[Harp-L] Overbending vs. Half-Valving

Bob Marsolais bob@xxxxx
Fri Mar 3 13:14:48 EST 2017

I'm a beginner and working my way through Winslow's "Harmonica for
Beginners" book.  I highly recommend it.  I'm learning to bend and trying to
decide how to best go about achieving full chromaticity with diatonic harps.
As we all know there seems to be two ways to do this - half-valving and
overblows.  Both approaches have their proponents and significant players at
that.  People like PT Gazell, Brendan Power, Adam Gussow, Jason Ricci, and
others.  They all talk about the virtues of their preferred method, but I
haven't found a conversation about the disadvantages of one approach over
the other.  I'm trying to decide which is the best approach for this
beginner to focus on for now.  Perhaps I'll learn both later, but for now,
I'm trying to stay focused on one method.  Both methods give you full
chromaticity, but which one has fewer disadvantage for a beginner?

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