RE: [Harp-L] Articulation...
Probably all of the above. Remember some people play tongue block almost
exclusively so there are all sorts of approaches depending on what
effect you are going for at that moment in the song. Jerry Portnoy and
David Barrett's instructional materials focus on tongue-block and do a
great job of illustrating and teaching the various usages for slaps,
pull-slaps, chords, etc. I really like Barrett's DVD videos because he
runs through all of those effects with examples.
In the end, it's all about just doing it over and over again, practice,
until you get the exact sound you desire. Great first start by recording
yourself, sounds much different than what you think it sounds like, or
what it sounds like from "inside your head" when you are playing!
From: harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx [mailto:harp-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of JFlash541@xxxxxxx
Sent: Saturday, November 08, 2008 4:20 PM
Subject: [Harp-L] Articulation...
Here's a question (probably dumb one but anyways...)
I've been playing now for nearly six years, mostly blues, and have
begun to record myself to go back and review to see what I could do
I've been in the habit of tongue blocking and articulating notes with a
tongue slap. Listening to it, I can tell that it is kind of a mushy
single note playing and not a good sound a lot of times for what I am
The question.... Is the best attack on a single note the "ta" using
or "ka" coming from the throat?....what's the most common? I know this
isn't an exciting topic but thanks for the help.... I don't want to be
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