Re: [Harp-L] Pucker and TB
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The main advantage of using the tongue block method is that it
facilitates the tongue-slap. The tongue-slap is a grace-note chord
played before the single note on the right corner of the mouth. This
technique causes the melody note to ring out -- because it is the
highest pitched note of all the notes (the crunch of the grace-note
chord) and the single note at the far right. This means blow holes 1 2
3 are hit first as a grace note chord and shut off as soon as they are
sounded followed by hole 4. To get a sense of this technique, simply
play the C scale starting on holes 4 - 7 and slapping the three-note
chord (to the left) after every note -- blow or draw -- in the scale,
ascending and descending.
The fake slap uses the pucker shape over three holes. It switches the
widened pucker for a chord alternating with narrow pucker for center
note. If the melody note is blow hole 4, the mouth is widened to play
holes 3 and 5.
The main difference between these two slaps is that with the tongue
slap the highest pitched note (and loudest or most prominent) is the
note at the far right. With the pucker method the highest pitched note
is NOT the melody note; the melody note is the CENTER and tends to get
overwhelmed by the notes on either side of it.
One advantage of the pucker slap is that it allows a slap when playing
hole 2 -- because there is hole 1 to the left and hole 3 to the right
to provide a chord slap.
This is not as effective playing hole 2 with the tongue block because
only the 1 hole is available to the left of hole 2 and NOTHING is
available to the right of hole 2.
The work-around for this lack of notes to the left of hole 4 is double
Richter layout like Hohner's Steve Baker Special tuning which
duplicates the first three holes that bend so there is a low octave
and regular octave of draw bending notes. This extra low octave adds a
bit of spice to the sound, kind of like SB II.
Seydel offers this tuning as well and a Sololist Pro 12 Steel Four
TImes Richter where for sets of holes like 1 2 3 Richter.
PS: The harmonica must be played right side up, low notes to left (NOT
upside down) or all bets are off.
Hope this helps.
From: MundHarp <MundHarp@xxxxxxx>
To: tnysteph <tnysteph@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: harp-l <harp-l@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sat, Jun 13, 2015 6:33 am
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Pucker and TB
Learn BOTH and interchange them... I do!
John "Whiteboy" Walden
In bonnie Scotland.
In a message dated 13/06/2015 02:20:30 GMT Daylight Time,
I guess some only pucker, others only tongue block. But some mix both
their playing. I know Ronnie Shellist does both. I am trying to do the
of the two also. So my question Does anyone have any good practice
Any tips to jump started this mix?
There is a lot to learn with 10 little holes, lol. I am trying.
Thanks for any help.
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