Tagged: Finding B flat on the 3 hole
July 10, 2020 at 7:27 pm #14055
I have been really struggling to find the bend for B flat on the three hole. I saw another student mentioned downloading an app that helps you see what note you are hitting, and that is helping me see what is happening. However, hard as I try, when I bend, it jumps right down to A flat. Sometimes I can get A momentarily. Every here and there I see that I am softly hitting B flat for about an eighth of a second and then it moves down to A or A flat. Then after I hit it ever so briefly, I can’t find it again. I am in for the long haul and I know it won’t come overnight but do you have any suggestions for helping me find that B flat sweet spot?
Thanks, JeanetteJuly 10, 2020 at 8:10 pm #14056Steve BaldaramosParticipant
What’s the app to see the note?July 11, 2020 at 11:00 am #14058UdoParticipant
If you own a Mac just use GarageBand.
BRJuly 11, 2020 at 11:04 am #14059UdoParticipant
Sometimes it really helps to try bending with another harp. Either use another model or another key.
For me it was easier to bend using an A-Major harp compared to the regular C-Major harp Mitch is using throughout the course.
BRJuly 11, 2020 at 2:00 pm #14060
Thanks Udo, I will give that a try.
Steve, the app I am using on my android phone is called Harmonica Tuner.
JeanetteJuly 11, 2020 at 8:42 pm #14061Steve BaldaramosParticipant
Oh wow, that’s a cool app. I like that better than Garageband on Mac. Thanks.August 1, 2020 at 8:40 am #14088Joseph WooldridgeParticipant
I always practice bending with a Korg Chromatic Tuner CA-30. I can see the needle move as the note moves. Guess this is the same as using an app but I like using the guitar tuner better.August 3, 2020 at 12:36 pm #14096Mitch GraingerKeymaster
I’ll just add that if you are bending all the way down to the Ab on the 3 hole (using a C harp) that means you must be using mostly the breath from the back of the throat technique. Which is great, because this is really important to master your bends.
Once you are doing this, and if you are looking for more control, I suggest trying to bend very slowly down to that note, by starting out with a very relaxed tongue/throat position, and a very relaxed breath, then ever so gradually increase your air flow while moving the breath back in your mouth, using your tongue again as a guide.
The desired result should sound like someone on a trombone, or a slide guitar. Then, when you have control of this, you should start breaking up the individual notes. Finally, those apps are great, there are more and more coming out now. I’ve just found another one i like called Blue Harmonica on itunes apps.
MgAugust 3, 2020 at 6:21 pm #14101
Thanks Mitch. I will practice that way. Right now I am getting better at hitting B flat, but I have little control in moving from B flat to A to A flat and back again, so the extra tips are appreciated.
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