[Harp-L] Cheating

Richard Hunter rhunter377@xxxxx
Tue May 7 12:37:11 EDT 2019

 Vern wrote:
I thought that it would be fun for our band to play ?The Good, the Bad, and
the Ugly?.  However the ADADA 16th-note riffs were a problem because none
of our elder musicians could play them fast enough. I tried
tongue-switching on a chromatic but could not do it cleanly at tempo.
So, I retuned the three blow C# reeds of an A diatonic up to D.  Now the
A-D  pairs lie on adjacent blow reeds in 3 octaves.
I also glued the draw reeds in the same chambers shut to absolutely
eliminate leakage. Now I can easily warble the ADADA quickly and cleanly at
tempo.  With reverb it sounds ethereal.  Then the steel guitar plays the
"wah wah wah" response.

Sounds like fun, but since this is a warble on a perfect 4th, why wasn't it
sufficient to play it on an appropriately keyed harp as a draw 1-2 warble
or a blow 3-4 or 6-7 warble?  All of those are perfect 4th warbles with a
constant breath direction.

Thanks, Richard Hunter
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