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Harmonica Lessons: Tongue Block Bends

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This is a subject that really does,
that really is important,
even though I don't
use them most of the time when
I'm playing single notes.
I'm gonna show you how to do tongue
block bends, because I do use them
sometimes when I'm playing octaves or
other tongue blocked intervals.
The idea of tongue blocking
to get single notes,
I dealt with in the very
beginning of beginners.
And now, I'm gonna show you how you
can bend while tongue blocking.
If you block off the second and
third holes.
You can bend out of the left side of
your mouth.
Very similar idea to bending
with a pucker.
The resonant size of the inside
of your mouth is the same,
even though you achieve
it in a different way.
But with the tongue is.
Is on the front of the harmonica,
part of it is, and part of it is
kind of on your bottom teeth.
And there's still the same amount
of air in there to create this
resonance to bend the D down to a D flat.
And this is the traditional,
older style way that
the Chicago blues players,
not all of them, but most of them,
bent notes and played.
So, you can bend the first hole,
second hole,
third hole.
All of these different bends,
they're the same notes, but
just a different technique.
And, at this point,
you can also bend out of
the right side of your mouth.
The tongue block single note bending gives
you the ability to bend out
of either side of your mouth,
so you can keep a chordal position, and
pick your notes that you wanna bend.
It's pretty interesting.
And, the fifth hole of course,
doesn't bend.
The sixth hole,
I just want to show you that I can do it,
even though I never do.
You can switch with your tongue and
bend out of one side and
then the other side.
And, your mouth stays on the same place.
So, there's a lot of advantages to this.
And later,
I'll show you where I can tongue block,
I can bend out of one side, and
let the other note ring, and
create different intervals by
not bending out of both sides.
It creates more options for
tongue block playing in a more advanced
way, which I'll show you later.
And then, of course,
you can also do tongue block blow bends.
Believe it or not,
that's the fist time I've ever done that.
No practicing, so if I can do
it having never tried it before,
I'm sure you can do it if you work on it.
So, I just wanted to let you know that
you can bend all these notes, draw and
blow, with tongue blocking
as well as with the pucker.