Re: [Harp-L] Articulation...
When I got deeper into listening to the harmonica AND all the other
instruments, I noticed just what Winslow describes in regards to tongue slap. When
chords clash, my solution was to learn to tongue slap so fast that you don't
have time to really hear a chord from the harmonica - just a sharp percussive
effect. In so doing, I also discovered that this gives a more solid attack to
the note created with the tongue slap.
In a message dated 11/10/2008 2:51:26 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
The other potential downside to a tongue slap is that if the chord notes on
the harmonica clash with the chord played by piano, guitar, etc., then the
slap will sound bad. Players who use slaps where they clash with the backing
chord are not doing themselves any favors - you have to actually listen and
understand whether the slap works in the musical context.
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