Re: [Harp-L] limited instrument?
blues bends are unstable or hard to hit on pitch if the player is unstable. Can be done with confidence by many.
From: william price <promultis33@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Scott Albert Johnson <scojoharp@xxxxxxxxx>; harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Fri, Oct 31, 2014 4:16 pm
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] limited instrument?
Thanks SAJ, You are absolutely correct! Because blues bends are also unstable
when trying to maintain pitch or trying to hit the bend without the the arch
into it. To give you an example of the stability problem: try and play Come All
Ye Faithful in the low octave on your diatonic harmonica without sounding like
armature hour. I can do a spectacular job with that song by using my whole step
method for playing it. I have All the right notes and more usable chords. The
whole step rendition of that song is better than what you could do on a
chromatic as well.
On Friday, October 31, 2014 2:20 PM, Scott Albert Johnson <scojoharp@xxxxxxxxx>
"Problem: over blowing even for those that claim the ability is not stable,
therefore not a plausible method, for accurately over coming the
instruments stubby scales."
This is absolutely, positively untrue. An overblow is no more "unstable"
than a regular "blues" bend or countless types of notes played on a
saxophone, trumpet etc. An overblow can be sustained, bent etc. Here is
an example from my own playing:
Note in particular a bent-and-then-unbent 5OB at 3:49. Whether you like
OB/OD playing or not, to say it is not a plausible method just because YOU
can't do it is, to put it delicately, implausible. There's nothing
unstable about the playing of Howard Levy, or Carlos Del Junco, or Jason
Ricci etc. etc.
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