December 5, 2016 at 10:05 am #4857
Attached you find notation symbols for PowerPoint or Word. It should contain most of them. At the moment vibrato notation is missing.
Do you think this is of any help to you or did I try to solve a problem that doesn’t exist?
UdoDecember 7, 2016 at 9:19 am #4908
I introduced two bendings which don’t exist in my notation symbols. Attached you find the corrected version.
UdoDecember 7, 2016 at 10:56 am #4911December 12, 2016 at 11:22 am #4957
I corrected the 10 blow – thanks for the hint. I attach the corrected pptx and png.
The symbols are grouped forms and numbers – I didn’t design a font. So you can copy and paste them one by one from the first or second slide of the pptx as needed. So download the pptx and have a try.
December 26, 2016 at 1:02 pm #5117
- This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Mitch Grainger.
Hi Udo and others. I imagine that these are quite valuable. I have never seen them before. My problem is that I don’t know how to read them. The straight arrows are obvious. Some of the bent arrows leave me wondering. You have the shafts of some of these arrows with one to three short vertical lines. I am uncertain what these represent. This confusion is compounded when in some of the illustrations you have a partial second line running parallel to the shaft of the arrows.
I would think a brief explanation would correct the confusion.
Be well, RonDecember 27, 2016 at 12:49 am #5121
The vertical lines indicate how many half tones you bend to reach the specific note. It’s something Mitch explains in the early lessons. So one vertical line means bend one half tone, two means bend two half tones, and finally three means bend three half tones. The bend in holes 1,2,3,4,, and 6 are draw bends (breathing in), the bends in holes 8,9, and 10 are blow bends (breathing out).
Mitch says something like – “There are as many half tones available as are lying between the draw note and the blow note on one hole”. For example 3 blow is G and 3 draw is B. So you can bend Bb, A, and Ab while drawing the reed in hole 3.
For me it was very hard to hit the right bend by ear. So I use an Android App called Bendometer Mobile to assist me. It shows the harp layout and all the notes (straight or bent) that are playable. When I play it shows me in real time if I hit the right note. To have feedback while I play is valuable for me.
BTW: Other notations use the number of the hole (1-10) and prefix it by – if you draw the note and + (or nothing) if you blow the note. The bends are notated by ticks (‘). So you might see something like -3 -3”.
December 27, 2016 at 1:57 pm #5124
- This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Udo.
Hay Udo, Thanks, this should help quite a bit. I am terribly slow with all of this and have spent the last four weeks working on the first five of Mitch’s lessons. I have several problems when it comes to learning an instrument and/or music. Probably the most significant is a very bad ear. And by bad I mean real bad. For example I recently purchased a slide guitar, not anticipating all of the different tunings that are used with this instrument. I have a good tuning meter that helps me know when I have the note. It does not tell me which octave I am in, and my ear is so bad I frequently can’t tell whether I am an octave high or low. I can hear a difference between octaves, but don’t know if the tone that I am hearing is above or below the tone that I want. I may be kidding myself but believe that if I persevere I will eventually overcome this deficit.
You mention a Android App. This sounds like this is something that I could use. Since it is an app. it sounds like something one can download, or do you need to buy a mechanical device. Where can one obtain one?
Thanks again, RonDecember 28, 2016 at 2:52 am #5171
For me it was and still is: practice, practice, and practice. I started with the bluesy stile of harping in spring this year and think I am a beginner still. Draw bending was hard for me to master. I now think I can hit the draw bends needed in 2nd position. Years end is reserved for blow bends and this will keep me practicing in 2017 as well.
For me it proofed helpful to record and playback my harping with my MacBook – I use audacity for this. I recognised that the harp sounds quite different in my head compared to what I record. Sometimes I thought after playback: “Sounds quite well”, although it didn’t sound so good while recording (I hope you can follow my thoughts).
Here are some Apps I find useful for practicing the bluesharp
Bendometer mobile – thats the one I mentioned already:
Harmonica exercises – little patterns easy to follow [graphic representation and sound for each pattern]:
Functional ear trainer – I have no perfect ear and try to train it:
December 28, 2016 at 12:34 pm #5175
- This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Udo.
Hi Udo, and thanks again. Yes! Practice, practice and then practice some more! Deep down I realize that I am not a total basket case. I have played a classical guitar on and off for over 50 years. It took me about three years before I could tune it by ear, but I eventually was able to do it. I think your idea to record what I play for feedback is an excellent idea. I have been poking around on the internet for some software that I could use to record with, but have not found any information that I thought that I could rely on. Fender makes a series of Amps, the Mustang series that I have been told can be used to record anything that would go through their amps and I have been considering purchasing one of those,
And I will take a close look at all of the apps that you suggest.
I think I will make a separate post asking for help on this, but do you have any thoughts?
December 29, 2016 at 7:21 am #5179
- This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by Ronald James.
I use Audacity for record and playback a free, open-source application available for macOS, Windows, and Linux: http://www.audacityteam.org/ .
For immediate feedback the internal mic of my MacBook is sufficient. I don’t have any amps, or mics besides.
UdoDecember 29, 2016 at 9:48 am #5180
Hay: Audacity… I have run into a number of people who have recommended Audacity. I have tried to download it several times. In each instance it appears to download properly. It makes it to my download file but will not open. I am going to give it another try and if that doesn’t fly I need to get someone to take a look and see if they can discern the problem.
I recently bought a slide guitar and was very near to buying one of the Mustang amps. I ended up buying a Tranor, because I ran into a very good deal on one. The software that comes with the Mustang’s is well reviewed as mini sound studio software.
Thanks and take care, RonDecember 31, 2016 at 2:32 am #5196
You should find enough information if you google for “audacity install windows”.
UdoDecember 31, 2016 at 6:56 am #5197
Hi Udo: I have reached an age where many things are slowing down. That includes the region that lies between my ears. I mentioned to my wife that I was befuddled with downloading Audacity. Her reply was, ” Oh, I use Audacity all of the time.” She is a professor of linguistics and uses Audacity to record students. Anyway, we got it downloaded and I spent a couple of hours last night exploring it’s many nuances.
Be well, RonOctober 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm #10984HenkParticipant
How can we use your notations, i mean take it apart to use to make ore create licks ore song 🤔
HenkOctober 25, 2017 at 10:49 pm #10990
You can use the PowerPoint as a template for your tabs. Every symbol can be copied and pasted to a blank page. So you could for example notate the lick of the week using these symbols.
The arrows and digits are arranged in a bounding box that has the same size for every symbol. So you can align them using the tools offered by PowerPoint.
I will upload an example soon (lick #1).
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