New harp player here, been playing for about 2 months. Used to play sax middle school through high school… but that was a very long time ago.
Anyway, I’m taking JP’s video lessons and have a good book (Rock 'n Blues Harmonica by Jon Gindick). I just did the bending lessons in JP’s series today, and I’m bending -1 and -2 well, and fairly OK on -3 and -4 (-4 can sound like a sick goose sometimes and I can only get a one step bend on -3, to Bb so far). I guess that’s not terrible for day 1. I’m using an electronic tuner to find if and how I’m bending the note. Most often on the 2 draw, I bend down to F and back up easily… I still find it hard to nail the F# cleanly. However sometimes I go even farther and my tuner tells me I’ve bent down another semi-tone to an E. JP describes bending as sounding the blow and the draw reeds at the same time. Since the 2 blow is an E, am I actually freezing the draw reed and only sounding the blow? Every harp note chart I’ve seen says you can only bend the 2 draw 2 semitones (from G down to F# to F on a C harp). I can only do it my Special 20, not my Blues Harp MS, nor can I reproduce it reliably. Sometimes I get a high-pitched “feedback” type tone after hitting the E.
Is this what they call “overdrawing”? ???