[Harp-L] Tongue Block Bending

One way to approach tongue block bending is to first whistle with pursed lips and raise and lower the pitch of the note. Pay attention to what you are doing with your tongue while you do this. Now place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth just behind your upper teeth and off to one side and keep it there. Then start whistling again and work at raising and lowering the pitch while you keep holding the tip of your tongue in place. Pay particular attention to the side of your tongue opposite the side of your mouth that you are holding the tip of your tongue on. Move this side toward the middle of your mouth, especially near the back. See if you can create pitch changes by doing this as you whistle. This is another way of changing the size of the vibrating mass of air inside of your mouth.

When you start getting dome results with this, then try bending again with the harmonica.

It is less complicated to do than to describe. It felt really weird to me at first, but I got the hang of it after a while. Have fun! Nobody needs to know what you are up to!

Richard Sleigh

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