Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter

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rishio
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Re: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter

Post by rishio » Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:09 pm

I noticed that in the video you mentioned Powerbender is not well suited for tongue-block. I've acquired a 100% tongue-block style, and being fairly new to the harmonica, I'm wondering why Powerbender is not good for tongue-blocking. It concerns me a bit as I go deeper into the tuning using tongue-blocking.

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Tyler
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Re: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter

Post by Tyler » Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:32 am

tongue blocked single notes are still fine, and a lot of tongue block techniques work on the PowerBender. Octaves, low octave vamping, etc. It's when you play the middle octave with tongue blocking accompaniment that things get funny. 5 blow is now the root of the V chord in crossharp, but holes 1-4 blow are the IV chord, so there's no real tongue switching or splits to be had. Same on the draw. Where the dominant 7th of the I cord used to be is now the major 6th / 3rd note of the IV chord. No real opportunities for tongue blocking there either.

Short version: the notes in the lower octave won't sound right with some of the notes in the other octaves when played together, as you would with tongue techniques.

rishio
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Re: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter

Post by rishio » Wed Aug 16, 2017 1:30 pm

I suppose I can live with that though I'm not clear what I am losing out on yet. Many of the harmonica players I like lip purse anyway - I mainly tongue block everything because it's way more comfortable for me than lip pursing. Bending notes hasn't been a problem for me using tongue-block. I'll probably end up using chords and multiple holes at once for adding extra texture. We'll see as I get better the next several years how I feel about the tuning. Hopefully I made the right choice (I never played Richter) because I already invested a solid year and a half on it exclusively and I love it so far! The only other tuning that interests me is Powerdraw but the fact that you can't draw-bend the hole 5 feels annoying to me.

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Re: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter

Post by Sachlaw » Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:04 pm

@rishio
I primarily TB on only Power Bender and Power Chromes now. You aren't missing out on anything that you can't live without.

When I first picked up the PB, coming from Richter, I started focusing on TBing both sides and forward. It really helped me overcome the "different-soundedness" of PB to my ear. Now it sounds more natural than Richter. I do keep an Ab handy in Power Draw, so I can play the melodies, Octave, etc that people's ears are used to hearing on the harp. (at least on the first 6 holes) I don't think I could ever give up the 7-10 hole configuration.

rishio
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Re: Lucky 13 in PowerBender, PowerDraw & Paddy Richter

Post by rishio » Fri Aug 18, 2017 9:05 pm

What is a Power Chrome? And since you use both Powerbender and Powerdraw, What do you like better about powerbender than powerdraw? They seem really similar. I tongue block holes 1-3 on the left side and holes 4-10 on the right side, though this may evolve over time. So glad I learned to tongue-block. I agree about the 7-10 config - that would bother me so much it they flipped it like Richter!
Sachlaw wrote:
Fri Aug 18, 2017 8:04 pm
@rishio
I primarily TB on only Power Bender and Power Chromes now. You aren't missing out on anything that you can't live without.

When I first picked up the PB, coming from Richter, I started focusing on TBing both sides and forward. It really helped me overcome the "different-soundedness" of PB to my ear. Now it sounds more natural than Richter. I do keep an Ab handy in Power Draw, so I can play the melodies, Octave, etc that people's ears are used to hearing on the harp. (at least on the first 6 holes) I don't think I could ever give up the 7-10 hole configuration.

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