Re: bending


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Posted by Jermey Steinberg on January 15, 2003 at 07:28:54:

In Reply to: bending posted by kman on January 05, 2003 at 17:42:40:

: how do you bend blow notes?

Hello James -

The simple answer is, you bend notes by changing the pitch at which a reed is vibrating. That depends on whether it's a draw reed, or blow reed. Different techniques. The techniques include pursed lips, and tongue-blocking. Best suggestion I can make is be sure that you can play every draw and blow note CLEANLY for several seconds, before you worry about bends. The upper register reeds are shorter, and harder to control because of that. The lower register reeds are much longer, and sometimes 'choke' (get caught in the channel, or slot, they're vibrating in, which is fed by the hole in the front of the comb, or body of the harp). Work on this simple, but not necessarily easy exercise, and you'll develop a FEEL for each reed. That feel is what you build on to develop bends. Bends on harmonicas are heavily based on feel. Feel is gained over time, by experience. Good luck!

Regards, Jeremy c/o JSteinberg@ucwphilly.rr.com




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