#1August 28th, 2007 · 10:41 AM
3 threads
2 posts
Canada
Harmonica
well, i just started playing the harmonica a few days ago.. i want to learn more but i find it very difficult. if anyone plays harmonica here, feel free to share with the rest of us
anyway i have no clue how to bend notes.. i have a c harp and for some reason i also have a low d harp haha don't ask... anyway whoever is experienced with the harmonica please share with me, and whoever else is interested in this.. unless there is a different technique i should learn to play first... i know how to tongue block and lip block... i can play single notes.. uhm yeah that's pretty much it i've only been playing for 3 days or so..  i'd really like to learn how to play the blues on my harp.. but so far i know mary had a little lamb, oh susanna, and hey jude. any hints or help is greatly appreciated. thanks
#2August 28th, 2007 · 11:12 AM
19 threads / 15 songs
84 posts
United States of America
The mechanism of the "note bending" for the harmonica is based on over-blowing. http://www.angelfire.com/tx/myquill/DiatonicTechniques.html while not ideal should give a start for the techniques. also try http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmonica_techniques
#3August 28th, 2007 · 11:55 AM
17 threads / 3 songs
185 posts
United States of America
David Harp books
David Harps books come with cd's and how to instructions ..3 min to blues,rock,and folk harp.
www.davidharp.com

might be good I don't know I have heard of these though.
#4August 28th, 2007 · 07:07 PM
3 threads
2 posts
Canada
thanks a lot for stringbreaker the angelfire site is great:) i haven't checked out the wikipedia site yet.
gtr1960, that's an offer for lessons or something i'd like to learn how to play by myself with little hints from the internet, the site you gave me is just a promotion for lessons, i appreciate the help though
thanks a lot guys. i still can't get the bends though, i'm not even close haha
#5August 29th, 2007 · 01:42 AM
17 threads / 3 songs
185 posts
United States of America
It's a book
he has a book with a cd that is called  3 minutes to blues rock and folk harp
It's $9.95 us dollars for just the book or 15.95 for book with haomonica... 80 page book with a 74 min  self guided play along cd  that teaches a variety of  harmonica styles in minutes. you can find some of his tteaching books at barnes and noble

http://www.davidharp.com/beginning_har_books.html
#6August 29th, 2007 · 03:08 AM
64 threads / 13 songs
669 posts
United States of America
You can't magically figure out how to do complicated harp techniques---you'll need to follow some sort of lesson or tutorial.  If it's a matter of getting them for free, then try Wikibooks.  Getting a solid bend down takes a lot of time and practice.  Practice embrochure bending before you move onto overblowing and overbending. http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Harmonica
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