The harmonica is a beautiful little instrument but It will fight tooth and nail(maybe tongue too) unless it's blown and drawn right. It takes intense concentration to get a clean note unless you're an expert. The embouchure must be perfect; if it's off by even a millimeter, you wind up overlapping holes and getting a chord.
Liam says to go slow which is good advice. You have to be really good with the lips to go fast.
The bluesy sounds are so cool that I am willing to put up with the not so nice noise I often get. I really like the dirty stuff such as the 14 and the 25(tongue blocks).
I have been playing(or playing on) the harp since COVID hit. It's a real challenge but worth it. Paul Butterfield is a favorite-wish I could do just one of his riffs.
But like Liam said in one of his videos: the short answer to how to get good is "lots of practice". In small 'chunks' even if only a few notes at a time. Can't be afraid to fail. Repeat hundreds and thousands of times. Be very patient. Enjoy the ride!
- Harper-About-TownWatch out! This harper's been around a good while and showing us the way it's done.
- Fresh HarperNew to town, this harper is fresh-faced and raring to go!
- Rising HarperSettled in and making some sweet sounds already, this harp cat is going strong!