[Harp-L] Double tongue blocking?

Rick Dempster rickdempster33@xxxxx
Sun Oct 28 03:00:57 EDT 2018

Genearlly referred to as "U-Blocking". I think, describing the shape of the

On Sun, 28 Oct 2018 at 12:47, Mick Smith via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx>

> I have read about the 2 styles of single note playing, pucker and tongue
> block but I don't think I use either.  I taught myself to play by rolling
> up my tongue and using it to direct air flow at one hole only, and to
> bounce it off for chords.  I could play simple tunes by holding the
> harmonica with my teeth and moving my tongue left and right over 4 holes
> maybe.  Dentures prevent that any more, and I usually used a horse collar
> anyway.
> Does anyone else play like this?  I haven't played for 40 years but am now
> relearning and have decided on chromatic and solo tuned for Irish
> traditional and Gospel music where notes are more important than bends and
> chords.  I am exploring pucker and tongue block but neither seems as
> intuitive as tongue-roll to me, except center  blocking for octaves or
> intervals seems appealing.  I do plan to explore them enough to know what
> tools are available.
> I am fascinated by the talk on positions and modes, as much of Irish music
> is modal, and my ear/brain is starting to grasp the feel of it.  My plan is
> to learn to hear and feel it first, then analyse it.  People I know who
> learn the tech first seem to struggle more learning to play by ear later.
> Mick

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