Re: Tilted embouchure~~and "upside down" embouchure

- --- In harp-l-archives@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Laughton,
Bob" <LaughtonB@xxxx> wrote:
> On Wednesday, May 12, 2004 5:32 AM, kcmojoe wrote:
> > I wonder if playing the harp with the numbers down
is better?
> I'm sure others will correct me if I'm wrong, but
many or even most of the Chicago players played
'numbers down' - I believe this was the 'industry
standard' then. 

Hi Bob,
    i don't mean to start any arguments or anything,
but do you have any evidence that "many or most of the
 Chicago players" play their harps upside-down? Little
Walter, Big Walter, James Cotton, Junior Wells, George
"Harmonica" Smith, Jerry Portnoy, Charlie
Musselwhite... any of these guys? it seems to me the
players who used their harps "numbers down" were
strictly in the minority, based on the relatively few
people "known" for playing their harps upside-down:
William Clarke, Sonny Terry, Paul Butterfield...
    another thing to consider is that some of these
"upsidedowners" were left handed, which may have
affected the choice to hold the harp that way, perhaps
by giving them a better cup on the low notes (assuming
they hold the harp in their right hand and cup with
the left).
   anyway... just thought i'd ask. 


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