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First overblows!!!

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Zack P
Mar 10, 2009 2:41 AM GMT

Check this out:

I wish that first overblow wasn't so bad, now people are gonna think I suck (yes, I make myself guilty!!!). But, the rest are cool on the pre-war. What ya think? Do I at least GET IT? hahaha.

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Jan 10, 2010 10:34 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Sounds pretty good, man! I remember like "soul searching" about when and if I was first ready to incorporate overblows live. It was like a big personal milestone the first time I did haha It's cool you experienced that and had it taped to share with this community of harp players. This is a cool song, too. Are you playing a minor scale in cross or 3rd? What am I hearing here, harp theory-wise??? Thanks again for posting.

Jan 10, 2010 8:00 PM GMT
HTrain Replied:

Hey very cool Zack - it's there and just needs more practice and confidence. Man you sure come a long way since I first listened to you!! Way to go!!!

Jan 17, 2010 5:45 PM GMT
Peter H Replied:

Zach, I would not worry about it at all.

Jan 17, 2010 7:31 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Zack since i dont know an overblow when I hear one, I will give you all the respect for keeping on track.

Im still having a hard time getting back into practicing, and im not getting any younger. Im hoping as time goes on I will be able to "get it". I think you doing great. And to let us ok, let me put this in a better way. And to let the experts hear you when you have your own doubt is a great achievement. My hat goes off to you my friend. Good luck and have fun on the wonderful journey.


Jan 19, 2010 5:01 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:


did you find the 4-hole overblow came easiest at first? I could get 4, then 6, then 5 only on certain harps. Now after about a year of working on it, I can get 1 thru 6 overblows and 7 overdraw and almost all harps and 8 and 9 overdraw on lower harps. It's pretty cool when it starts coming together. Keep practicing, buddy.

Jan 19, 2010 5:02 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

Also... what is your take on overblow-bends?! That stuff's though. I konw your Howard Levy's rely on it in Jazz Harp to turn the standard diatonic into a chromatic instrument. Let me know if you have any tips and overblow-bends and overdraw-bends.

Jan 27, 2010 9:39 PM GMT
Boris Plotnikov Replied:


Congratulation for first overblows, squeeking may be not yours problem, it can be the problem of particular reed adjusting. It only seems that overblows are too hard to master. Good bending control on 3rd hole on high harps like Eb, E or F much harder for me, than any overblow. If you're interesting in my meaning, you plays good, but I recommend you trying to articulate more, try to mind your notes as piano keys. Wailing (bending up and down one note) is great effect but have to be added like a pepper to a meat. I gets tired of these wailsa bit. Anyway you rocks.


You have to get a good tuned harp. For bending overblow/overdraw up you have to move you tongue closer to your upper teeth while adding breath force a little.

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