[Harp-L] Draw bend 5

Robert Hale robert@xxxxx
Thu Feb 1 13:56:57 EST 2018

Although historically significant players used it, and because it's there
on the harp, are not good enough reasons for me to draw bend 5.
The third semitone down from Draw 3 is there on the harp, too.
Documentation, sure, but musically relevant, no.

(I love you guys!)

Robert Hale
Serious Honkage in Arizona

On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 7:25 AM, BenBouman2017 <ben at xxxxx>

> Here is an example how I use the 5 draw bend.
> It is in blues songs a very nice ( important) “blue note”… that’s what I
> use it for!
> https://soundcloud.com/ben-bouman/5down
> Ben Bouman
> Op 31 jan. 2018, om 20:19 heeft Robert Hale <robert at xxxxx> het
> volgende geschreven:
> Why do some instructional materials, and some players insist on draw bend
> 5?
> It can only bend a 1/4 tone down, that's half-way between two adjacent
> guitar frets, and half-way between a black and the next white key on piano.
> It's not a pitch incorporated into western music except for rare vocal
> treatments. It's not in the scale, not in the key.
> 1/4 tones ARE of prime importance in East Indian music, and music of Asia.
> At most it's an "effect" and most often sounds like a bend attempt that did
> not succeed.
> I don't play it. I don't teach it.
> You are welcome to link me to sound samples that you think are good musical
> examples.
> Robert Hale
> Serious Honkage in Arizona
> youtube.com/DUKEofWAIL
> DUKEofWAIL.com
> Kindest regards, met vriendelijke groeten,
> Ben Bouman
> www.benboumanharmonicas.com
> www.harmonicainstituut.nl
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