It is interesting the different ideas on when or if moving our jaw is okay when we play.
The kee and koo method is widley taught, sometimes we see it referred to a a g sound or humping up ones tongue to get the sound. Nice for clear notes right on the money, and gets us away from scooping the note or a downward slurr every time we want to bend down (or up) Harmonica players often play many single notes so kind of walking the line between playing to staccato or choppy or a nice even smooth sound.
The 'jaw drop' was one of the first ways I was taught, but mostly to at least get the sound or note that I'm trying for then learn other ways to get that same sound. So a song with a lot of bends and what not using just the jaw drop would be kind of like eating an ear of corn...the faster the notes the less practical to try and move the jaw so much..but still one of several ways to get a note.
However you will see some great players who move there jaw side to side to get lightning fast notes...Buddy Greene..come to mind.
first few times I tried it my jaw was stiff and swear it made popping sounds. I took that as a clue to make sure I do move my jaw and keep things loose. i try to remember to use that method from time to time..Celtic tunes come to mind for that or in buddy Greens case the William Tell Overture..light years beyound my abilities.
Interestingly Charlie McCoy spends almost no time on teaching bends..he is ultra simple in his presetation. You draw a little harder or lighter for your notes.
nothing about tongue positioning , jaw dropping or anything along those lines.
I think he plays much like we speak.. we don't often know the various position of our tongue when we speak..we just do it. I think that is how it works for him and some others.
I'll put my disclaimer in as I might be wrong about this that or the other thing...
Good luck..rhythm and timing we get you going and having some fun...
yup he died young that's for sure.
Also he played chromatic but I don't know which songs.
Somebody was asking me the other day if I remembered the name of the fellow who played a big harmonica ,(maybe as a regular but probably a guest) on the Lawrence Welk show
I drew a blank but was thinking she might be referring to one of the harmonicats..
I think they are elsewhere ,there did seem to be a blues guy here but I think he took all his marbles and went home.
I was just listening to Juke what a nice song. It's a long solo piece..you know people spend years learning songs at that level.
I recognized the name but couldn't really recall the song, Soon as it started I recognized it as a blues standard lots of blues people know,
but outside of that people would say what a nice player but kind of forget the song. I started to play along with it, but was pretty cooked before very long..
..in the meantime..
Think I'm going to get a nice version of Orange Blossom Special going..people love it and I've always wanted to play it...mostly I tend to lose my place ..need to firm that up..and the hand swap....
Hi There I noticed the chocking part that you mentioned...
I'm thinking it's when we draw to hard or try to hard..these days I would have a hard time to personaly feel like I'm chocking...but I do chocke many a note and have to remember to relax.
For the most part the notes on our harps are more than willing to play..in the early days I thought bending a note or changing the pitch or tone was like load a bunch of bricks in a wheel barrow and hauling it off somewhere.
instead it's a light touch..like a when you sigh for example, a large amount of air flows relatively easily and unrestricted.
Glad you're workin on the single notes..You can hit the same note flat or pretty..that could be why a note sounds "off"
I had to learn what some notes actually sound like.
Often you see folks going for the A note on a C harp..I had to learn what that note sounded like..I figure others might have done the same.
Several notes at the same time
comes in mighty handy and you hear it quite often esp on the lower end for our chords, so nice rhythms if you can alternate between.. chords.. single note... chord.. single note... single note... chord
and any other versions you can dream up...great practice and you get to create your own song /rhythms from the get go
Playin a note..kind of the difference between if we lightly blow on a candle just enough to make it waver
"Poof" we blow the candle out..(which you might want to do for a dramatic ending perhaps)
You' can find lots of soft pallet discussions on various websites...I think there are many or at least several ways..just like there are many ways we can speak a sentence..all depends how you want it to sound..
Good luck with all
curious..what is the Camelot category ?
I understand the key of the song and the beats per minute but I'm not familiar with the Camelot.
some times you might see a 9 Camelot or a 12 Camelot.
i barley have a grasp of the circle of 5ths but unfamiliar with a Camelot system.
Hi There, sounds like you're got a good handful of songs to get started with.
Just curious if you already play piano/read sheet music for it ?
I see you're heading for computer science so thinking you have a program to change the sheet music into tabs or are you doing it all by hand ?
Not to worry about 'the bends" to much that will come in time,
If you can keep the rhythm and beat, that will get you going and having some good fun while you learn some of the more advanced stuff
...have some fun...
Nice on that Sarge..smooth on the hand transfer.... I seem to always stumble on that.
I found this tutorial for Juke. I've seen some of his other stuff but I'm not a subscriber of his or anything.
Fellow is British I think.
first 12 bars...
Very nice indeed !!
Nice video great footage (esp liked the Marx brothers on piano).
Hot tune I was completely unaware of Roly Platt. .I'll be looking up more of his stuff.
I think his equipment is pretty straight forward...but he's just flat out good.
great to hear a harmonica player with a good voice..enjoyed it quite a bit !
I'm coming up with an average age of about 71.
I think we have the "youth" problem licked.....I say we head for the "older en dirt" category..an take em by storm...
Yes... nice to see some new tunes, the month is still young..ish for more.
Love to listen to the clarinet in some of those recordings..
I did go back and changed out our video for the... smilin version...
I think most people wouldn't notice the difference, but we were both more relaxed and my notes were a bit cleaner so to speak.
i think we do a tune from the Ink Spots.."Java Jive" if i'm not mistaken..
then I have to ask my self..can I play Jive..what is "jive style stuff like that..
have to keep the ol brain workin like you say (paraphrased a bit perhaps)