Re: [Harp-L] calling tongue block benders

I didn't get his last week, but I think I understand now, you're talking about beating aren't you?  You can get an octave perfectly in tune and it will sound like one note, but then the tuning gets off a little bit and you get what my ear hears as R..RING! I love that sound... and that's a good bit away in the tuning differential from where the beating starts. I hear what I think you mean by a flutter at the point where if the tuning were any more different, you'd have a slight beat. Or maybe you've been talking about a beat the whole time..
Dave Payne Sr. 
Elk River Harmonicas 

----- Original Message ----
From: steve warner <10reedsbent@xxxxxxxxx>
To: harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2008 10:58:40 PM
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] calling tongue block benders

Hi Frank,
Hittin' octaves are easy, but it's that flutter sound I'm after.  To my ears
it's like an advanced octave.  I think I haven't been explaining myself
properly and the fact that my practice harps are slightly out of tune may
have been the culprit now that I'm really digging back into the harp for the
first time in over 2 years.

Now that my lungs and head is clear, a funny think happened Sat. afternoon
after my ears popped several times from that head cold that was going
around...... I went digging into my big harp case for the harps I don't use
for practice,  I grabbed a rarely used 7 year old Lee Oskar G, an unused
1923 Hering C, a BLues Harp A, C and several slightly used Special 20's in
various keys and they all had that beautiful octave where the flutter was
starting to sound on the blows.  That's what I'm after "ala William
Clarke".  Now most of these harps  were the harps that I regapped  before my
divorce over 2 years ago, so  I'm beginning to think that some harps aren't
tuned just right from factory  The blow octaves are easy, but the ones I'm
really concentrating on are the draw octaves and with these harps nearly all
were accomplished up to the 5/9.  6/10's are a little stiff and shrill
except the low low keys.  Hitting them just right with proper air to get
that draw octave flutter I will soon have down fluently.


On Sat, Nov 15, 2008 at 5:16 PM, Frank Franze <Franze52@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi - Steve... my eureka moment was>>" not putting a time limit" on how long
> it would take to master solid tongue blocking techniques out of the left
> side of my mouth.  A suggestion would be to make sure your ability to play
> music using nothing but octaves is strong and effortless.  Good luck and
> above all have fun! Frank
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