#1
So I think I finally got it, but I'm confused about something. Is your tongue supposed to be touching the airholes when you bend a note?

A lot of internet sites just say to whistle backwards, which is what I do, but the tip of my tongue is still touching the airhole as I am bending the note. I can't find out whether or not I am supposed to be doing this.

I still am getting the sound of a bent note, but I would also like to learn the correct technique, which is why I am asking about it.

So is this the wrong way of doing it or what?
#4
actually, anyone have, like, a guide on how to play harmonica?

ive got one, but i have no earthly idea on how to play it

like, how do you know what note you play?
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#6
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So I think I finally got it, but I'm confused about something. Is your tongue supposed to be touching the airholes when you bend a note?

A lot of internet sites just say to whistle backwards, which is what I do, but the tip of my tongue is still touching the airhole as I am bending the note. I can't find out whether or not I am supposed to be doing this.

I still am getting the sound of a bent note, but I would also like to learn the correct technique, which is why I am asking about it.

So is this the wrong way of doing it or what?


To bend notes (and keep in mind, bending notes on a cheap harmonica is pretty hard) you more or less.. I don't even know how to describe it. I tighten up my mouth and my throat I guess. It just takes practice. I don't think my tongue hits the airhole though.

Also, the sound of a bent note is, well, the sound of a bent note. It slightly differs in pitch from the normal note. You can look for stuff on Youtube for examples if you want.

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actually, anyone have, like, a guide on how to play harmonica?

ive got one, but i have no earthly idea on how to play it

like, how do you know what note you play?


Harmonicas can only play notes from (I believe, I may be wrong) the major scale of the key that they are in. Other notes have to be bent to. Unless you have a chromatic harmonica, which is very unlikely, as chromatic harmonicas are usually $75+.
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#7
To bend a note when playing harmonica you pull your tongue back while playing the note.
#8
I was always told to just blow into the harmonica sideways really hard so you're actually bending a reed the same way you bend a string.