[Harp-L] Chromatic issue please help

Rick Dempster rickdempster33@xxxxx
Tue May 21 05:16:13 EDT 2019

Does he have any awareness of his pharynx? Or, in other words, is he aware
of air being
inhaled and exhaled through his nose, while playing, or not?
Sometimes people get a reed that sticks, because their mouth-shape
is tending to a pitch change, but not quite, and the reed doesn't sound.
Same thing happens prior to an 'overbend'.
I tell people to let some air pass through their nose, while playing the
It is usually on a draw.
This is mostly from experience with diatonics, but I can see it happening
with a chrom.
I taught harp in an adult ed. class for twelve years; people have the most
remarkably differing mouth/throat shapes
and controls.

On Tue, 21 May 2019 at 13:32, JOSEPH LEONE <3n037 at xxxxx> wrote:

> > On May 20, 2019 at 7:47 PM Michael Rubin <
> michaelrubinharmonica at xxxxx> wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hello,
> > I have a student who struggles with 9 draw on his chromatic.    I have
> > played his chrome, it's fine.  He has tried a 16 hole, same problem in
> the
> > same range.
> >
> > I have advised U blocking or Tongue blocking,  he doesn't want it.
> **** Then he's not being receptive. A student should be receptive. I had
> run into this years ago. Usually with older people. Which is why I don't
> teach.
> smokey-joe
> >
> > What is weird is all of the other notes play fine.
> >
> > Help!
> > Thanks,
> > Michael Rubin

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