April 13, 2019 at 3:40 am #12573
I’ve been learning for about six weeks now and I am just so annoyed. I had single notes down but my lips were getting dry every time so I googled that and figured out the harmonica isn’t deep enough. So I tried to fix that and can’t play single notes anymore. My whole jaw is tired after fifteen minutes which I understand is from excess tension but I play three holes at a time if I relax. I also am super out of breath after about five notes and I understand that’s not diaphragmatic breathing but apparently I never breathe from my diaphragm because this is super hard for me. I’m nearly ready to throw this thing away but I also still want to play it. How did/do you people get over the rough beginning stages without giving up or wanting to break something??April 14, 2019 at 1:52 am #12575
Please don’t throw the harmonica away…..
For starters we all have gone trough these frustrating periods while learning this beautiful instrument.
to be honest sometimes while learning new things i caught myself being frustrated also….
If you did not yet go through the step by step course of Mitch, i recommend you to do so.
Mitch explains from starters how to hold the harmonica and how to breath etc….
Take the time to learn new things, your body and brain need time to adapt…. putting a strange thing in your mouth and at the same time breathing without tension and so on, and so on, it is not a natural thing to do.
Take it one step at the time, put the harp in your mouth ( like Mitch explains very well ) without tension, if you feel tension try to relax if you feel you are relax start to breathe gently in and out the harp don’t worry yet on the single notes.
build op the practise time…. if you start to get frustrated or feel to much tension lay down the harp and go back to practise if you are not frustrated and tense.
make a habit of practise every day even if it’s only for 5 min.
Go to the next step when you feel all is going smooth and so on …… you soon going to feel lesser tension and practise time is going up ☺️
remember learning new things takes time patience and practise, learning how to ride a bicycle or a car also took time ☺️
i hope you are convinced to keep practising this wonderful instrument.
a fellow harp student Henk.
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