Posted by Lars on November 26, 2001 at 01:01:53:
In Reply to: Re: 2 draw bends only half step down posted by Taco on November 19, 2001 at 11:10:05:
Thanks for your tips Taco. I am working hard on it, and I have managed to bend it 25 cents (whatever that is..) below F#, according to my tuner, and then I am almost choking on my tongue.
I will keep working on it, but it annoys me as I am able to do the bends on all the other holes correctly, both half and whole tones.
I guess it is patience that does the trick..
: Tricky, ain't it?
: The first thing to look at (as always) is technique. Make sure your embochure is right and you aren't tilting or twisting the harp in some way that might redirect your air.
: When you're reaching for that note, make sure you're drawing from WAY down. Draw from your SOUL even; way down there with your diaphragm and not your mouth.
: You need a big chamber to put that note in, so get your tongue as far out of the way as you can. Depending on how I want it to sound, I almost swallow my tongue on that one.
: Really exaggerate getting your tongue back, draw it down from way deep, and you'll hit it!
: Another idea: can you kiss it down? If you can, pay attention to your mouth / head when the note comes out and try to imitate it when you start the note.
: Good Luck!..........Taco.
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