Hi, I saw Carlos Del Junco back in March (right before the big lockdown in my area). He played a song that was a sort of classical song where he would use tongue blocking to play multiple parts simultaneously.
Going through my CD collection, I can find several of his albums, but the cases are empty :( - I think stuck in the CD changer of my car stereo that no longer works and won't spit the discs back out.
Does anyone know the name of the song? Anyone know what key of harmonica he is using?
By the way LFLISBOA, I did eventually listen to the entire Jitterbug Waltz video (I was at work when I first gave it a quick listen - and never made it to the right part). So I realize I was a dummy when I last responded. Thanks so much - you really nailed your response to my question.
Any chance you, or anyone else can tell me some exercises or tricks to master tongue blocking a single hole while playing the notes on each side of it? I am dying to be able to play that, but I am really struggling with that. I can easily block 2, 3 or 4 holes and play the notes on each side - just can't get the single hole block to work.
I'm pretty sure the answer is just keep working at it, and I'll get there (I remember learning to bend years ago and thinking there was some secret technique - or even a special harmonica that I needed - but practice was all it took).
Tongue blocking is like any muscle workout, so take your time to getting used to. I don't have any specific exercise, except try to get clean single note, and keep moving all the harp. You may start with a C scale (if you're using a C harp) up and down, then you use one side of tongue up and other side down. Here you'll find some more advanced exercises https://cornerswitching.wordpress.com/ Hope it'll help you Good luck
I'm actually on Vancouver Island - long ways from Ontario. Do you guys have a website - it would be nice to see what you guys are up to.
Thanks again LFLISBOA. I don't seem to be having too much trouble with the tongue blocking on each side, and octave blocking. I am really just struggling on blocking a single hole while playing one note on each side. Feels like i can't make my tongue small enough to cover just one hole and still leave room to play the notes on each side. I'll keep trying - and I'll work on what you provided - hopefully I will get there eventually. Lots of things seem nearly impossible at first, with the harmonica, that you can later do without even thinking about. Hopefully this is one of those things.