Re: [Harp-L] SPlit bends (was Re:looking for new inspiration)
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- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] SPlit bends (was Re:looking for new inspiration)
- From: Winslow Yerxa <winslowyerxa@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 11:05:29 -0700 (PDT)
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The eaiest split bend to control is where you're playing Draw 2 and
Draw 5 together, blocking 3 and 4 with the tongue.
Now, bend Draw 2 down so that it's a true octave below Draw 5.
This is the easiest because Draw 5 bends very little, less than a
semitone, and stays put fairly easily.
Next easiest: do the same thing with Draw 3 and 6. This is harder
because while Draw 5 bends very little, Draw 6 does bend a semintone,
and bends more readily. You want to bend one not and not the other in
Next: Blow 7 and 10. Here it't the high note that you want to bend.
Blow 7 bends very little while Blow 10 bends 2 semitones, so you've got
a good complement. But use a low-key harp to make it easier on
Mext: Blow 6 and 9
Next: Blow 5 and 8.
Maybe these lower-pitched blow bends are a bit easier, as the lower a
high blow bend is, the easier it is to access and control.
One split bend that is hard to do but potentiall very useful is Draw 1
and 3 - hold 1 at pitch and bend 3 down 2 semitones. Filisko can do it,
Howard probably can. I've never mastered it.
Then there are the non-split bends in adjacent holes.
Everone who plays Draw 3 and 4 togeheter and bends 3 down a little to
sound bluesy while trying not to bend 4 much at all is familliar with
But what if you hold Draw 4 steady while pulling Draw 3 down 2, or even
Then there is the range of dual bends in 2 and 3 togehter.
Let's say you're in 2nd position. Draw 2 and 3 unbent are part of the I
If you bend 2 down a smitone and 3 down 2 semitones, the notes are now
part of the V chord.
If you bend them both down 2 semitones, they're part of the bVII chord.
For instance, if you're playing in G on a C harp, bending 2 and 3 down
2 semitones turns G and B into F and A, which are part of an F chord.
This not an exhaustive list, just a quick tour of a few possibilities.
--- BiscuitBoy714@xxxxxxx wrote:
> What do you mean by split bends? I'm sure if Howard Levy is doing it
> got's to be cool though.
> Maybe this is something else I can add to the unexpected things I
> learned by being on this list.
> In a message dated 4/26/2007 6:08:44 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> Roscoharp@xxxxxxx writes:
> actually uses more unusual positions, overblows & overdraws,
> octaves, split
> etc, etc...... & covers more musical ground than anyone.
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