This is probably just me - the way I am doing this, but I have a lot more trouble with the 4-5 trill as compared to the 3-4. I can manage both, but I can do the 3-4 more smoothly, go fast or slow. Is there something distinct about the 4-5, or, more likely, is it something I am doing or not doing? Thanks, Rich
what? It's basically the same.. just pretend you are trilling 3-4 when you do 4-5, apply the same everything. or just do it a lot and then you get used to it after awhile is what I notice about most little things like this on the harp. stuff thats weird isn't weird anymore after awhile..
I like the 5-6 trill a lot too
---------- 4' 4+ 3' 2~~~ -Mike Ziemba Harmonica is Life!
It's a mental thing. You have to get used to it. The 5-6 trill is criminally underused and GREAT in 3rd position.
There IS a slight, very slight, difference in embouchure. It's more pronounced if you compare a 3-4 trill to a 9-10 (for instance). Just like how you have to change your attack for the upper end. ---------- Marc Graci YouTube Channel
it's true, 4/5 reeds will respond slightly differently than 3/4 requiring subtle adjustments but in general applying 3/4 trill technique to 4/5 will get you a long way. also, don't forget about 5/6 blow trill (works great on the IV chord)
you can tell a lot about a harmonica player from how their trills/shakes/warbles sound. The best players can make this simple device sound so awesome.. ---------- 4' 4+ 3' 2~~~ -Mike Ziemba Harmonica is Life!
Last Edited by slaphappy on Dec 06, 2017 2:44 PM
Thanks guys - good insights and suggestions. I will keep at it. One of the songs I practice everyday is Muddy Water's "Champagne and Reefer" (a very cool song) which has extended trills which I can now do fairly well.