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Posted by David on May 05, 2001 at 17:23:14:

One thing I haven't come across in this site is mention of the importance of breaking in a new harp. This can be a vital contribution to the longevity of your harp. I start by sounding 3 or 4 holes at a time w/ just enough breath to vibrate the reeds, up and down the harp. If one reed isn't sounding don't try to force it, it will probably loosen up after a few passes. After a couple of hours of this I start doing gentle bends still using just enough breath to get the bend. Since I've been doing this my harps have been lasting longer,or so it seems. Can anyone offer any other break in techniques or comments?

My daughter knows how to play the harmonica.

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