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Bluebird
9 posts
Dec 17, 2020
11:17 AM
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?

I'd really like to figure it out.
LFLISBOA
104 posts
Dec 18, 2020
6:23 AM
Most likely it's "Jitterbug Waltz" from his GREAT "Big Boy" Album (https://youtu.be/WYUVwWI7ENw)

Carlos may be inspired by Howard Levy (https://youtu.be/OkSb4aeaE90) or vice-versa

Last Edited by LFLISBOA on Dec 18, 2020 6:24 AM
Bluebird
10 posts
Dec 18, 2020
10:05 AM
Thanks LFLISBOA!

Carlos Del Junco was actually playing the Beethoven Violin Concerto that Howard Levy was playing in the video you identified above.
Bluebird
11 posts
Dec 30, 2020
3:08 PM
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).

Still, any ideas are helpful
nacoran
10331 posts
Dec 31, 2020
9:58 AM
Sounds like maybe, since it's broken anyway, you need to aggressively retrieve your CDs from your shuffler!

If these don't work, there is always dismantling it.

https://www.wikihow.com/Remove-a-Stuck-CD-from-a-Car-CD-Player#:~:text=First%2C%20turn%20your%20car%20off%20if%20it%20isn't%20already.&text=While%20the%20car%20is%20off,should%20spit%20out%20the%20CD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gl-TCdev6gw

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Last Edited by nacoran on Dec 31, 2020 9:59 AM
Bluebird
12 posts
Dec 31, 2020
12:21 PM
Thanks for the links nacoran - unfortunately, I have a multi-disc stereo - so I will have to take the dash apart to get the stereo out, and then try to get the discs out.
kham
183 posts
Dec 31, 2020
12:39 PM
Bluebird

Where did you see Carlos? If you're near Brantford, Ont we have a bi-weekly meeting. The Brant Harmonica Guild. We'll start up again after lockdown! Happy New Year.
LFLISBOA
106 posts
Jan 04, 2021
4:19 AM
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
Bluebird
13 posts
Jan 04, 2021
11:14 AM
Thanks Kham,

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.


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