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Thread #46384   Message #688555
Posted By: Pied Piper
12-Apr-02 - 11:27 AM
Thread Name: Any jews harp players out there? :-)
Subject: RE: Any jews harp players out there? :-)
I play the instrument (cuningly avoiding controvercy)and I find breathing in and out trebles the volume but reduces the subtlety, so I use it to mark the rythm.I taught my self to play and I pluck the tong,blade,vibrating thingy outwards from the cheek, this works fine apart from a tendency to lacerate the finger.I have some bamboo ones that I bought for £1 each from Oxfam shops.They use a cleaver recipricating action so you don't actualy pluck the tong but the end of the bamboo.Ithink they were made in the Phillipines, and the great thing about them is you can tune them by adding a bit of bees wax as a wieght to the tong.The more wax the lower the pitch (about a tone before the tone suffers).I have a collection in usefull keys.

All the best Pied Piper