Posted by Patrick J. McKenna on September 21, 2001 at 06:46:53:
In Reply to: Re: single note nightmare posted by Shaggy on September 19, 2001 at 20:34:40:
: : Hello, I just received my first harmonica a few days ago
: : and am following the lessons on this wonderful site and a book that
: : I purchased. I can't believe you can get the corners of your
: : lips close enough to close off the adjacent holes to get a clear
: : note. I know that many say if you practice enough, it will eventually
: : come. I just can't believe it!!! The holes are too small!! Thanks
: : for letting me vent. I'm 31 years old and not used to trying to learn
: : a new skill this difficult. I guess that's why I decided to play the
: : harmonica in the first place. At this pace, I should be bending by 50....
: I'm 33, and just started learning harmonica a few months ago. This (very groovy) site provided my first instruction. Believe me, the technique will come. The hardest part is not closing your mouth small enough to fit over the hole, but actually getting it exactly over the hole. But even that gets easier with time. (I still miss sometimes; but I'm getting better.)
: The main thing, and I'm sure you'll hear this again and again, is practice. As they say, it makes perfect... eventually.
I think that you are using the "pucker method" of playing. There's no doubt that there are plenty of players who swear by this technique. However, I'm not among them.
In my years of experience (I'm STILL learning and hope to continue learning), I'm convinced that "tongue blocking" is the most effective way to get the most music out of the harmonica.
You'll probably start surprising yourself as you progress. As you continue learning new techniques, be sure to share them on this site.
Harp on and have fun.
Wishing you success in your endeavors,
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