[Harp-L] Who would like to give me lessons on how to overblow

The Iceman icemanle@xxxxx
Sun Feb 10 12:58:25 EST 2019

<<That is: tongue position for 4° = tongue position for 4'.>>
Disagree - it is ALL about the tongue position for each note created through all bending techniques. Problem seems to be that most do not sensitize themselves to the small adjustments to that "lump" in the tongue - missing out on the micro adjustments needed.
However, 4' is a good starting point to discover the micro adjustment needed for that 4 OB...
also, there is just a tiny bit more of initial impulse energy needed to begin that OB.
Once again, it is the ability to understand and feel these micro adjustments at position and energy used that is so important to owning all the notes created through bending techniques.

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From: Laurent Vigouroux <laurent.vigouroux at xxxxx>
To: captron100 at xxxxx <captron100 at xxxxx>; Harp-L at xxxxx <Harp-L at xxxxx>
Cc: rhhammersley at xxxxx <rhhammersley at xxxxx>
Sent: Sun, Feb 10, 2019 11:48 am
Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Who would like to give me lessons on how to overblow

Hi all

Chris Michalek (rest in peace) really helped chromatic playing being better known and understood. He was a really innovative guy.
I haven't tried the the straw trick, but it looks similar to a trick I've used myself: whistle a note than lower it. The position of the tongue changes. This is what you need to do for overblows.

Regarding doing the 8 blow bent and reproduce this position for the 6o, this is actually not fully correct. We've discovered since that time (Chris recorded the video 10 years ago) that the secret was that the position of the tongue for most overblows was actually exactly the same as the one of the opposite bend.

That is: tongue position for 4° = tongue position for 4'.

The other big discovery is that only 4 tongue positions are required to produce all the bends and the overnotes!
Here is a tab explaining it (sorry it is in French), each position has a color code.

You'll see that (if we talk about tongue positions):
4° = 5° = 6° = 4' !!!

And that's the big secret to really master overblows.

I've tried to give some inputs in a video on youtube. I should make another, better one (explaining better the tongue positions), but here it is still:

You can activate caption for English translation.

Happy Harpin'


Le 10/02/2019 12:45, « Harp-L au nom de captron100--- via Harp-L » <harp-l-bounces at xxxxx au nom de Harp-L at xxxxx> a écrit :

    On Mon, 4 Feb 2019, Richard Hammersley wrote: I want to learn to overblow.
    Here is a video which contains "the secret to overblowing", and is said to always work and never fail. Using a C 
    harp: The title is "12th pos. The secret to overblowing & bending notes pt 1". The straw technique explanation starts at c. 5:25.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ys86fFfylRw .  

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