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u/winslowyerxa · 12 pointsr/harmonica

You can bend with a tongue block just fine. It takes a bit of practice to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it's completely natural.

Tongue blocking has so many cool techniques and effects that you can't get any other way that it's worth learning how to bend with a tongue block.

Great players vary a lot. Pretty much all of them use a tongue tongue block at least part of the time. Some tongue block all the time. Almost none don't tongue block at all.

My own history started with being puzzled by the advice on the slip of paper that came with my first harmonica, that showed putting three holes in your mouth and then using you tongue to block out two of them. I found I could just get a single note by puckering my lips. And pretty soon I could bend notes as well.

But then I started to notice all the cool things that great players were doing with a tongue block. So I learned to incorporate it. But I could still only bend with a pucker and sometimes I would have to switch back and forth real fast to incorporate a bent note into a line that was mostly tongue blocked. You'd see the harp bobbing in and out of my lips as I switched back and forth - way in for the tongue-blocked splits, then back out for the single note bend.

Eventually I got curious about bending with a tongue block and decided to figure it out. At first it seemed hard and awkward, but after awhile I got the hang of it and didn't ned to make a lot of awkward switches just to bend notes.

So, over the course of a long time, I went from being 90 percent pucker to 90 percent tongue block.

Don't give up. Tongue blocking has too much to offer and it's already your embouchure of choice.


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u/tallpapab · 3 pointsr/harmonica

Take a look at the sidebar. There are pointers to web sites that can get you started. Or you could go old school and pick up a book like Jon Gindick's Country and Blues Harmonica or Harmonica for Dummies. The dummies author, Winslow Yerxa, also has a good Blues Harmonica for Dummies. Or you could just start playing with it. Good luck! Have fun!