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Harmonica Lessons: Bend and Unbend Vibrato

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[MUSIC]
So I have a lot of people ask me about
my vibrato, which I don't really
think about it much consciously.
But I've had to answer questions.
So I'll tell you how I do it.
I just showed you the throat tremolo for
playing blues.
But you can also do different
kinds of vibrato on the harmonica.
And I'm not talking about
any of the hand stuff.
I'm not, [SOUND] I'm talking about
what I call bend and unbend vibrato.
And it consists of,
if I don't wanna do that deep sound there.
[SOUND] Or if I'm bending it out, [SOUND]
and I wanna give it a little expression,
what I'll do is I'll bend a little bit and
let the bend back up.
[MUSIC]
Sorta like going [SOUND].
[MUSIC]
But the pitch is dropping a little bit.
[MUSIC]
And even on the blow, even though the blow
notes don't bend,
if you push them a little,
[SOUND] they bend down a little bit.
They can't go very far.
So that way you can get
expression on notes.
[MUSIC]
And sometimes
you might not want that.
[MUSIC]
The full fledged, full throttle,
throat tremolo little thing if you're
playing a pretty country tune or
a jazz ballad or
just a sweet little melody.
This might be better.
[SOUND] Then you can
combine it with the hand.
[SOUND] That's the thing
about the harmonica.
It's like a multiple effects
thing that's going on.
You can buy all these effects boxes,
and they have chorus and flange and
all these different things.
We got all that with our hand,
and our throat, and our mouth.
[MUSIC]
That's
a really
pretty sound.
[MUSIC]
You have to do different
things to get the sound and
I don't usually think
consciously about it.
Right now I am trying to.
But you can hear that I can give
expression to any note on the harmonica,
whether it's bent or unbent, and for
example, if I bend the first hole draw.
[MUSIC]
If I want to I can go.
[MUSIC]
I'm bending it down and
letting it up a little bit.
[MUSIC]
Playing
almost a chromatic
scale just as few
notes missing.
[MUSIC]
So that's what
I call the bend and
unbend vibrato.
[MUSIC]