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  • in reply to: Greetings from Germany #12083
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Hi Tony, you got a couple of responses to your audio, from Henk and me, Hank.

    in reply to: Hole 2 draw #12079
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Tony, I gotta second all that Henk Had to say, good comments and advise. Yes, play everything very slowly and deliberately, don’t rush. Try to play in time, in fact use a metronome to help you to do just that – play in time. I also must say that your single note playing, and the playing in the upper octave is really good for a beginner.

    Some observations and comments: As you can see, posting an audio is very helpful when trying to communicate about a problem; thanks for posting the audio file. I can hear the problem on hole 2 draw, especially. This is always about embouchure and restricted airway. You have to learn to breath gently through the harp and not suck and blow; must have an open throat. Most everyone has this same problem in the beginning, and at some point you don’t have it any more. Your 2 hole draw sounds a lot better than mine did when I first started. So be of good cheer and be patient.

    Suggestions:
    Try alternating 2 draw and 3 blow; these are the same notes and you should aim to make them sound the same.
    Try alternating chords with the 2 draw and 3 blow, i.e. 123 draw-2 draw, 123 draw-3blow, or something like that; I included an audio file, see the soundcloud link below.
    Take a listen to the Tomlin Leckie video I mentioned previously: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTzyM-mq7Qc&t=2s. Good insights on this video.

    I am attaching an audio exercise you might find useful and fun. The point of the exercise is, mainly to get to the point where you cannot differentiate between the 2 hole draw and 3 hole blow. https://soundcloud.com/user-377157897-14293636/hole2_chugexer.

    Hank

    in reply to: Hole 2 draw #12076
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Anthony,

    I lost my internet connection late last night (Saturday), and just now got it back (late on Sunday). Will listen to your recording tomorrow and give you some feedback.

    Hank

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by Hank Hamilton Hank Hamilton.
    in reply to: Greetings from Germany #12071
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Ok, Tony, Enjoy journey.

    In the meantime here are a couple of Youtube links you can check out regarding hole 2:

    This is Tomlin Leckie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTzyM-mq7Qc&t=2s

    This is (not sure who, good though): https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=aQ5ELGrbrgY

    Regards,

    Hank

    in reply to: 2 draw 'slow' #12070
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Hello again Danny,

    Even Mitch had to be a beginner, huh? So it’s a little uncomfortable at first, and I am not an advanced player, maybe advanced beginner at best; but I have been a beginner, you bet.

    If you have an iphone, ipad, or mac computer, I can be of some assistance regarding recording yourself. That is the first step, getting a recording of your playing. I amy be able to help if you have a pc or android device, not sure. But I’m sure there are others using these devices who could help.

    Here a couple of Youtube links regarding 2-hole draw problems, take a watch/listen.

    This is (not sure, but good): https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=aQ5ELGrbrgY

    This is Tomlin Leckie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTzyM-mq7Qc&t=2s

    Regards,

    Hank

    in reply to: 2 draw 'slow' #12062
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Hello Danny,

    I just noticed your post. I would second what Udo suggested early on. Record yourself and post the recording in the audio forum. Then everyone can hear exactly what you are trying to say in words, and then you can get some informed feedback. There was a similar post from a new member who, it seems is having the same sort of troubles with the 2 and the 1 holes. Try articulating the “ahh” sound as you inhale, this opens up the throat as when the doctor tells you to say ahh. Again, record your playing and post it to the forum.

    Just a guess on my part, but it sounds like you are drawing too hard, and the airway is restricted; you will always get a bent 2 draw if the airway is restricted and if too much air is drawn in. Post your problem so we can hear it.

    You might also do a youtube search on the topic; try tomlin leckie, liam ward, for example; lots of good info on these sites.

    Hank

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by Hank Hamilton Hank Hamilton.
    in reply to: Improvising country style chug #12061
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Thank you Henk, for posting this. I am drawn to this type of playing, love the playing of Sonny Terry. I can almost hear him whooping and hollering as you chugged your way through this. Solid groove throughout, very important, huh? I liked that you varied what you played, kept changing it up, kept it interesting. If I tried a chug like this I would run out of ideas quickly.

    Hank

    in reply to: Greetings from Germany #12059
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Welcome Tony from Germany,
    Yes, as Ian says, holes 1 and 2 can be a problem, especially at the beginning. Too often the harmonica is blamed and the real problem is that one must learn to “breath through the harmonica and not forcefully draw and blow through it. I remember having trouble with those holes early on; and also with the high notes of the harp. it’s about having an open throat; say “Ahhh” as you breath through the harp. Here is a link to a Liam Ward video in which he gives some good advice. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qld7XBdsRyU

    I would bet that the problem is about breath control more than anything. But we would need to hear what it is that you are doing, what it sounds like. So here is a suggestion for you. Mitch put up a new Audio forum site about a month ago and it was done for just this purpose; to allow members to record and post examples of their playing and get valuable feedback from members and from Mitch himself.

    So. record what holes 1 and 2 sound like and upload it onto the audio forum for some quick advise.

    Hank Hamilton

    in reply to: Improvising with Chug #2 #12025
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Udo,

    Thank you for your reply. I also just copy the link shown after I upload my recording and then paste it into my LoW post.

    I will look closely at the copied link and compare it with those others have posted. Also I will take your suggestion and ask Mitch for his thoughts on the subject.

    Thanks again, it is much appreciated.

    Hank

    in reply to: Hello from eEl Cajon,CA #12022
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Hey Bill, I posted something for you about doing the lick of the week as an ear training exercise. Lick of the week #53 is fairly easy and a good one to start on although it does have one bent note in it. Give it a go. I am glad to assist if you don’t know how to record and upload the recording onto the Lick of the Week page. You will learn a lot by doing these exercises. There are a bunch of easier ones that I can show you. Let me know if you are interested.

    Hank Hamilton

    in reply to: Hello from eEl Cajon,CA #12021
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Hey Bill, One more idea for you:

    The Lick of the Week is a super way to train your ear. This week is Lick of the Week #53 and it is one of the easier ones. Take a listen and see if you can figure it out; it has only a single 2 hole bend, the rest are unbent notes. Give it a go. Be sure to make use of the slow down feature to help you to hear the notes better. Again don’t hesitate to ask for help.

    If you want I can show you some of the others that are easier.

    Hank

    in reply to: Hello from Hohner-land #12020
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Danny, I have Lee Oskar and Special 20 harps, but find that I play mainly the Lee Oskars. Don’t throw your old one away because at some point you can use it to learn how to work on harmonicas. Check into Mitch’s ToolShed where he shows how to disassemble and tune reeds.

    Also, at some point try out an key of A harp, the lower sound is great for chugging.

    FYI: I just posted a recording in the new Audio forum. Take a listen and give some feedback if you are so inclined

    Hank

    in reply to: Hello from eEl Cajon,CA #12019
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Hello again Bill,

    I just recorded an improv exercise into the new Audio Forum, check it out. I am doing this mainly to encourage others to do likewise.

    Hank

    in reply to: Improvising with Chug #2 #12018
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    This is so frustrating. I don’t want this picture as part of my post but I don’t know how to get rid of it.
    Can anyone help with this?

    Hank Hamilton

    in reply to: Hello from eEl Cajon,CA #12014
    Hank Hamilton
    Hank Hamilton
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    Bill, I am home after our 1 month trip from California to Pennsylvania and back; great trip and so happy to be home again.
    About bending frustrations; same thing over and over – learning to bend notes can take a long time, longer for some than for others. You just have to stick with it and keep trying despite the sense of not making any progress.
    You say you want help; here is what I suggest: make a recording of your attempts at bending. For example, record yourself playing the bending exercises in Steps 5 and 6. If I or someone else in Mitch’s Course can hear what you can do now, some helpful tips may be provided. So record your bending attemps and post the recording in the new Audio forum Mitch started a month ago. I just looked and no one has posted anything in it as yet, so you could be the first.

    If you need some help with recording let me know. I have attached a file with contact info if you want to do so.

    Hnak

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