Other Examples
Chromatic scale - C Diatonic
Overblow Bends
Example Eb slow vibrato
Blues example
Blues example II

Choking examples

Choke the isolated blow reed
Blow to choke to overblow
Draw to choke to overdraw

Gapping examples

The first example is played with a gap that is too wide. The blow note will sound long in comparison to the overblown note. The overblown note takes too long before it sounds.

Gap too wide

The second example is played with a gap that is too small. The opposite happens, the blow note sounds short compared to the overblown note and it is slow.

Gap too close

The third example is played with a good gap, both notes sound equal in length and take about the same time to start sounding.

Good gap

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User Contributed Notes
01-05-2009 23:17
Shane Stevens
This is the first time I have been to this site. It has been very imformative for me. I have been playing "blues harp" for well over fifteen years.
I wound up purchasing a cheap five dollar harmonica, many years ago. I carried it with me everywhere I went. It took me about two and half years to learn how to bend a note. It happend literally, quite by accident. After that, my playing has changed dramatically. I started out playing "Mary Had A Little Lamb, and "London Bridge Is Falling Down." Once I learned a few blues scales, and introduce bending, I can't even remember how to play those first things which I learned. I love playing my harmonica(s). They have been good friends to me and have never, ever let me down. Thank you for the information on this site. It have been very helpful.Cheers!
01-05-2009 21:46
Andres Lopez
Hello my friens, I am a beginer and try to practis the scales, but to me is much easy if i have a tabs, is posibly to have blues tabs free in the web? can you help me, I try to play something very easy. I like very much this site, and I will sey thank you.
09-09-2007 13:51
when you are going up you usually are already playing a note in the same hole as the overblow you are going to play. Because of that you are already well centered in the hole and sometimes the drawreed is already moving making it easier to get the overblow. Tou get the overblow faster on the way down practice starting the overblow without first playing the draw or blowreed in that hole and starting the overblow as softly as possible, with relaxed cheeks and lips. That should strengthen your control and will help when playing the overblow coming from a higher note.
08-09-2007 16:48
Rex Platner
Great information and VERY usable. My overblows seem less resp[osive on my way down the harmonica. Think it might be embouchoure or do you have any Ideas how i might strenghen? I can sustain and bend the overblow :) You are far more advanced than I.
26-12-2006 04:36
Chester Borges Durval
Este site é muito legal!
Pena que não tenha uma versão em português!
Aqui no brasil há muitos amantes do blues harp.
17-11-2006 16:49
For the examples on this site I only use diatonic harmonicas in the key of C. The scales and arpeggios and their layout on the c harp can be found in the scalefinder. When I do examples that are specific for overblows I try to play that example for each of the regularly used overblows on the harp. I hope that helps and I will try to better document my examples in the future. Thanks
17-11-2006 06:06
Rick weston
Indicating which harp you're using in your examples (C,D or G) and which hole ( 1,2 or 3) you're using to produce the sound would be very helpful. Apart from that I find your site to be informative and your playing superb.
Keep up the good work!

26-01-2006 23:30
Robert Smith
Great site, thanks for this stuff a lot of players are lookin forewarth to visit your site
Regard's Robert