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nacoran
2741 posts
Sep 17, 2010
11:39 AM
What are some words every harmonica player should know the meanings of as part of understanding the harmonica? I'm soliciting for words and definitions. It's not a wiki page, but maybe it can be a start.

Draw
Draw Bend
Blow
Blow Bend
Over Blow
Reed
Reed Plate
Short Slot
Long Slot
Cover
Comb
Embouchure
Acoustic
Amplified
Chromatic
Diatonic
Position
Key
Mode
Major Key
Minor Key
Trill
Wah
Tremolo
Triplets
12-Bar
Chords
Tonic

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Last Edited by on Sep 17, 2010 12:37 PM
Old Dog
75 posts
Sep 17, 2010
11:43 AM
For me, the three most important words are...

Practice
Patience
Persistance

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MrVerylongusername
1234 posts
Sep 17, 2010
11:53 AM
The pedant in me has to point out that it is embouchure, from the French for mouth "La bouche".

Sorry to be petty. I'll try and think of some words now ;-)
Buddha
2454 posts
Sep 17, 2010
11:54 AM
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MrVerylongusername
1235 posts
Sep 17, 2010
11:54 AM
How about dominant and subdominant to go with tonic?

Or maybe just some gin!
Andrew
1182 posts
Sep 17, 2010
12:10 PM
dorian
lydian
myxomatosis
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Last Edited by on Sep 17, 2010 12:11 PM
MP
848 posts
Sep 17, 2010
12:13 PM
enough gin and tonic will make a dominant subdominant.
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nacoran
2742 posts
Sep 17, 2010
12:36 PM
MVLUN, I'm usually really careful, but for some reason spell checker didn't have a suggestion and Google, well Google will guess what you are suggestion and give you the false impression that you've spelled it correctly. If I'd thought of the etymology I probably would have figured it out. I'd also like to organize the words into a sort of progression. You might not need to know Lydian on the first day you pick up a harp, but draw and blow probably need to be explained up front.

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the_happy_honker
25 posts
Sep 17, 2010
12:49 PM
I, IV, V

Circle of Fifths

Single note playing

Overbend: subcategories overblow, overdraw

Vibrato

Cup

Last Edited by on Sep 17, 2010 12:58 PM
clyde
46 posts
Sep 17, 2010
1:12 PM
lay out
The7thDave
161 posts
Sep 17, 2010
1:53 PM
Warble
Double Stop
Glissando
Tongue Block
Tongue Slap
Lip Purse
U-block
Reed Gap
Reed Blow-out
Embossing
Resonance
Chugging/chucking
Solo
Comping
"Gussing"
various names of rhythms


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Last Edited by on Sep 17, 2010 2:07 PM
joeleebush
88 posts
Sep 17, 2010
3:48 PM
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