Posted by Shaggy on October 16, 2002 at 19:18:48:
In Reply to: I got a harmonica for my 18th birthday! Important question not found ont he site. posted by Stuart Myers on October 15, 2002 at 14:02:10:
: My 18th birthday fell last saturday and I got a JSH "The Blues" harmonica in the key of B as a present from a mate, well, I'm hooked already and annoyed many a person attempting to play it around them.
: The lessons on this site are great! I already can accomplish a clean single note at least 50% of the time and I've started playing simple melodies. (I learnt Mary had a little lamb, and worked out "God save the queen" (so patriotic), and Twinkle Twinkle little star) (playing with the whistle method)
: I have a couple of questions, I've noticed that drawing (Is this the right word for breathing in on a note) on hole 1 and 2 on my hormonica produces a very metallic "razzy" note on hole 1, and a "train whistle" type sound on draw 2. drawing on 3 produces a milder effect as on 2. But then from 4 upwards the harmonica seems to perform fine. Might this be a technique error? Also anyone know anything about my make of harmonica? Any good? :-S
The problems you have encountered with the low draw notes are very common. Holes 1 to 3, but especially hole 2, are dificult to get right. The problem is almost certainly your embouchure. It takes much practice to master.
: Finally, I play tuba as my primary instrument, would playing the harmonica effect my hombesure(sic) for tuba? I'm a high level on tuba and don't want my playing to suffer from playing harmonica.
I don't think it would make a difference. I don't play tuba, though, so I really can't say.
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