Re: [Harp-L] overbend

"Over bends" or my preferred term, "reverse bends" occur in holes 1 - 6
when you blow so as to kill the blow reed and cause the draw reed to bend
in the opposite of its normal direction and sound. Draw reeds normally
sound while being drawn into the slot under the reed. When you do a reverse
bend, the draw reed is blown away from the slot and sounds. The same
phenomenon occurs in holes 7 - 10, but the reeds are switched (i.e., the
draw reed is killed and the blow reed is sucked away from the slot and

The term bend generally refers to bending the tone, not bending the reed.
In order to make any sound on a harmonica, you have to bend the reed. in
this case, however, the reverse nature of the bending is remarkable.

Under no circumstances does the "over" of over bend or over blow mean that
you blow harder. It's all in the angle of attack of the column of air you
are blowing into the instrument. If you do that part right, you can do an
over bend without blowing or drawing hard. The only reason for blowing or
drawing hard is if you want a loud note.


On Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 12:08 PM, Robert Hale <robert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Draw bends go down
> Blow bends go down
> Overblows go up
> Do Overbends go up also?
> Robert Hale
> Serious Honkage in Arizona

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