Posted by SlipKid on July 09, 2002 at 16:11:10:
In Reply to: Could my hands be too small? posted by E-J on July 09, 2002 at 12:55:55:
E-J, I just picked up the Master Class Portnoy lessons, and there is a great little tip in there that may apply to your dilema. If you play cross harp (lower end of the harp), try curling your right hand thumb OVER the 6 and 7 hole as you hold the harp in the traditional style. This should bring your hands closer together so that the heals of your hands press tight. Your thumb (as Portnoy says) creates a seal against your cheek to form an air tight cup. If you need to play up the harp to the higher notes, simply slide your thumb over to accomodate. If that don't work, try anything you can to form that cup. Be creative. For other harp secrets I recommend making the investment in the M.C. set.
Hope this helps n' Keep mad harpin'.
: I have only been learning (diatonic) for a week but I'm getting the hang of single notes, via both whistle method and tongue-blocking. Trying to get the hang of the hand tremolo effect, however, is doing me in. I just can't seem to make an airtight cup - the only way I can get a tremolo is by actually banging my hand against the harmonica as I attempt it. I have followed the instructions both in the teach-yourself style book I'm learning from, and on this site, but I find it very hard to cover the spaces at the back of the harp (at the end nearest my right-hand fingers) and am starting to wonder if it's simply that my hands are too small! Is this a problem anyone else has come across? (Is this why I don't know any other women harmonicists??) Or is there a knack to it that I just haven't picked up yet?
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