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My overblow ephiphany

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Elk River
Mar 08, 2009 9:10 PM GMT

I had something of an ephiphany yesterday. I've been playing since I was five, so I'm not really a newbie to the instrument, but I spent most of those years isolated from anybody who actually played it.

So, the overblow is pretty new to me. I'd never even heard of it until a couple of years ago. Jason Ricci took the mystique out of it for me and taught me how to do it, but I've never been big on it. Any situation where I'd use it would usually find me playing a chromatic anyway.

So, my cousin Roger and I were writing this song last night, it's in C, but it goes in a lot of weird places, diminished chords, etc. I was playing the chromatic and there was a mood change part that I'd thought after about a half hour of working on it, I'd play on the diatonic on one part of it, then back to chromatic. So during the song, I switched to this prewar F Old Standby.

The way the song goes, it goes to a G# held about four beats. Easy enough on the chromatic, but I didn't really think about it when I switched to diatonic mid-song. When it came time to do the G#, I overblew the 4. I didn't mean to do it and didn't even realize I had done it until after I'd done it.

That's the first time I've ever automatically overblown.


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Mar 08, 2009 11:04 PM GMT
Zack P Replied:

Funny thing, I just figured them out.


Mar 09, 2009 2:14 AM GMT
spud Replied:

I played a little squeak of one by accident during a gig last Sat. night. I hit 4 blow with a bigger embouchoure, I think. It started to overblow, but was easily cut off. Just a little squeak. I can overblow, but I never do while playing for real. My harps are not really set up for it.


Mar 09, 2009 2:43 AM GMT
BlueMoose Replied:

Ain't it cool when the instrument just disappears and you go where you think.

moose.


Mar 09, 2009 11:13 AM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Yeah Dave! and totally Blue moose!


Mar 09, 2009 6:11 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

Jason, it was all vicariously you, man. I should have called you right then, but I had to switch back to the chromatic and finish the song.


Mar 09, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
Steve B Replied:

The only time I can intentionally use them is on the heads of jazz/blues songs when I know their commin'. I still get anxious and sometimes fumble a bit. I used one on my lead in watermellon man last Sat and didn't think about it untill after - when I realized I'd used it. I guess, for me the key is don't think about it and it will happen.


Mar 09, 2009 10:16 PM GMT
Brown Ale Guy Replied:

That's sweet stuff Elk River. I find the 7 Overdraw on occasion about the same way. It doesn't seem to want to happen if I try too hard, but if I'm playin' with something and need it (and I have an adjustedharp), it will soemtimes show up just like it is supposed to do.



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