Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on August 11, 2001 at 15:48:30:
In Reply to: Question about tongue blocking posted by Matt on August 11, 2001 at 14:06:14:
: Howdy folks. New to the harmonica (just bought one on an impulse today) and site so please bear with me.
: I was going through the techniques for single notes and can get a single note pretty consistently with the "wistle" method, but am having some trouble with the draw (this is all on hole 4, BTW).
: Also, I was trying to block the other holes with my tongue and that seemed to make things quite a bit easier, but when I pulled the harp away from my mouth and kept the same face, I noticed my tongue was in a shallow U-shape. It wasn't in a complete tube like the "U-blocking" technique on this site describes, but is this still considered U-blocking (or whatever it's called)?
In my honest opinion, there is no better technique of playing harmonica than the tongue blocking method.
Whether the tip of your tongue resembles the letter U, or some strange character out of some obscure and bizarre-looking alphabet, my question is this...Are your notes clear (or progressively getting clearer)? If your answer is Yes (or YES!),
than you are doing alright. Don't worry...Just keep practising...and have fun while you're at it.
www.harmonicalessons.com is an excellent source of info. If you haven't explored this site, you owe it to yourself to do so. As for the message board, we (and that includes you) make it what it is (and this is one of my favorite sites!).
Wishing you success in your endeavors,
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