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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 5:36 am 
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Dear players

It's some days that when I puff, hole 4th doesn't play any sound!! Is it mean it damaged or sth? How can I fix it? plz help me...


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2012 3:56 pm 
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Hello, Kamysoso.

Most of the problems with getting a sound from a certain hole on the harmonica are not the problem of the harmonica, but of the player.

You might need more practice on the harmonica. Be patient, and play your harmonica every day, for at least a half hour.

You might discover that the problem is solved, when you are more experienced, and when your harmonica playing muscles are more efficient.

Choose from the single note techniques of tongue blocking, lip blocking or U-blocking. Practice and master the easiest of the 3.

Try this test. If your hole 4 doesn't sound, play holes 3,4 and 5 together. If you hear hole 4 when played with holes 3 and 5, your playing technique needs practice to get a single note.

If that doesn't work, you might have an obstructed reed. Don't eat or drink before or during your harmonica playing. Food and drink can be deposited on the reed, making it tough to play. Or, hair, dust or other airborne particles may impeded the sound of the reed. Tale the covers off, and inspect the reeds. They must be clear on 3 sides, to move freely in the reed slots.

Best regards

John Broecker


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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 10:56 am 
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Hi Kamysoso,

Further to Johns' informative reply, If it's a new harp, perhaps the reed is a bit low down on the plate. If you get a jewellers screwdriver & gently push it up that will solve the problem. By the way, NEVER eat during a session with your harp, nobody wants to suck up half an old rusk while trying to be cool at the local pub jam :D .

You can of course drink as much beer as you like, in fact it's compulsory!

All the best, Gary.


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