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Reed Triller
Jul 26, 2009 1:55 AM GMT

Please,oh please make sure of whether you are on mirror mode or not.

I was watching a lesson video on which was actually a very informative video but the more I watched it, the more I kept thinking"Somethin` ain`t right".

Then it hit me - The higher notes don`t come from that side of the harp!

He either has the harp upside down(which I strongly doubt unless he was drunk out of his gourd) or he had the mirror mode on/mirror mode off switch clicked wrong.

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Jul 30, 2009 1:14 AM GMT
eric h Replied:

why not watch it thru a mirror?

Jul 30, 2009 5:22 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:


Some,especially very new people,may not realize what they are watching is backwards and that could really screw things up in some cases.Like with repair videos.

Jul 30, 2009 12:51 PM GMT
FatJim Replied:

I know nothing about webcams, so you're probably right. I just wanted to say theat playing upside down is not as bizarre and uncommon as your post seems to imply. Sonny Terry and Paul Butterfield both played that way and probably a whole bunch of others.

Feb 07, 2010 4:07 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Just happened to see this old post.Obviously it was made when I was still new to the harp. I have since learned that many play with the harp upside down

But since then I also have still seen people not using mirror mode properly according to certain cues given during their turorials,lol.

Feb 07, 2010 8:40 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

Well, seeing players play kinda upside down and backwards is nothing new at all. Like Sonny Terry and Paul Butterfield, another guy in the mix playingthat was was William Clarke and the main reason for each of them playing that way was because they were largely self taught (tho Clarke got a ton of pointers and then some from George Smith), and one even bigger reason and that's each of them were all left handed.

Ot's not to dissimilar to a couple of left handed guitar players who played right handed guitars that were never restrung for a lefty and the two most famous in the blues scene are Otis Rush and Albert King.

Feb 07, 2010 10:41 PM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

It`s not new to me anymore either.My original post was made 7 months ago when I was just starting :)

I am left handed,myself.

Mar 20, 2010 7:04 AM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Hey Big Daddy, How is your playing coming along? I am guessing that you don't play the harp upside down because you seem to be very into doing things correctly. I hope you are making good progress with your playing. I enjoy your posts very much as they are mostly very interesting. If you ever have time on a Tuesday evening I have an open mic Blues jam in Modesto. (I am assuming you play Blues). I know there are lots of jams up near you as I have been to some of them but hey, I got to plug my own stuff right? I help newer harp players at my jam if they want it. I don't know of any other jams that help harp players get better except mine. Anyway, looking forward to running into you some time. I have met other players from HS and it is very cool.

keep it in your mouth

Apr 04, 2010 8:19 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

You don't have to be out of your gourd to hold the harp numbers down. Sonny Terry did it!

Apr 04, 2010 8:21 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied: FatJim pointed out. Didn't see you had mentioned it before I flew off the handle and posted the same point. Good call, sir.

Jun 28, 2010 2:54 PM GMT
Dan Ridgeway Replied:

Were you watching one of my videos? I play number side down.

Jun 29, 2010 4:01 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

Wow,this thread keeps getting revived,lol.This was initiated when I was new to harmonica and did not realize some played upside down.I forget whose videos this was about.

Jul 17, 2011 8:56 PM GMT
DUKEofWAIL Replied:

on the other hand... some students view the left-right orientation best that way

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