Dirty-South Blues Harp forum: wail on! > tribute to Little Walter
tribute to Little Walter
Login  |  Register
Page: 1

wheel
572 posts
Dec 05, 2017
5:11 AM
Hope you like it!



----------
Konstantin Kolesnichenko(Ukraine)
http://kolesnichenko-harmonica.com/
slaphappy
337 posts
Dec 05, 2017
8:22 PM
you get a very dark sound.

your shakes have an interesting quality to them, are these tongue shakes around 1:13? really cool!


----------
4' 4+ 3' 2~~~
-Mike Ziemba
Harmonica is Life!
wheel
573 posts
Dec 07, 2017
7:04 AM
slaphappy, thank yo so much! I use u-block all the time. I'm not curling the tongue, it's more like blocking the hole from both sides by the tip of the tongue :)
----------
Konstantin Kolesnichenko(Ukraine)
http://kolesnichenko-harmonica.com/
MP
3509 posts
Dec 07, 2017
4:56 PM
Great playing Konstantin!!! Love it! I often use that same technique and find it very effective.
You have a great mic and amp sound!
Very cool tribute to LW.
----------
Reasonably priced Reed Replacement and tech support on Hand Made Series Hohner Diatonic Harmonicas.

'Making the world a better place, one harmonica at a time.
Click MP for more info. Aloha Mark
.
wheel
575 posts
Dec 08, 2017
9:16 AM
Thank you so much, MP! Joe Lee Bush in the book about Little Walter said that Walter played with u-block too :)
----------
Konstantin Kolesnichenko(Ukraine)
http://kolesnichenko-harmonica.com/
1847
4571 posts
Dec 08, 2017
9:23 AM
my guess ceramic jt 30 thru the lunch box or quilter.
my guess the lunch box?
wheel
577 posts
Dec 08, 2017
10:24 AM
1847, It's astatic jt-30 with CM from 70s into Lone-wolf harp break with T-rex delay through di-box into sound card :)
My neighbors don't allow me to play loud through combo :)
----------
Konstantin Kolesnichenko(Ukraine)
http://kolesnichenko-harmonica.com/
MP
3511 posts
Dec 09, 2017
6:40 PM
You deserve praise, Konstantin. Wow, interesting that Joe Lee said Walter U-blocked. He used to actually go and see LW in person so I believe Joe.
----------
Reasonably priced Reed Replacement and tech support on Hand Made Series Hohner Diatonic Harmonicas.

'Making the world a better place, one harmonica at a time.
Click MP for more info. Aloha Mark
.

Last Edited by MP on Dec 09, 2017 6:43 PM
groyster1
3042 posts
Dec 10, 2017
5:19 AM
@MP....Ive seen video of you playing very good little walter harp......
slaphappy
339 posts
Dec 12, 2017
7:52 AM
wheel,

how do you U-block without curling? It seems like using the tip would block the hole you are trying to play. I can't get my head around it.

Also, which book are you talking about where Joe Lee said Walter U-blcoked? I've read Blues w/ a Feeling and don't recall this being mentioned.

Thanks, I always enjoy your posts and music!


----------
4' 4+ 3' 2~~~
-Mike Ziemba
Harmonica is Life!
Joe_L
2802 posts
Dec 12, 2017
11:38 AM
Joe Lee Bush said that Little Walter U-blocked all the time. He has sporadically posted about the subject on Internet forums for years. He usually leaves when beginners call into question his knowledge about the harp. He doesn't put up with a lot of bullshit.
wheel
580 posts
Dec 12, 2017
11:43 PM
MP, thank you soo much!

slaphappy,
It's on 121 page:). When Joe was on this forum he wrote about U-block and Walter too.
BTW among famous u-blockers are Mark Ford, Norton Buffalo and John Nemeth :)
----------
Konstantin Kolesnichenko(Ukraine)
http://kolesnichenko-harmonica.com/
1847
4578 posts
Dec 13, 2017
7:17 AM
i saw an interview with mark ford, he claimed that he tongue blocked.
wheel
581 posts
Dec 13, 2017
8:33 AM
If it was interview on bluesharmonica.com by David Barrett, then later in it he discovered that he was think all his life that U-block is Tongue-block method.
----------
Konstantin Kolesnichenko(Ukraine)
http://kolesnichenko-harmonica.com/

Last Edited by wheel on Dec 13, 2017 8:35 AM
wheel
582 posts
Dec 14, 2017
2:07 PM
Slalphappy, "how do you U-block without curling? It seems like using the tip would block the hole you are trying to play. I can't get my head around it."

It's hard to describe but I'll try :) I flatten the tip of my tongue against the comb. In that way the hole became blocked from the both sides. I think I curl my tongue a little bit but not that much.
I'm not Michelangelo :) sorry
Image and video hosting by TinyPic
----------
Konstantin Kolesnichenko(Ukraine)
http://kolesnichenko-harmonica.com/
slaphappy
340 posts
Dec 14, 2017
2:36 PM
yes, that's it!

I messed around a bit the last 2 nights (because of this thread) and came up with exactly the approach you have pictured there. I know I'm doing it because I feel the air channel over the the middle of my tongue and if I remove my tongue, a chord sounds so it's not like this is just a pucker with tongue on the harp.

It doesn't feel as un-natural as times when I've tried previous, something clicked when you said "tip of the toungue" and I tried and didn't worry about the curl so much.

It's still awkward for me and will take some getting used to but it's a different tone and allows for slaps that sound the holes to the right and left of the note which is a cool texture you can't get any other way. Our own Michael Rubin has a really cool primer on U-block BTW

https://www.harmonica.com/u-blocking-embouchure-55287.html

Thanks again Wheel!



----------
4' 4+ 3' 2~~~
-Mike Ziemba
Harmonica is Life!

Last Edited by slaphappy on Dec 14, 2017 2:38 PM
MP
3520 posts
Dec 14, 2017
7:00 PM
That diagram shows my embouchure exactly except that my harp is tilted at a slight angle downward in my mouth.
----------
Reasonably priced Reed Replacement and tech support on Hand Made Series Hohner Diatonic Harmonicas.

'Making the world a better place, one harmonica at a time.
Click MP for more info. Aloha Mark
.
asilve3
151 posts
Dec 14, 2017
7:57 PM
Sounds great! Really captured his vibe, thanks for sharing!!
----------
AJ Silverberg
www.hearaj.com
wheel
583 posts
Dec 15, 2017
1:30 PM
slaphappy, you are welcome! Very good article. Thank you. Michael is good overblower and it proves that u-block don't have limitations.

MP, maybe my harp tilted with some angle too, but I never saw it :)
asilve3, thank you so much!
----------
Konstantin Kolesnichenko(Ukraine)
http://kolesnichenko-harmonica.com/


Post a Message
Guest Name

Message

(8192 Characters Left)



Please enter the code shown above and click the 'Post Message' button. This additional step is required to help protect against message spam.


 

 

 

 

blues harmonica riffs - harmonica tabs - learn harmonica - play harmonica

play harmonica easily - harp tabs for beginners - blues harmonica lessons

 

ADAM GUSSOW is an official endorser for HOHNER HARMONICAS