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4-5 Trill vs. 3-4 Trill
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Rgsccr
475 posts
Dec 05, 2017
6:53 PM
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
slaphappy
336 posts
Dec 05, 2017
8:20 PM
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


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4' 4+ 3' 2~~~
-Mike Ziemba
Harmonica is Life!
Rgsccr
476 posts
Dec 05, 2017
10:17 PM
I kind of figured that. I’ll keep working on it. Actually, I played tonight and it came pretty easy on the right songs. Thanks
Rgsccr
477 posts
Dec 05, 2017
10:17 PM
I kind of figured that. I’ll keep working on it. Actually, I played tonight and it came pretty easy on the right songs. Thanks
Mirco
558 posts
Dec 06, 2017
12:50 PM
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.
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slaphappy
338 posts
Dec 06, 2017
2:44 PM
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..
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4' 4+ 3' 2~~~
-Mike Ziemba
Harmonica is Life!

Last Edited by slaphappy on Dec 06, 2017 2:44 PM
Rgsccr
478 posts
Dec 06, 2017
11:21 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.
Diggsblues
2149 posts
Dec 07, 2017
10:07 AM


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Last Edited by
Diggsblues on Dec 07, 2017 10:08 AM
Rgsccr
479 posts
Dec 07, 2017
11:12 PM
Thanks Diggs - great lesson. I appreciate you posting it.


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