I guess what I'm trying to get across in these threads is how did you get your first bend to translate over the different holes?
A: With constant ongoing reading/listening/knowledge and (JF’s favorite word:) practice until you get it!
was it easy for you?
A: Oh hell no! If it was easy, everybody’d be doing it! Meaning, even JP himself admits it’s a constant learning process and he’s been at it a long time too!
did you use the same technique?
You only find that once you learn and find out which ‘techniques’ you’re going to use for a particular piece on a particular harp. Meaning Jon Gindick, Adam Gussow, and others talk about using a mixture of lip blocking and tongue blocking for playing and bending at different times for different sounds, tones, etc.
did you have to alter something?
Yes, always! From embouchures to air pressures to ‘attacks’ to everything - Change and alterations is always the constant here! Not to mention altering my harps inside with gapping/offsetting reeds as well so they could/would respond to my playing them. The amazing journey through the harmoncia universe continues…
Those kind of questions are what I'm more focused on answering than just bending in general.
I fully understand where you’re coming from. Whether it be Howard Levy, JP Allen, me, Ashish, JF, Whiskat, David T and everybody else on this fine forum and the world over on and on - Well we all have the very same thing in common: We all started harmonica from the very beginning!!
Where we go from there - Well that’s the wonder and beauty of the diversity and richness of the harmonica universe itself!
For just myself, and since I like to keep a record and track of to give credit where credit is due - I learned my bending from first Norton Buffalo; then a little more from JP Allen; some more from David Harp; the aforementioned Adam Gussow; David McKelvy; a guy named Marcos; and finally the one I credit with putting all the pieces together and over the top for me is: Jon Gindick!
My Special Kudos for Doc Jon, but me too! If I hadn’t gone back and given him another looksee from the time I passed him over, I’d have never found out how good he really is. He’s an amazing teacher for me, and no doubt plenty of others.
Yet does that mean though I could/should have skipped a few others in learning bending and gone directly to him? Hell, I’ll never know. I originally ‘rejected’ Mr Jon G; yet in my keeping an open mind about everything, well, my spirit guided me back to him. He came at the right time; at the right place! And my journey’s my journey!
Dude, I know exactly where you’re coming from! I really do! And quite frankly so do all the regulars here know as well! We’re all in this together in our own ways, in our own time.
But after your admitted just two weeks of blowing and drawing on a harp, you’re saying to yourself if you don’t have bending and overblowing down by week three - Well, um, quite frankly and honestly I don’t know what to tell you! Truly I don’t!
Me, I’ve been a frustrated harmonica player for more than 20+ years. Only in the recent past 8 months have I finally (and gratefully) been a fulltime student of it now.
I’m at where I’m at. However, if you’re where I’m at in 4 weeks; and where Howard Levy, Jason Ricci, Charlie Musslewhite, Brendon Powers and so many more living legends are in 8 weeks hence - Dude, please God sign me up with you! I really want to learn what you know!
Seriously, no bullshit aside and no dissrespect whatsoever - if none of the above happens here - Well, it’s okay too! As long as your desires are to stick with it, you’ll make it happen eventually. I’ll be happy for you! As Jon Gindick and countless others say: You gotta pay your dues, man!
Of course, if you decide this whole harmonica thing isn’t for you after all, and wish to cash in those chips - Hey, dude, I’ll still be happy for you! Why?! Because it’s all good. Really! And because that’s just the kind of guy I am. Really, really!
Hope this helps.
Keep us posted.
Keep on harpin’!
Peace, God Bless, Godspeed & SPD Out!