Tagged: Draw Bends
February 23, 2017 at 10:31 pm #10018AnonymousInactive
So, when it comes to draw bending notes I think I’m getting it on the 1234 and 6 holes but the differentiation in semitones on the 2 and 3 holes is hard to distinguish. Does that just mean I need to practice more or is there some little trick I’m missing?
TomFebruary 25, 2017 at 11:26 am #10025Mitch GraingerKeymaster
It’s definitely a practice thing, as you get more familiar with the instrument you’ll start to hear the difference between the notes. In the meantime some students find this tool (bendometer) helpful. As you play it points to the note see here: http://www.harpsoft.com/ … just don’t get addicted to using it! As you DO want your ears to be able to tell you, but it’s a cool tool to help get you started..
MgFebruary 25, 2017 at 11:14 pm #10029AnonymousInactive
I wish they had a Bendometer in the Apple App Store. I only have mobile devices (iPhone and iPad). There is an App there by “Joel” but it has not been updated in 3 1/2 years and I read somewhere there seems to be a lot of issues with it. The one you recommend does look pretty slick and probably would help me with my nonmusical ear. Any other Apple Store suggestions?
Meanwhile I’ll keep practicing.
TomFebruary 25, 2017 at 11:43 pm #10030
Joel is the developer of harpsoft’s bendometer app. Perhaps you drop him a note and ask why he doesn’t update the iOS app anymore.
He was very helpful when I had issues with the Android version, fixed them, and released a new app version.
UdoFebruary 26, 2017 at 12:05 am #10031AnonymousInactive
Thanks Udo! Any contact info for Joel?February 26, 2017 at 12:09 am #10032March 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm #10116
I can get all 3 semitone bends on the 3-hole, and the first semitone (F#) on the 2-hole, but no matter what I do, I can’t seem to bend low enough to get the double semitone on the 2-hole (F). I use “tuning fork” icon on Garage Band and it shows the lowest I can go is about (F +40 cents), and it is a mighty effort–not relaxed as one should be. When I use the tuning fork while playing the Jam Trax, Mitch’s F is right on the mark or maybe even a few cents flat. Any tips to nail the 2-hole double semitone?
Attachments:You must be logged in to view attached files.March 12, 2017 at 11:44 pm #10118
For me it’s all about tonuge position. While I play, I move the tip of the tongue up or down the lower incisors. The throat position follows the tongue position (at least for me) so I can hit the draw and blow bends on spot – after lot of practice.
Sometimes I drop my lower jaw fast while playing to get the needed undercurrent.
UdoMarch 14, 2017 at 5:32 pm #10126
Thank you, Udo! Your tips got me about 10 cents flatter. Now I just need to work on the “lots of practice” tip in your note.March 14, 2017 at 11:25 pm #10127
For me Lee Oskar’s harps are easier to bend than Hohner’s. So perhaps you check out another brand as well.March 14, 2017 at 11:48 pm #10128
Thanks. I have a Lee Oskar now, but maybe will try another brand.April 10, 2017 at 6:35 pm #10186Curry BlackwellMember
It’s the first 3 hole semi tone that is kicking my tail…..I know it’s typically the hardest, but man…..
I have enough “ugly hours” practice on that note to last a while. When I do seem to hit it, I can’t reproduce
it when jumping from hole to hole……more practice and “tongue training”
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