[Harp-L] Evening Harp Thoughts
Wed May 17 01:01:22 EDT 2017
The midi costs $600. After 30 years of playing diatonic harp for a living,
you can estimate I've spent over $40,000 on harp and related equipment. It
is a drop in the bucket for a cool toy. At every gig I play, people line
up after the show to talk to me about the midi harp.
As for vibrato:
Draw in and say hoo hoo hoo hoo. Place the tip of the tongue on the floor
of the mouth about a centimeter behind the bottom gumline and raise the
back of the tongue as high as possible in an arc. Aim your airflow up and
down. Don't start on a vibrato, bring it in. Don't over do it. Subdivide
the clicks of a metronome by 12,2s,3s,4s. Expect around 4 years of practice
before it becomes nice to listen to. I am not being snarky, that's about
On Tue, May 16, 2017 at 9:22 PM, Joseph Leone <3n037 at xxxxx> wrote:
> > On May 16, 2017, at 9:27 PM, Leonard Schwartzberg <
> leonard1 at xxxxx> wrote:
> > Harpers: As you might know, I'm somewhat of a lower intermediate,
> > intermediate... type player, enjoy the BLUES totally, and enjoy
> listening to
> > David Barrett, Madcat, Jake Knows H.., reading Winslow's Blues for
> > (yes, I took your advice and bought the book).
> > Couple of things re: Cupping/Volume/Dynamics & Throat Vibrato. I've
> > watching lots of videos and as a rule of thumb I've been closing the cup,
> > closing the sound, on the blow notes, and opening and screaming at the
> > believe audience on the draw bluesy bent notes. It's really been
> > me much more aware of dynamics and sometimes I honestly feel I get extra
> > free notes because of the difference from cupped and uncapped and loud
> > soft and fluttered and, you get the idea. Oh well, I guess each of the
> > holes on my Session Steel diatonics almost play 8, 9, 10 or many more
> > different notes or sounds.. Not just the draws and blows and bends.
> > the Midi, therefore, produce 50 or 100 notes on each hole? Is that too
> > many? Listen to some of the real blues greats!!!! They are great!!!!
> > They make that tiny tin sandwich truly sing. Bet the Midi can't do
> > and it costs a grand.
> > On throat vibrato, which I seem to be lousy at, I've been chewing the
> > mouthpiece and therefore producing a good vibrato. I want to get the
> > vibrato from my throat on the draws, the blows are easy as they sound
> > the rat tat tat of a machine gun. I can't seem to get good throat
> > perhaps someone can give me the secret.
> Try to find a video of a old time comic named Burt Lahr. The gargle that
> he does will get you started.
> > I try and try at least for a short
> > time each day to work on it, but I'm convinced there's a secret and I'm
> > not getting it.
> > Thanks guys/gals, Leonard
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