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    I practiced the harp for 2 years and grew frustrated with try in my to bend notes. I really wanted to play the blues, but couldnt without tongue blocking and bending those notes

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    Hi, is there an easier way to learn how to bend notes? I've seen every YouTube video and can't get it

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    Some help here, please. Is there an easy way to learn how to bend notes. I've watched many YouTube lessons and can't get it right. There are no teachers in my area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Yates View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovinit View Post
    Some help here, please. Is there an easy way to learn how to bend notes. I've watched many YouTube lessons and can't get it right. There are no teachers in my area.
    Pronounce ee oh ah, notice how your jaw lowers, this should get you on your way to bending them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovinit View Post
    Some help here, please. Is there an easy way to learn how to bend notes. I've watched many YouTube lessons and can't get it right. There are no teachers in my area.

    Thanks
    Lovinit
    No easy way — just way (with thanks to Yoda). It’s as Croaky says. The jaw lowers, but the back of the tongue rises.

    Sit and watch the TV and draw in on the middle holes (mebbe 4 or 6) of yer Bb or C harp while movin’ yer tongue around and your jaw up and down — everything slowly. Then just keep messin’ wid it ‘til ya git whatcha want. It’s like learnin’ ta skip or whistle or shoot an arrow or throw a rock accurately. Forget about books and YouTube, just do it ‘til ya can do it.

    Then, when you’ve learned to draw bend, you can work on blow bending. It’s much more difficult.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Croaky Keith View Post
    Pronounce ee oh ah, notice how your jaw lowers, this should get you on your way to bending them.
    This. That's the kind of thing that helped me a lot. As you draw in say eeeee normally and then change it to ohhhhhh without a harmonica, then try it with. It's one of those things that you just eventually get with practice.
    Actually the way I heard it was to say "weeeee" then "woooo" for the bend...but same thing. ha.

    Also, it helps greatly if you have a good quality, airtight harmonica. It is really hard to bend on a leaky cheap harmonica.

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    Also, it helps greatly if you have a good quality, airtight harmonica. It is really hard to bend on a leaky cheap harmonica.

    I'm not sure I understand the difference.

    Now, my question is, do you need to know circular breathing?
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    [QUOTE=Nickie;2200013]Also, it helps greatly if you have a good quality, airtight harmonica. It is really hard to bend on a leaky cheap harmonica.

    I'm not sure I understand the difference.

    Now, my question is, do you need to know circular breathing?[/QUOTE



    To be air tight, the silver covers need to be tight to the plastic comb. No extra air sneakin’ in or out.

    And no, Nickie, no circular breathing, but it’s a lotta fun doing it. I learned it when I was playin’ some of my brass instruments. One learns to breath in and blow out, more or less, at the same time. I just tried it a little bit, and I could still do it with a little practice.

    There’s a piece called “Moto Perpetuo, Op. 11“. I have it Played by Wynton Marsalis. It might be on YouTube. It’s really interesting.
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