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André DFeb 18, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
Any U-blocker here ? Have been told that is rare i thought it was quite common... I use that technic as far as i remember.
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Yeah, I mostly U-block. According to the biography "Blues with a feeling" Little Walter used this embouchure from time to time too so we're in good company!
Thank's for the tip i will listen to Little Walter more carfully !!!
I would add a strong recommendation to read "Blues with a feeling" at the same time.
TOTALLY different experience listening to Walter when you have the background details
at your finger tips.
I can U-block but I prefer playing with the pucker embouchure. I've always been able to make my tongue do funny things...
Oh, a few months back my wife wanted to try a little bit of harp for herself. After 2 frustrating days she gave up but concluded that she has to U-block to get single notes... that and she thinks it's a gross instrument with too much spit buildup. haha
Bluemoose, what does Little Walter play when he U-Blocks? This is very fascinating to me. I'm planning to order the book but could you fill my curiosity in for now? :)
As I recall, the book didn't go into that much detail about 'when' and 'what for'. It didn't even call it U-blocking, just said that sometimes he rolled his tongue to play notes. I'll try and skim through and post the exact quote later (I'm at work at the moment!)
Norton Buffalo is another u-blocker too.
I have never been physically able to roll my tongue. It makes me wonder how much our playing is influenced by the physiology of our mouths. Maybe some pucker or tongue block or whatever more due to genetics.
I thought for the longest time that the U-block was just a bastardized thing that I had invented just because it was easier sometimes--it just started happening in my playing, but I had never heard or read of it before. Now I see the term every now and then.
Sometimes it is a convenient way to tounge slap a rhthym with a note on both sides of the primary note--instead of the Kissing Fish Pucker technique--especially if I'm on the way to an octave split.
I wouldn't say I use it that much--it just kind of happens sometimes during rabid slapping sessions. . . ;)
Well sometimes music it's not about how, but now, right on the spot we discover technics and stuff that we use once in a while and withyears it becomes more common in our playing it's like learning a new languageand word's that we know growing after years. Anyways tank's for answering all of you.
That's pretty much all I have ever done!
I have played blues since the 1960's by using the pucker method - I didn't know there was another way to do it until recently. A couple years back I decided to take up playing straight harp - 1st position - and (I thought) learned to tongue block. After doing it for over a year I discovered by accident that I wasn't tongue blocking at all, I was U-blocking. Weird - I've since tried to do tongue blocking correctly, but discovered that I can't do it. For some reason, U-blocking just comes naturally to me.
when I got my frst harp I had to u-block to get clear single notes, then I got a LO and noticed that the holes were slightly larger and then I was able to pucker up...so to speak. since thenI have been using DFs mostly and one LO.
Well as i see U-block seem's not to be so popular be abble toroll the tongue seem's to be somewhat genetic some's feel it as a natural way to do other's are even not abble to do that. Well at the end i think what's important is to be abble to play what we want. U-block as advantages and pucker as some too.
I think Norton Buffallo uses this method.