G harp's killing me
How come the G is so much harder? It shouldn't be so different.
When I was starting, I also found that the lower harps were harder to bend.
Here's some advice in the order most likely to help.
1. Practice bending each draw note 1,2,3, and 4 on the lowest harp for
which you can get a bend. (When I began, I could get both 2 draw
bent notes on my D harp but not on my A. As I worked on it, I found
that I needed to use more "throat" to get the 2 draw bent notes on
an A or G. Now they are my some of my favorite notes and I love my
G and A harps.
2. Adjust the "action" of the lower reeds. The draw reeds are the
obvious place to begin, but the blow reeds if set too high will leak
more air too. (Action is the distance between the tip of the reed
and the plane of the reed plate.) For general use, 1 to 2 reed
thicknesses is the corect height. You might want to go lower or
higher depending on your preference and interest in other techniques
such as overblowing...later). --
3. Buy another harp. Hey it's no sin to blame the instrument, but just
understand that it might not fix the problem. ;-) A long time ago,
I had only one harmonica, a G Marine Band. I gave up many times
because I couldn't do certain things on it. Now I know that if I
had purchased a "D" harp, I probably would have progressed a little
quicker without the dissapointment of feeling it was all my problem.
4. Don't sweat it. As your single note improves, and your lung capacity
increases, the stability of your tone will improve and those bent notes
on the lower harps will come along too.
"I'm warning you... I have a HARMONICA, and I'm not afraid to use it!!!"
Dick Anderson CCMO Component Engineering Telnet 229-3110
Hewlett Packard Direct Dial 1-303-229-3110
3404 E Harmony Road HPDESK dick_anderson@hp4000
Fort Collins Colorado 80525 mail anderson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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