[Harp-L] tongue blocking fifths on diatonic harmonicas
Tue Aug 30 16:33:35 EDT 2016
Everybody's tongue is different, and you may not be able to isolate a single diatonic hole with the tip of your tongue (or especially with the broad surface).
What works for me individually to isolate a single hole is to point the tip of my tongue upward and use the narrow cord-like muscle that runs along the underside of the tongue to block that one hole.
For really wide blocks, I use the top surface of the tongue as it's pliable, moist, won't poke into the holes and cuase drag, and will easily cover several holes.
To block 2 holes, I find the tip of the tongue works fine. Any wider and the tongue start pointing down. Any narrower and the tongue starts pointing up.
But that's just me.
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From: Sheltraw <macaroni9999 at xxxxx>
To: Rick Dempster <rickdempster33 at xxxxx>
Cc: harp-l <harp-l at xxxxx>; Hannes Schneider <hannes.schneider.23 at xxxxx>
Sent: Monday, August 29, 2016 8:51 PM
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] tongue blocking fifths on diatonic harmonicas
Lately I have been working on tongue blocking for playing dyads too. I usually play the two notes separately before attempting to play them together. This way you clearly hear what your target sound is before attempting to play it. I think Winslow may have taught me this. Winslow?
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> On Aug 29, 2016, at 3:47 PM, Rick Dempster <rickdempster33 at xxxxx> wrote:
> Make your tongue into a point and place it in the hole to be blocked.
> On 30 August 2016 at 02:32, Michael Rubin <michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx>
>> Get a four hole spread octave on holes one and four by blocking 2 and 3.
>> Move your tongue slightly right and close the left side of your mouth by
>> one hole's width.
>> That is the fifth in 2 draw and 4 draw. Learn that shape.
>> Hope that helps.
>> Michael Rubin
>> On Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 10:26 AM, Hannes Schneider <
>> hannes.schneider.23 at xxxxx> wrote:
>>> Ever since I got Richard Hunter's solo harmonica CDs and listened to Sam
>>> Hinton on Youtube I've been wanting to learn how to play like that. The
>>> thing that consistently eludes me is how to tongue block the middle hole
>>> out of three to play (mostly) fifths. Any help in learning how to get
>>> would be greatly appreciated ...
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