Posted by Jezzmund on February 07, 2002 at 18:17:36:
In Reply to: Re: Key of G posted by Bill Phelb on February 07, 2002 at 16:09:32:
: The explanation on this site makes perfect sense, it's logical and follows the rules of physics. I'm been playing a long time, and until I was fortunate enough to take some lessons with a couple of good teachers, many of the the things I thought I was doing correctly, I wasn't. Sometimes, someone that knows what they're doing has to get in your face and show you what's up (unfortunately, not easy over the web). Pulling the air up to the roof of your only makes sense if you have the back of the harmonica tilted down. "Gently" is always good though.
I have no doubt that what you say is absolutely correct. What works for one may not work for another. Most techniques have many different explainations, all of which have some value. I had the "Draw 2 Blues" (hey, I got dibs on that title!!!!) for so friggin' long because I tried to keep the flow parallel. I was kinda pissed when I read in Gindick's book that I should be drawing up and it worked so easily for me. Anyway, I should not be so harsh to judge. Thanks for the smack in the head.
: : : Is it just me as a rookie- That I can't seem to get G on cross harp to sound good. I inhale on 1 and 3 and they sound fine I go in on 2 and it sounds like it just dosen't get G?
: : Draw 2 on a G harp is about as tough as it gets. To get it, think about pulling (gently) a stream of air up toward the roof of your mouth. The suggestion on this site that the airstream on all notes be parallel to the reed is erroneous, IMHO. FWIW it took me a couple of months to get a decent draw 2 on my G.
: : Jezzmund
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