[Harp-L] Draw bend 5

Robert Hale robert@xxxxx
Thu Feb 1 20:07:10 EST 2018

On Thu, Feb 1, 2018 at 2:41 PM, The Iceman <icemanle at xxxxx> wrote:

> Robert,
> If you are teaching blues harmonica, IMO it is a mistake to not play it
> nor teach it. You are missing the point - it's more than just inhale
> bending 5 down to its natural floor.
>> It's the whole range of pitch change that occurs between these two fixed
> points.

​with larger intervals, I agree. Draw 5 bend is a quarter tone. Not much
"range" there.​

> Listen to how singers approach their target pitch from just below it.
> Listen to how singers will sustain their target pitch and then "color" it
> by slightly dipping below and returning.

​Now THAT's an idea I can endorse!​ Thank you.

> In harmonica sound, if your target note is that 5 hole inhale, why not
> approach it from slightly below, sustaining the tension for just a little
> bit before allowing the pitch to slowly raise itself to the ceiling?

​Yep, I like that.​ Thank you, Iceman.

Robert Hale
Serious Honkage in Arizona

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