Hello Harmonica Lovers!
I’m going to be talking about harmonica bending which always seems to be a subject that beginning harmonica players are scared of. Bending notes on a harmonica gives you that bluesy sound out of the harmonica that you hear a lot in blues and rock music.
There are some other kinds of music that use the technique of bending also such as Country Blues, and Jazz which Stevie Wonder who was famous for bending the chromatic harmonica. Normally the diatonic harmonica is the one most used in bending but the chromatic harmonica can be bent also like I talked about earlier with Stevie Wonder I wrote an earlier post about him that you can check out here>More famous Harmonica Players
The technique of bending changes the pressure of the airflow which allows the harmonica player to bend the pitch of the higher tuned reed down towards the pitch of the lower tuned reed.
Diatonic Harmonica – holes 1-6 can be bent down by drawing in on the harmonica and holes 7-10 can be bent by blowing on the harmonica.
Chromatic Harmonica- holes 1-7 can be bent on draw & blow notes both. Holes 8-11 can only be bent on draw notes. Hole 12 can only be bent on blow notes.
Draw Bends: Lower your jaw while raising the back of your tongue keeping the air flow at the back of the tongue.
Blow Bends: Lower your jaw while raising the front of the tongue slightly keeping the airflow slightly behind the teeth.
The hole that can be bent the most is hole 3 on a C harmonica you can draw bend the hole from an Ab down to a G# an in between those notes.
Here’s a video on harmonica bending so you can see and hear an example of bending.
Have you ever heard of bending on the harmonica?
Have you ever heard a harmonica player do bending on the harmonica?
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