Re: Octaves WAS [Harp-L] PT Gazell is the man

"steve warner" wrote:
<I just love the 3 hole tongue block draw octaves, but to my ears it seems
<those who I know for a fact that use the 1896 Marine Band, they just seem to
<get a better sounding octave that's fuller and fatter in that register.
<What I'm talking about has nothing to do with the player because I hear
<virtuoso players who don't use the 1896 and they just don't seem to have
<that fat sounding octave.  Musslewhite is one grand master who doesn't get
<that fat octave like I'm talking about.   You understand what Im saying,

An octave by definition is two notes played simultaneously where one note is either double or half the frequency of the other--for example, middle C played simultaneously with the nearest higher or lower C.  Since the only octaves on a diatonic harp are located either 4 holes or 5 holes apart (i.e., the blow octaves all the way up and down and the draw octaves starting at the 3-7 split), what is a "3 hole tongue block octave"?  

Do you mean a 4-hole octave where 3 holes are blocked by the tongue, e.g. draw 1-2-3-4 where 1-2-3 are tongue blocked?  Or do you mean a chord, as opposed to an octave?

Thanks, Richard Hunter
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