to C).

There is a blues scale for the diatonic harp but it won't be DO RE MI.

Statistics: Posted by songdog — Fri Jun 08, 2007 2:22 pm


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2007-06-08T05:42:09+00:00 http://www.bigroadblues.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6089&p=58971#p58971 <![CDATA[Can't get the notes (with bendings)]]> Statistics: Posted by Stefanie1 — Fri Jun 08, 2007 5:42 am


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