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  • #3063
    AvatarAnonymous
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    HI Mitch,

    I’m progressing nicely. Thank you, for the great lesson plan. I don’t want to hurry my progress just to get through the course, so I need to ask you how to resolve several issues. I don’t want to stifle my progress with bad habits!

    (1) My harmonica tone is too “airy” and getting too much saliva in the harmonica, especially playing “blow notes.” I’ve analyzed this condition and occasionally, I’m breathing through my throat and nasal passage at the same time. I know I’m supposed to “breath through the harmonica,” but this is what I’d like to correct.

    (2) I’m improving when playing single notes, but not as consistently as I’d like. I have a problem at times playing notes, that are spaced apart and not in a consecutive arrangement.

    Mitch, I’ll do whatever is necessary, to correct the above issues. I don’t want to have the same problems in the advance lessons.

    Your suggestion/s and/or comments are always welcomed and appreciated.

    “Have a Harrpy day….You deserve it”

    Cheers,
    Larry Grant

    Thank you, Mitch!

    #3325
    IanIan
    Member

    Hi Larry,
    Re your tone issues it sounds like you are struggling to control your soft palate, the bit in your throat that controls the flow of air .
    It may sound overly simple but practice blowing out of your nose then your mouth, feel the soft palate engage… learn what it feels like where it should be.
    Also make sure the harp is deep in your mouth, it will help with the but also with isolating holes fr single notes.
    Good luck

    #3330
    AvatarAnonymous
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    Hey Mitch,

    Thank you, for the advice. I understand that now and thank you again, Mitch.

    Cheers,

    LarryG

    #3335
    IanIan
    Member

    Lol… I’m no expert. But then I’m not Mitch 😉 glad it helped anyway.

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