Overblow.com is also the home of the chord and scalefinder for all harmonicas and custom tunings.
Such a beautiful piece! I am a beginner and inspired by your playing. I was hoping to buy one myself but I can see they are no longer made and must be rather expensive assuming you can find one. What bass harps would you recommend for a beginner such as myself?
Same thing when i try to cover the blow slot with my finger and blow through the harp, no sound or overblow. Oh well i'll keep trying. I've only been playing a month or two so i might not be advanced enough yet. Trouble is i want to be able to get those chromatic notes like Eb in the low octave.
Thanks Tinus for the site.
Thanks for your great site! this is a very helpful place, thank you very much for sharing your knowledge.
Would you mind if I suggest you a different design for the scale-finder?
I'd like to suggest a scroll-less page for simpler use.
If you think this is a good idea I'd be glad to help (I'm a webdesigner).
Well point is ....I had zero clue you could modify your Harmonics and make playing the Blues somewhat easier!??
Now why these guys on these VHS tapes never mentioned it? Why I never asked anyone prior to finding some info maybe a Year or so ago I couldn't tell you. Well this may hopefully turn my retirement into a more Bluest one.
Hell I've even finally started to come around in my Guitar playing! You never know lmao! Finally a Rock Star at 65 or so...
Well anyway Thanks for all this valuable info folks.
Good to meet the Community
Larry "The Iceman" Eisenberg
Love the Joe Filisko interview, the guy is a legend to me! (We got an interview with him last year too, a bit of fun: http://www.harmonica.com/learn-a-cajun-song-filisko-6182.html )
Anyway, site bookmarked!! jp
I can't get a seydell session steel around here, so I wonder how do the Suzuki-MANJI
do out of the box for overblowing notes compared to the Seydell ?
2. Good reed setup. Practice playing the overblows very softly. That will make the transitions smoother.
3. Tong using the overblows is tricky but can be done. The seperation between the back and tip of the tongue takes some time to learn.
1 - do you have any tips or advise regarding the 1 hole overblow, cant make it happen so far :(
2- how do you make the transition from overblown note to a regular/ bent note and the opposite way so smooth and fast?
3 - can you double and triple tongue you know like ta da ka, didle while you overblow/draw?....I found out that once i try, moving the tip of my tongue makes the overblow disappear, does it mean overblows cant be played as fast as regular notes?
by the way, very nice video of The girl from Ipanema - i play along with it, good practice for overblowing :)
Thanks again for you time and comments,
The overblow can be played soft as a whisper, if you feel tension in your cheeks you are probably playing with too much force.
As for hole 4 and 5: practice. Find the right resonance and it will come. Maybe start with the blowreeds gapped really tight and then work your way to a more relaxed setup.
I've seen in some places said that the overblow is somewhat like the same throat position as a draw bend, which draw bend?
When i manage to produce an overblow it does not feel as it happens way deep down in the throat as a full 3 bend (step and a half) or the 2 bend (1 step)
It feels similar to a 6 or 4 draw bend, is that ok, or i am i doing it the wrong way? i also feel my cheeks are invloved in producing the right pressure.
also heard its like a blow bend, but i play blow bends using U block, and could not mange to produce an overblow using this method,
also, i cannot produce an overblow on the 4-5 holes, only when iam blocking the reed with my finger and then play, any suggestions on that?
I do manage to choke the reed separately , and i do manage to play the overblow (once the reed is choked/blocked) I just cant get them both to happen.
I just recently started learning overblowing, after trying a few methods,
I finally managed getting the right note ( i used to get a half tone higher then needed)
Iam now using lip blocking, I've seen some comments you made regarding overblowing with the tip of the tongue,
and iam afraid i might be doing that, so iam gonna explain you how i
get the overblow and maybe you could tell me if its ok.
I first choke the blowbend and then i apply more pressure, but the tip of my tongue is touching the bottom of my mouth,
or the back of my teeth, and the middle and back part of my tongue are kind of pushing uo towards the the roof of my mouth
I practice this method with an open Bb harmonica, I can then overblow 6 hole reasonably and even bend it up.
4-5 i can overblow but only with blocking the blowreed with my finger so far.
anyways,Iam sorry for the long comment, I just want to make sure iam doing it the right way before i continue practicing.
Thanks for you time,
Please take a moment to advise as to which key diatonic harmonica most lends itself to the traditional canon of jazz 'standards'--in the tradition, that is, of Thelonius Monk, Bird, Coltrane, etc.
That is, I will not be playing the diatonic as a blues player might--e.g., no 'bending' of notes, etc., but overblowing will be used.
Most compositions in the canon were written--and, are played--in Eb or Bb. With that in mind, which key diatonic would most lend itself to that tonal center?
Your response is greatly appreciated.
If you want to learn this I suggest you start with the major scales and the triads found in those scales. Then go to the modes and then to the minor and dominant scales. The web is teaming with information about basic music theory and with your experience learning to couple the terms with the sounds you already know will probably happen very fast.
I grew up playing trumpet and baritone so I have some basic knowledge of how to read music, but I don't understand scales, modes, diatonic, triads, etc...What does all that even mean? Where do I start? Do I just try to learn modes and scales, or is there a better way to learn? **What is the best way for someone with lots of experience yet limited knowledge of theory to start getting better?**
Do you recommand the 0.001 or the 0.002mm ?
Where can i buy these on internet?
Thanks forward bro
As for the different occurences of chords on the har, they are not different chords they are the same chord just in different octaves. For example the first position major triad occurs three times on the harp. The first in holes 1,2 and 3 the second in holes 4,5 and 6 and the third in holes 7,8 and 9. 3 times the exact same notes but in a different octave.
Glad I found you. If you are ever in Boston or San Francisco let me know. I'm known to make some killer BBQ and I'd be happy to show some appreciation to thank you for your site.
Been playing for awhile but life and and a new daughter took my attention and rightly so. Anyway I can overblow 4,5,6 easily on any F harp. 5,6 on most others. So my questions is are there inexpensive (prob not) harps that can be purchased off the shelf or that you can recommend that have the necessary work done to the reeds for overblowing? If I can find the right situation I'd like to purchase them ready to go.
Secondly, can you explain from the scale finder exactly what you mean by 1st chord progression, 2nd chord progression, 3rd chord progression. Does this mean the scale progression on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd....or simply 3 different options. Sorry if I'm not wording it right, I'm not sure how to even ask the question. It's a bit confusing at first.
i just want to make sure i start in the right way,
i wouldnt want to re learn and unlearn evreything.
at the moment iam bending all of the notes using tongue block and in the blow bends i use u block
sorry for bothering you, and thanks again
hi tinus, first of all ty for this great site and info
i wanna start overblowing and wondered what is the best way?
i heard somewhere i should used a U block for O/B O/D
is it possible to over blow while tongue blocking?
please let me know which method you find easiet and that allows the best control thx, slava
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I am delighted to have discovered your sight.
Very interesting indeed, thanks for the info. A lot of stuff I hadn't heard about before.
Thought you might be interested in this new page on my web site:
An overview of the recorded history of the overblow technique, from Blues Birdhead to Howard Levy, with some audio clips.
I wish I could play the harmonica
please give the keys to play blues harmonica
if my friends all willing to give the note harmonica
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I say thanks for the
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with the action of the rounded metal
the left and right edges of the slot deform moving closer insidewise
and so the slot become narrower for better air tightness with the reed.
ish liebe dish
It explains it, the slot is narrowed by bending it inward.
i wanna know if imbossing:
consist on removing metal from the plate so that the slot become curved?
just curving the reed?
and what is it for?
I am gonna practice my arse off , cheers mate. oh just one question, do you essentially need to set up the reeds of the harp to get all the overblow bends and stuff?. I hope not, since I am all thumbs and fingers..
I have a request: Could you please add to Scalefinder the Major 6th variant on chromatic bebop tuning? This is the tuning preferred by William Gallison which is shown here: http://www.angelfire.com/music/harmonica/beboplayouts.html#C6Bebop
thank so !!!!
Thanks for the tip.
Gustavo Herrera from Málaga (spain)
Thank you and keep on good work!
Best regards form Slovenia
I just sent an E-mail to Ludo after finding your web-site and I have to thank you very much for all the good information. It is very helpful and you are filling a great need, regarding the chromatic expansion of the diatonic harmonica.I asked Ludo for more info about gapping the reeds. That is the only part of your info that I thought something was missing; at least to me. How do I determine the distance from reed to plate? I know there are people who use machinist feeler gauges to get it right. Help! Keep up the good work.
The principle of playing overblows can be learned in a very short period of time. Understanding how it works doesn't take much time at all. Learning to play them fast, in tune and with a timbre equal to that of the other notes takes years rather than weeks.
For the users of this site the most obviuos new feature is the search box in the right hand upper corner. This will help you find the articles that you need.
Love the web site, do you still play jazz, and where and how do I use your site to help do this.
You might not believe it now, but it is possible to play that hole 7 overdraw as soft as a whisper, almost inaudible.
Thanks Tinus for the making of your sites and for your job to make the harmonica a more advanced musical instrument.
Pablo from Argentina
Sorry my english.
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