Re: About blocking other holes

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Posted by Toby on April 18, 2002 at 11:30:19:

In Reply to: About blocking other holes posted by Toby Knight on April 18, 2002 at 08:47:41:

: Hey,

: This is a really basic question, but I'm just a little confused about the idea of blocking holes to the right with my lip when playing individual notes. By lip, does it mean you angle the harmonica so that the right side of your top lip can block out the holes or do you keep the harmonica level and use the right corner of your mouth.

: I dunno if I explained that alright, but I'd really appreciate some help on this.

: Cheers.

There are two ways to play single notes on the harmonica, tonguing and puckering. Tonguing is the best way to play if you'll be playing a chromatic harp:
1. Blow into holes 4, 5, and 6, making a chord.
2. Push your tongue(not lip) forward against the holes so that only one hole is uncovered and sounds. This can be either to the left or right of your tongue(hole 4 or 6), but pick a side and stick to it.
Try to get a single, clear tone.

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