Re: [Harp-L] Technique u blocking
- To: Robert Coble <robertpcoble@xxxxxxxxxxx>, harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Technique u blocking
- From: Tony Stephens <tnysteph@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 19:35:53 -0400
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I do not make a big u shape, I think more of a v shape. My tongue slides along the bottom plate of the harmonica.
I am still learning. Just been at it going on 3 years. I am sure some pick up on playing faster the I have. I am having fun & learning. That is what I think it is all about.
I enjoy all of the talk here about u blocking. Good to know that there are a number of players that use it.
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On Apr 14, 2013, at 1:02 AM, Robert Coble <robertpcoble@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Larry Marks wrote:
> I need to figure out what I actually do. Perhaps someone in this
> discussion can help me. I block using the center of my tongue to allow
> the passage of air. I do NOT curl my tongue in any way. The center of my
> tongue has a crease in it (I think everybody's does.)
> So what is it that I am doing? I call it center tongue blocking because
> I do not make a "U" with my tongue and so don't think of it as U
> blocking. What do you think?
> That's exactly what I learned to do, and it IS U-blocking. I wrote an article (actually on Harp-L originally) about the misconception that the TIP of the tongue has to be cajoled into a tight little curl to U-block. You are correct that there is a curved area (similar to a trough) running right down the center of everybody's tongue. (Okay, so there's some guy who had his tongue surgically altered into something similar to a snake's forked tongue; that doesn't count because he's not a harmonica player.) The article is archived at:
> If you are interested, check out the link.
> Crazy Bob
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