Well I read where its a good place to release too much air when you need, and that it should be closed when doing draw notes. But I myself find that it helps me get better draw notes on 2 and 3 holes, because it keeps me from bending the notes. This may change when I get more experienced but like SuperBee said, we should learn to close or open it at will for optimum performance.
The only time I use my nose when I play is if I'm using two harps at once, do not attempt with a cold, HA, HA, just kidding.
The only real problem with using the nose I can think of is that you may not be able to move enough air, try lifting your upper lip off the harp, and inhaling or exhaling over the top of the harp, since your mouth will give a larger opening than the nose can, you should be able to move more air faster.
The tone on 2 and 3 draw, especially on lower harps changes drastically if you leave your nose open. While it's easy to do it with your nose open, both your capacity and your tone will improve if you learn to control it. As to getting rid of excess air, I use Joe Filisko's advice and exhale with my nose open on the blow notes to maintain equilibrium while keeping my nose closed on the draw notes. This works very well for blues where most of the notes you hit will be draw notes.
Last Edited by pythonbeg on Feb 17, 2018 12:09 AM
I'm curious how many have the ability to "open or close " their nose,but didn't get a solid answer when I tried looking it up. I mostly think of it in terms of who can wiggle their ears,or roll their tongue, or whistle etc.
Interestingly the topic that also came up a lot is whether we play better with our eyes open or closed...
Last Edited by Spderyak on Feb 17, 2018 4:24 AM
Spyderyak, we all have the ability to open and close our nasal passage. When playing the harp we think of it in terms of opening and closing the soft palate. The soft palate closes off when we adopt the 'pre-yawn' mouth position, which is why it is recommended by every teacher around. Drop your jaw, open your throat and you will not inhale through your nose.