Re: Overblows

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Posted by jazzharp on November 13, 2001 at 13:13:27:

In Reply to: Re: Overblows posted by Bluzharper on November 10, 2001 at 18:30:19:

: You should be able to overblow any diatonic, remember your not blowing harder, your changing the flow pattern and compressing the flow. Try this. Take a C harp now blow say no.8 hole and move your tounge slightly up towards the roof of your mouth and then forward till you get the change to a higher pitch. Do this fast then slow till you get control of the pitch change. Let us know how you make out...Keep the Blues Alive...Bluz

I have my students say the word cue. The correct positioning for the overblow, is the same state your tongue is in at the "c" consonant of that word. It's a very tight squeeze, and can be awfully painfull to the ears, until you've mastered it. You can overblow 1,4,5,6, and overdraw 7,8,and 9. Howard Levy swears by Golden Melody's for overblowing and overdrawing, and I tend to agree, though I've found Huang harmonica's, remain in tune longer.

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