OK guys, being a straight harp player, and a rookie at that can some one explane the differance between a Overblow and a Blowbend?
Some sound samples would really help if anyone knows where there are any.
I think they're done in a very similar manner. Just with different results.
With an overblow (1-6, as seamus informed me last thursday) the note will be higher, and it'll 'jump' higher. No bending.
A blow bend (7(or)8-10) should go down a note, and bend it's way there in the process.
Correct me if i'm wrong here fellas.
Good luck with 'em though. I had to modify my harp (Bushman DF key of A) to get it to do some overblows. tightened the gaps on a few reeds and such. Though I remember Ty saying he could do 'em with a Bushman with no modifications at all. S'rather odd sensation, and I find best achieved by trying to blow air from the inside of the top of your lip. Only way I can describe it.
As I understand it they are the same, overblows and overbends. they are raising the pitch of the note. A paste of the beginning of the description:
Overbends: Overblows and Overdraws
A so-called overbend is a type of bend where the pitch that results is higher in pitch than the natural note of either reed in the hole, rather than lowering the pitch as with ordinary bends. This is because the overbend technique actually causes the normally-sounding reed to choke while you're playing so it doesn't sound, and causes the other reed in the chamber to sound as an opening note instead.
Bends, both blow and draw always are lower pitch than the normal blow/draw. Overbends/ blows and draws always are higher pitched than the normal blow/draw. In fact it is the highest pitch you will get with that hole.
Overblows are available on holes 1,4,5,and 6. Overdraws are available on holes 7,9, and 10. If you can get all these, you can play chromatically. I can get overblows on out of the box Delta Frosts, Souls Voice, BluesHarp, and Big River. I find D the easiest harp to do it. Hole 1 is easy to get a quick note, but I cannot get one I can hold. Lower pitched harps like A and G are harder to overblow hole 4. As to wheather they are done in the same manner , not true for me. Holes 6 and 5 require a jaw tightening like you are hissing like an angry cat. Hole 4 requires a jaw tightening and really making the inside of your mouth as big as possible, lots of ressenamce. Hole 1 requires a quick blow of excess air in the mouth like a Whit (Wisper) through the whole which is why a sustained note is so hard.
I'm working on the overdraws with hole 7 being an occasional success.
I really really do appreciate everyones input on this. It has cleared everything up for me. Not that I'm ready to start doing overblows yet, heck I'm still learning to do bends right now. But I never knew the differance between the two. Now I know. Thank you.
Since you mentioned it , On Copperhead Stomp, I overblow 6,5, and 4. ALso on diatonic harp reference, there are overblow examples. But nice idea just the same. I'll try to put an example overblow and blow and blowbend on one of my CDs and not worry about a great song.
If it is a help and you want it, I have no problem with the link set up for it. I have never instructed anything on harp before, so it is what it is. Thanks for the interest. I will look to improve it as I hopefully get better at it.
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