Re: [Harp-L] Blow Bends
- To: Rick Dempster <rick.dempster@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Blow Bends
- From: Mike Curtis <ironmanmc@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 04 Dec 2011 09:59:22 -0800
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The secret to blow bends, draw bends, overblows, and great harmonica
tone and volume is resonance. You need to tune your mouth, throat,
etc., to the note you're playing. Low notes, large embouchure. High
notes, very small embouchure, with your tongue pressed up against the
roof of the mouth like it was the last lifeboat out of the Titanic, with
just enough room for air to pass. When you're resonant, the note will
become much louder, almost as if it's exploding inside your head.
I've taught many otherwise good harmonica players to play resonantly.
Without exception, every one of them was amazed the first time they
achieved resonance, despite my forewarning them. The most often used
word was, "...WOW!!! "
By adding valves to all bendable notes (1-6 draw, 7-10 blow) and using
resonance, I'm able to bend every reed, blow and draw, every hole.
Valved bends require resonance. All of my notes are naturally
consistent, and sound alike unless I choose otherwise. All of my
different brand and model harmonicas sound alike, regardless of comb
Of course, I can back up my claims. I have a lot of songs on
mp3.com.au, soundclick,com, etc. Google "ironman mike curtis". All of
my recordings are live and single takes.
If you're a glutton for punishment and/or hate cats, I also have a live
2 hour 20 minute video, 36 meg, of me singing and playing harmonica
(racked), guitar, and organ bass pedals.. I programmed drums on an
Alesis SR-16. The picture is awful (maybe my face broke the camera?)
The sound is good. I can email it. Ideally, I'd like to find someone
willing to host it and make it available. If you like it and have a
buck or two, I could *really* use it - but it's strictly voluntary.
On 11/23/2011 2:43 PM, Rick Dempster wrote:
Just stick with it! You'll get there.
Can anyone offer some advice?
Kevin Hamilton<kham27@xxxxxxxxx> 23/11/2011 16:14>>>
I'm learning to blow bend the high notes and everytime I try to sustain the
blow it comes out to normal blow. The 8 blow bend is no problem but the 9
and 10 I can't successfully sustain.
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