Re: Blow Bends
- Subject: Re: Blow Bends
- From: "Stephen Shaw" <moorcot@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2003 01:11:03 +0100
>From: "IronMan Mike Curtis" <ironman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> (SELECTIVE
>The high blow bends are IMHO underused by most harmonica players.
>love 'em. If I want to get a crowd stirred up, QUICK, I'll take a high
>When can you use 'em? Constantly. They're every bit as valid as the low
>notes, and because so many harpers shy away from them, you'll find yourself
>in rarefied company.>>>>>>>>
I agree with Mike. I know that mine's only a minority interest, but in
Irish tunes on the diatonic harp you are a bit restricted as to the types of
ornamentation available. Blow bending at the high end is a really useful
thing to be able to do - not necessarily to get missing notes, but more to
get a bit more expressiveness into the music in a "slurring" kind of way.
As with any technique, it needs to be used judiciously - less is more! Any
chance I get to plug the Irish thing....!
Want more than the blues? Try Irish!
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