Re: [Harp-L] How to play nice and clean upper notes ?

Playing very softly and working on the cleanest sound I could get was how I started. When I was satisfied with a given volume level I increased it slightly and gradually worked my way up. It's a matter of the way you breathe and what's going on in your mouth and throat. It's not much different from getting a sweet sound in the middle octave. If I could describe it better I'd think about giving lessons. For me it was trial and error. Playing gently is the key to many harp problems. Little Walter said something about trying to use as little air as possible and it's been something I've fallen back on over and over. Pucker, tongue block, or anything in between shouldn't matter unless they affect the size and shape of the chamber.

On 12/2/2013 1:03 PM, Sébastien Frémal wrote:

I'm a young pucker player and since the beginning, I've got problems to
play clean upper notes (particularly the draw notes). There often are
noises similar to gratings (like if the harmonica was dying). Recently, I
discovered than this noise disappears if I play these notes with the tip of
my tongue on my second molar. It's not an easy way to play ...

I was wondering if other harmonicists got the same problem, knew what
causes the distortion (I guess there is a slight bending which distorts the
note) and, please, got some advises to avoid this annoying problem.



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