So I was going to introduce myself in the Introduction thread, but I figured I’d kill two birds with one stone, introduce myself here and ask the questions I can’t seem to find answers to online.
My name is Casey and I’ve only been playing harmonica for about a week. After some research I learned that beginners should start on a C note diatonic, so thats what I bought. I also learned that Hohner Big River or Special 20 were good harps for beginners. So I decided to go with the less expensive of the two for my first time playing a harmonica, being the Big River harp. I have gotten the hang of playing single notes and have learned a couple intros (With God on Our Side, Piano Man), and am currently working on sharpening my single notes and bending.
I guess my first question would be, is the Big River a decent beginners harmonica (i.e. is it going to last a while for a beginner)? Or should I buy one of better quality since I plan on playing much more?
Moving on…I have managed to bend the 1 pretty consistently, and can bend the 4,5, and 6 occasionally. I have been working to recognize the position of my mouth and tongue when I manage a bend, but I’m having difficulty getting clear notes out of the 2 and although I can blow and draw the 3 clearly, I can never get it to bend.
So second question, is it normal to have most difficulty with the 2 and 3 since they bend in multiple tones?
Furthermore, specifically with the 2, it almost always sounds fuzzy (like a foghorn). Why and how do I fix it?
I’m a bit impatient when it comes to learning how to do something, hence that fact that I’ve been playing everyday for a few hours and have learned to bend some notes within a week, but I feel like I might be slowing down as far as mastering my bends. I’m sure like anything else, its just practice and commitment so that doesnt worry me. But…
Does there come a point where a person plateaus and if so, any advice on how do you push past it?