Re: Tone (cupping harp in hands)

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I was perusing HARP-L files and saw this from early in May and decided to put 
my 2 cents worth in.

>Am I correct in assuming that the more of your hands you have
>around and in front of your harp, the more you dampen the high
>frequency overtones?  And that cupping the harp in your hands thus
>helps to create the "FAT" tone that Charlie refers to?

>Eliot C. Williams

This is probably true. I also know that if you are using a mic (say a Shure 
SM58 or other cardioid type) and cupping harp and mic together - you may be 
blocking the sides of the mic - which picks up less low frequency and more 
highs. Depending on how you hold the mic - you may be directing the sound into 
the "top" or straight into the mic; which will enhance the bass frequencies.

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So, I think this is just one more element of many which enter into how 
someone's total sound is produced. It's not just the harmonica, mic, 
embouchure, oral / nasal passages, PA / other gear, etc. it's a combination of 
things. I've had people ask me "What kind of harmonica do you play? it has a 
nice tone." I smile, say thank you, and show them whatever one I have 
available, when in reality the harmonica has little to do with it. (not 
bragging, but I can get halfway decent tone if I try.) If I really tried to 
explain that it is such and such and such... they wouldn't understand and 
wouldn't want to hear it anyway.

                    Jack Ely      ely.j@xxxxxxxxxxxxx@pmdf

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