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Thread #30247   Message #387991
Posted By: GUEST,Fred
01-Feb-01 - 10:21 PM
Thread Name: Help: Jew's Harp question!
Subject: RE: Help: Jew's Harp question!
One of the things I find essential is to press the tines against my teeth firmly with my hand grip. I just rest my lips on the tines. If I don't press firmly, the thing will vibrate the hell out my teeth. Also it's important to get the distance to open your teeth just right, wide enough to avoid the striker and close enough to keep good contact with the harp.

These things have been around in some form or another for centuries and all over the world. The Tuvan singers I heard a few years ago have a bamboo version, and the technique of keeping the throat open is related to how they do their throat singing. I find if I keep my throat open, I can breath in and out without much effect on the sound produced (I don't think--I guess I'd really have to ask someone listening). They also vary lots in size, resiliency, etc. My favorite was made in Italy.

I also have heard that concerto and was blown away with the wide range of tones the soloist could get out of his harp. I can't do much more than bending the basic note up and down a bit, enough to do things like "Old Dan Tucker" or "Every Time I Go to Town" (which Buffy Saint Marie did on a mouth bow).